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Kylie Adams-Collier

 Kylie Adams-Collier 

Bio - A songwriter and storyteller


Contents:

Brief biography 

Festival history

Full music history

Band line ups


Brief biography:


Kylie Adams-Collier is an award winning Kross Kut Records Australian songwriter, festival host and national radio broadcaster with Good Morning Country on the community radio network.  

Kylie has recorded five albums including three solo albums in her colourful thirty year singing career. 


Kylie's  first recording was two albums with the "Snow Leopards" on Waterfront Records in the early nineties. 

Solo albums followed with  "Bellingen Says Goodnight" produced by Brendan Gallagher "Sweet Dreams 'til Morning" produced by Gary Brown  then Kylie's latest album “Little Stone," produced by Lindsay Waddington on Kross Kut Records. 


Single releases from her latest album Little Stone: “Younger in Urunga,” “Montevideo Maru 1942,” “Hook, Line and Sinker” and “On a Sandstone Ridge” have all reached the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart and the Tasmanian Top 30 Country Music charts. 


“Little Stone” has twelve unique original tracks that feature top Australian musicians Lindsay Waddington, Lawrie Minson, Hugh Curtis, Michel Rose, Tony Wagner, Rob O’Sullivan and Tyson Colman.


Kylie is a gifted storyteller and is becoming recognized for her illustrative songwriting in the country music industry with many award nominations and recent wins.


Growing up in Bellingen, northern NSW, Kylie’s creative roots shine through in her rich portrayal of Australian life and history including a respectfully moving tribute to Smoky Dawson with “On a Sandstone Ridge.”


Other single releases from “Little Stone” are “Ferry over the Clarence” on the “Balladeers VOL 20” and “Hook Line & Sinker” on the Champagne Country album with more singles set for 2019.


 Kylie’s writing is influenced by people she meets, their stories and the Australian landscape.


She started writing songs from a very early age. Kylie grew up in a musical house hold and was strongly influenced by her family’s love of Australian poets including CJ Dennis, Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and Mary Gilmore. 


Kylie’s singing career kicked off in the late eighties, singing in bars in Sydney’s inner west. She recorded two albums with the Snow Leopards on Waterfront Records which lead to tours in the early nineties. Since then Kylie has sung in many line ups and has supported such acts as Mental as Anything, Richard Clapton, 

Beccy Cole, Justin Standley and many more.


Kylie’s song writing has also been described as different, memorable, rich, colourful and a painter of words.

Kylie donates 50 cents from every Little Stone album sales to the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia to help raise money for Papua New Guinea and Montevideo Maru  educational package for schools : www.memorial.org.au



Career highlights include meeting the Prime Minister of Ireland Dr Michael D Higgins, Dr Brendan Nelson, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea:,Sir Michael Somare and the Mayor of Rabaul, Changol Manuai.



Festival History:


Festivals Kylie Adams-Collier has performed at:

Pyrmont Christmas Festival : www.christmasinpyrmont.org.au

Tamworth Country Music Festival: www.tcmf.com.au

Hats Off To Country Music Festival: http://www.destinationtamworth.com.au/Events/Music/hats-off-to-country

Poley’s Place Hoedown : www.poleysplace.com

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival ( Nulla Nulla bus trip & MC): www.slimdustycentre.com.au 

Clarence Valley Country Muster: www.cvcmuster.com.au

Kempton Festival: www.heritagehighway.com.au

Bedgerabong Country Music Campout: https://www.123tix.com.au/events/1240/bedgerabong-country-music-campout

Kempton Country Music Muster: www.heritagehighway.com.au

Adelaide Fringe Festival: www.adelaidefringe.com.au

Oatlands Heritage & Bullock Festival: www.heritagehighway.com.au

Deepwater Festival

Bungendore Country Music Muster

Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Festival

Rainbow on The Plains Festival

Bluewater Country Music Festival

Yellowbelly Country Music Festival


Kylie has travelled extensively in the past few years to promote her music.

Other concert highlights:

Pittwater Country:A monthly country music showcase hosted by radio presenter Geoff Williams . 

Donnie Soper's Sunday Country : Held in the Hunter Valley region. 

Canterbury Country:Kylie is a regular guest  on this popular night hosted by Bob Howe and Niki Gillis. 

Five Tasmanian tours thanks to 7Midfm.

Morning Melodies tour to Evans Head and Casino thanks to Jill Thomson. 

Country Music Heritage Association Of Queensland thanks to Russell G Wilson. 

Griffith Country Music Muster.

Forbes Country Music Muster.

Back 2 Basics Concerts.

Kylie Adams-Collier's  music is being played on radio in Australia, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, UK, Belgium,New Zealand,Denmark,Malta,Switzerland,France,Ireland,Poland,Holland,Austria, 

Isle of man and Norway.

Thanks to:

CRS Publicity: www.crspublicity.com.au

Hillcrest Music: www.hillcrestcd.com

Diamond back Records

Checked Label Services

Key 2 Artist Promotions

AMRAP Airit



FULL MUSIC HISTORY:


Growing up in Bellingen, northern N.S.W, Australia, Kylie was brought up with music.

Her mother was a radio presenter at 2BBBfm, Bellingen and opened Kylie’s eyes to a large variety of musical styles.


Kylie left home to study fine arts in Sydney in the late eighties. It was there that she started singing country music in bars and writing songs after her sister, Jenny Adams gave her a guitar.


Her first band, The Willows developed a following at the iconic Sandringham Hotel, which caught songwriter , Bruce Begley’s ( The Honeys) attention.


Kylie joined Bruce Begley’s new band  the Snow Leopards along with Bruce Begley, Andrea Croft 

( The Honeys), Greg Atkinson ( Big Heavy Stuff), Lisa Partington ( The Rosemaries), Peter Kelly 

( Disneyfist), Peter Kelly ( Vanilla Chainsaws), James Lockett, Paul Nagel and Andrew Ingram .

The Snow Leopards recorded two albums on Waterfront Records which lead to a national tour, JJJfm playlisting and a live at the wireless concert plus videos on ABC’s Rage TV. The Snow Leopards got into the Top 10 Alternative ARIA charts and played regularly at venues.

The Snow Leopards were also included in the Roo Art's Young Blood Compilation CD. This lead to touring wuth The  Fauves, The CLouds, The Welcome Mat and many more popular independent bands of the 90's.


Kylie's next collaboration was with the Appollonians ( originals band) , Deep South ( blues band) with Dom Phillips, Tony Cooper and Mark Cunningham. They supported many bands including Canned Heat, The Whitlams, Peggy Van Zalm, Richard Clapton, Mental as Anything, Lonesome Boogie and many more. 


Kylie then moned back to her hometown of Bellingen. This inspired her to write country songs again. She joined Dom Phillips, John Thorne, Karen Braidwood and Brad Ross to form Kitty Adams & The Hi Ho Silvers. They recorded a self - titled EP. Kylie' self penned song about her father  " Wallpaper Horses" made it into the finals in the Capitol Country Music Association National songwriting competition and was covered by local papers and the channel 7 TV. 


Kylie continued to write songs, taking on the stage name Kitty Adams. She worked with other Bellingen artists Sandra Clarke, Leisa Robinson and many more performing at many fundraising gigs, wine fairs and hotels in and around the Bellingen area. 


Popular Bellingen Cafe, Cool Creek Cafe, supported Kylie ( Kitty) in more  ways than one. Annie and Shelley supported Kylie as a waitress where she met numerous touring acts. Sometimes she was a singing waitress on request! Annie booked Kylie as a support act or a headline act and she would fill the venue. This helped Kylie build a strong fan base in her hometown.


Kylie also joined a jazz band , Zoobop, in Bellingen with well respected jazz players, Chris Frater, Peter Crane, Michael Daunt, Greg Richardson and Lawrence Pastro. They performed at two Bellingen Jazz Festivals, Kempsey Arts Ball, Coffs Harbour Food and Wine Fair, pubs and private functions. 


Kylie also teamed up with other singers and song writers and started the Bellingen Singers, Songwriters and Musicians Society (BSSMS). The group held popular monthly concerts in town that was recorded by Radio 2bbb’s Max Thrower and broadcasted on the local radio. Neil Hamilton hosted the evening and it was a great networking base for local musicians and a great platform for playing original music.


Kylie also worked with local Bellingen Musician Nigel Harrington on a dance track on his Nagual album. She also teamed up with Luke Rhodes and Nigel Harrington for a special event at the Cool Creek Café to raise money for local businesses affected by floods.


While in Bellingen Kylie was cast as an extra along with many other Bellingen locals for the major feature film, Danny Deckchair. Kylie travelled to Fox Studios, Sydney, and played the part of a keyboard player in the infamous Macadamia Nut Ballroom scene with Miranda Otto and Rhys Ifans.


Not long after Kylie moved back to Sydney with fresh enthusiasm and high hopes. Roy Payne from the Whiteliners approached Kylie and suggested starting a country band. Paul Hayward, Mark Thomas, and David Hibbert joined them and they became Kitty and The Alley Cats.

They played country classics of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Linda Ronstadt and recorded an EP of Kylie’s original songs. Kitty and The Alley cats played regularly at Sydney venues and recorded a live album at the iconic Town & Country Hotel.


Kylie contacted award winning producer Brendan Gallagher and recorded her first full length album Bellingen Says Goodnight in 2014. Slim Dusty’s drummer, Robert Souter recorded drums with his signature rolling style. Brendan also hired cellist, Peter Hollo to record three cello tracks.

Multi instrumentalists Brendan Gallagher recorded all of the other instruments on the album: mandolin, beetle bass, percussion, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and organ. Kylie recorded with rhythm acoustic guitar, piano and vocals.


Her album of twelve original tracks, Bellingen Says Goodnight, was launched to a sell-out crowd in her hometown of Bellingen in December 2014. 


Locals Vic Manual and the Vass Brothers kicked off the night followed by local musicians Liz Rutten, Greg Sale, Emily Vera and Paul Bulanyi who accompanied Kylie for two great sets. Local radio station 2BBBfm promoted the event and Annie Arnold from Cool Music Productions supplied the ambient lighting for a memorable evening.


Kylie entered her song " Pacific Highway" ( track 10 from Bellingen Says Goodnight) into the Tamworth Capitol Country Music Association's National Talent Quest. She traveled to Tamworth Country Music Festival and took part in the national competition, performing the song in front of a panel of judges. Kylie made it through to the Jamboree and was given an award for reaching the finals. 


Kylie proudly wore the gold medal on a gold ribbon throughout the festival, making many friends along the way!! Kylie wrote down her 2015 Tamworth adventures and wrote " Goodbye Dear Tamworth," dedicated to her new friends and experiences.


This lead to writing more songs and recording " Sweet Dreams 'til Morning" with Gary Brown at Propaganda Studios in Brookvale.

" Sweet Dreams 'til Morning was released in 2016. ( see album page for more album s information).


Over the next few months Kylie sang at local Country Music Clubs, promoting her album while already starting on her next! Kylie was a special guest at the legendary Belrose Country Music Club, Northern Beaches Country Music Club and John Clement's Seaforth Bowling Club. Kylie co hosted the Northern Beaches Country Music Club on a few occasions to help raise money for the fight against cancer.

She then started a Country radio program called Custom Country on Radio Northern Beaches, promoting local country concerts and interviewing and promoting independent Country artists. 


This lead to a loyal following locally and through live steaming. Here she met popular radio presenter David Harris who invited Kylie to perform at live to air concerts from retirement villages for his program "A Senior Moment or Two." Kylie has shared the bill with bush balladeer queen, Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson, Gareth Rowan and Dennis Aubrey to name a few.


While at Radio Northern Beaches Kylie also met another radio presenter,Anne Tomlin. Anne invited Kylie to perform at the Commemoration of the Irish Orpan Girls memorial wall at Hyde Park Barracks. Kylie discovered that her great great grandmother was one of the irish orphan girls. She sang the national anthem and a her newly written song " When loved ones are near " ( track 2 on her album).


Kylie was invited to the annual Hank Williams & Patsy Clive Birthday Bash at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL! She then returned in July 2016 to a sell out audience. Canterbury Country is hosted by country legends Bob Howe and Niki Gillis which she has returned to a few times since.


In 2015 Kylie visited Bill Beerens on Good Morning Country to promote her debut album “ Bellingen Says Goodnight.” She went onto co-host the national radio country show with Bill for eight weeks before taking on her own program. After 16 years popular host Declan moved back to Ireland. Kylie applied to host the popular Sunday morning program and got it. 


She featured mainly Australian independent artists on her weekly program that was  broadcasted nationally to local stations through the Community Radio Network every Sunday.


Kylie now hosts Good Morning Country every Thursday on the Community radio Network jloing the Good Morning Country team which includes Kevin Walsh, Georgie Cadwallader and Mike Stewart.


After touring with " Sweet Dreams 'til Morning" and picking up songwriting awards, Kylie began working on her next album.

She recorded  her third solo album "Little Stone" with Lindsay Waddington on Kross Kut Records in 2017 releasing it later that year. 


This catapulted Kylie into the country music festival circut and after travelling thousands of mile in a very short period of time, 

Kylie's name is getting nationally recognized on the road and on the airwaves. 

 

As news, tours and songwriting continues, follow Kylie on Instagram or simply contact her yourself through the contact page.



Band line-ups over the years:


Band Name: The Willows

Year: 1988

Band members: Paul Hayward : bass, Greg Morrow: guitar, Peter Kelly: drums, Bruce Begley: guitar, Kylie Adams: vocals, Tony: harmonica. 


Band name:The Snow Leopards

Year: 1991

Band members:Bruce Begley:guitar, Lisa Partington: voacls, Kylee ( Kylie) Adams: vocals,Andrea Croft: vocals, Paul Nagel:guitar,Pater Kelly: drums, Peter DJ Kelly: bass, James Lockett: keyboards, Greg Atkinson: vocals, Andrew Igram: bass

Recording: self titled and Sweet Sweet Dreams ( see music page). 


Band name: Deep South

Year: 1994

Band members: Kylie Adams: vocals, Dominic Phillips: guitar, Tony Cooper: drums, Mark Cunningham: bass.


Band name: Apollonians

Year: 1995

Band members: Kylie Adams: vocals, Dominc Phillips: guitar, Tony Cooper: drums: Mark Cunningham: Bass. 


Band name: Adams Sisters

Year: 1998

Band members: Kylie Adams: vocals, Jenny Adams: guitar & vocals

Recording: Not released. 


Band name : Kitty Adams & The Hi Ho Silvers

Year: 2000

Band members: Kitty  Adams ( Kylie) : vocals, Dominic Phillips: guitar, Karen Braidwood: bass, John Thorne: drums. 

Recording: Not released. 


Band name: Kitty Adams ( Kylie)

Year: 2000

Collaborated with: Nigel Harrington, Sandy Clarke, Luke Rhodes, Greg Richardson, Leisa Robinson,Willow Wishart,

Tony Polson and many more.

Recording: Mudpies EP: Not released.


Band name: Zoobop

Year: 2001

band members: Kitty Adams ( Kylie): vocals, Chris Frater: saxaphone,Peter Crane: guitar, Greg Richardson: bass,

Lawrence Pastro: drums, Michael daunt: keyboards. 


Band name: Kitty and The Alley cats 

Year: 2003

band members: Kitty Adams ( Kylie): vocals & guitar, Roy Payne: guitar & lapsteel, Paul Hayward: bass, Dave Hibbert: drums, Mark Thomas: pedal steel.

Special guests: Trucker Bob, Buddy Cartwright, Greg Morrow, Jeff Pope. 

Recordings: live at the Town & Country Hotel 2004 and an EP.  Not released.



Solo artist name: Kitty Adams

Year 2007

band members: collaborated with may people then had a break from live music. 

Continued writing.


Solo artist name: Kylie Adams-Collier

Year: 2014

First solo recording : Bellingen Says Goodnight. 


Solo artist name: Kylie Adams-Collier

Year: 2016

Second solo recording: Sweet Dreams 'Til Morning.


Solo artist name: Kylie Adams-Collier

Year: 2017

Third solo recording: Little Stone.