Winning his first major award
DREW McALISTER HITS HIS
2007 Golden Guitar winner, Drew McAlister, has kept the
momentum going picking up a finalist spot in the Telstra
Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards to be
held in Mildura on 6th October.
McAlister has been given a nod in the Australian Independent
Male Vocalist of The Year alongside Travis Sinclair, Nik
Phillips and Paul Costa for his song "Along For The Ride".
Co-written with Allan Caswell, "Along For The Ride", was
released to aid Tour De Cure - the charity bike ride from
Brisbane to Sydney to raise money for Cancer Charities within
Last week, McAlister was invited to be part of a secret live
concert to be filmed for the season final of the top rating
television program, "Discover Downunder", along with Tania
Kernaghan and Lee Forster. Shot on location at Port Stephens the
trio wowed the lucky crowd and had a fun filled day. The episode
will air this Saturday at 4pm on Channel 9, WIN & NBN and
Drew McAlister has spent the past 7 months touring as part of
the Aussies Walk The Line Shows (with Mike Carr, Jake Nikolai &
Nick Kingswell) and recording his debut album which will be
released in November through Red Rebel Music/MGM Distribution.
For further information, please contact:
Karen Waters, Red Rebel Music
Phone: 0418 614 359
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Hurlstone Park RSL, Hurlstone Park, NSW
31 - with Aussies Walk The Line The Highwaymen, York On Lilydale,
Mt Evelyn, VIC
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2 - with Aussies Walk The Line The Highwaymen, Chelsea Heights
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3 - with Mike Carr, Ringwood RSL Club, Ringwood VIC
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Castle Hill, NSW
6 with Aussies Walk The Line The Highwaymen - Club Marconi,
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HARD WORK & DETERMINATION
PAYS OFF FOR DREW!
Australian Country Music’s most exciting
new talent, Drew McAlister’s consistent hard work has certainly
paid off - winning his first major award during the Tamworth
Country Music Festival.
Drew received his first Golden Guitar Award in the prestigious
Country Music Awards of Australia in the Vocal Collaboration of
The Year category along with his songwriting partner, Allan
Caswell, for their duet “A Little Bit of Country In Us All”.
“To win my first Golden Guitar from my first nomination is
something that I could never have believed would happen to me. It
is 100 percent the highlight of my career, no doubt about it. It’s
a dream come true”, Drew said following his Golden Guitar win on
Drew is no stranger to the country music scene – he’s been working
hard for the past couple of years honing his craft and preparing
for his debut album which will be released this year.
In 2003, Drew took out the Gympie Muster “New Talent” competition
which spear-headed interest and support from the country music
scene. Graham Thompson from Compass Brothers Records saw Drew’s
potential and invited him to record “The Shearer’s Dream” on “The
Australian Storytellers” compilation album released through the
Since then, he has continued to write songs and perform live with
fellow country artists including Tania Kernaghan, Melinda
Schneider, Mike Carr and Beccy Cole.
Drew returns to the studio in February to complete his debut
album, “These Days”, which is scheduled for release in April.
Drew McAlister’s latest single, “Broken Angels”, is at radio now.
BIG YEAR FOR QUIET ACHIEVER - 2006
Australian Country Music’s most exciting new talent, Drew
McAlister, has been working quietly and consistently throughout
2006 – and all his hard work has been rewarded with nominations in
all the major country music awards presentations during the
Tamworth Country Music Festival next month.
Drew has scored his very first Golden Guitar nomination for the
2007 Awards alongside mentor and songwriting partner, Allan
Caswell. The pair has scored a finalist spot in Vocal
Collaboration of the Year for their song “A Little Bit of Country
In Us All”.
The TIARA Awards’ 10 Anniversary Awards has given Drew two nods –
the first in the Michael Cowdroy Songwriting Award for “Keep on
Keeping On”, and also in Male Vocal for his latest hit, “Broken
Again with songwriting partner, Allan Caswell, Drew - along with
Al Craig - have scored a berth in the TSA Songwriters Salute
Awards for Gospel Song of The Year for their beautiful
composition, “The Candle”.
To cap off his big year, Drew, supported ALT Country star Anne
McCue, was also named as a finalist in the Golden Saddle Awards
and has had two chart hits – “Change” and “Broken Angels”. “Broken
Angels” is currently making it’s way up the KIXFM chart debuting
at Number 18 and the Mildura Hot 100 at Number 80 this week.
Catch Drew McAlister Live during Tamworth
22 Jan – The Longyard, Tamworth 12.30pm
23 Jan – West Leagues Club – TSA Showcase, Tamworth 10.30am
23 Jan – City Plaza Instore, Tamworth 1pm
23 Jan – TREC Outdoor Stage, Tamworth 5pm
24 Jan – Services Club – Songwriters Showcase, Tamworth 9am
24 Jan – The Longyard, Tamworth 12.30pm
25 Jan – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth 4pm
26 Jan – City Plaza Instore, Tamworth 3pm
27 Jan – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth 12.30pm
For further information or interviews, please contact:
Karen Waters, Manager
Red Rebel Music 0418 614 359
DREW McALISTER TO OPEN FOR ANNE
Contemporary country artist, Drew
McAlister, has been announced as opening act for acclaimed
Australian alt country artist, Anne McCue's Melbourne show.
McCue will be back in Australia promoting her brand new album,
"Koala Motel", with shows at the Queenscliffe Music Festival, The
Vanguard in Sydney and East Brunswick Club in Melbourne.
McAlister will join McCue at the East Brunswick Club on Tuesday
28th November and will road test a number of new songs from his
forthcoming debut album.
Drew McAlister's latest single, "Broken Angels", is at radio now.
For further information and interviews, please contact Karen
Waters 0418 614 359 or email
Red Rebel Music
DREW TO ATTEND OFFICERS' BALL
Country artist, Drew McAlister, has been officially invited to
attend the prestigious Officers' Ball this weekend.
The invitation was extended by the Forces Advisory Council on
Entertainment (FACE) - the organisation responsible for
identifying and securing suitable artists to entertain Australian
forces all around the world.
Drew has traveled overseas on two occasions for FACE to
entertain our troops - the first in 2004 followed by his second
visit in 2005.
"It’s an honour to be invited to attend the Officers Ball. I am
looking forward to catching up with some of the great people I met
on my travels to the middle east", says Drew.
Joining Drew McAlister at the Officers' Ball being held in
Canberra this Saturday (23rd September) will be Little Pattie,
Angry Anderson and Bessie Bardot.
Drew McAlister's latest single, "Broken Angels", is at radio now.
RED REBEL ADDS 3!
Red Rebel Music is proud to announce three new artists to
it's management roster - Stephen Rowe, Drew McAlister and Lee
Originally from Broken Hill in NSW, Stephen Rowe, is an exciting
new name in Australian Country Music. He was has been a boxer,
motocross champion, a successful ballet dancer and now country
singer/songwriter. You may recognise Stephen as the male singer in
Tania Kernaghan's hit, "Yee Ha!". He has recently finished
recording his debut album which is co-produced by Anne McCue and
the first single from the album will be released shortly.
Drew McAlister is one of the freshest and best new
singer/songwriters in Australia. He has had a number of chart hits
including "Going Home" and "Change" and has recently released a
scorching new single "Broken Angels". He is currently writing with
Alan Caswell for his debut album which is slated for early 2007.
Lee Forster is gathering momentum with his latest single, "A Fire
In The Bar". The song is receiving major radio airplay and is a
popular video on CMC. He was named the Capital News TSA New
Songwriter of the Year winnerfor 2006 and recently wrote and
recorded the theme tune to the fantastic new television program, "Cruisin'
Karen Waters from Red Rebel Music says, "I'm very excited to be
working with these talented guys. All three are unique and
passionate about what they do musically. It's great to work with
people who are so driven by what they do".
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TO THE MIDDLE EAST
DREW MCALISTER RELEASES DEBUT EP
11th October 2004. Our troops in the Middle East get the
first taste of up and coming contemporary country artist Drew
McAlister’s debut EP released on the 1st November 2004.
Drew recently returned from a 2 week, 40 degrees Tour De Force of
the Middle East performing for the Australian and Coalition Troops
where he and his acoustic guitar blew away over 4,000 defence
force personnel. With 2 weeks notice to pack his bags and a few
nerves thrown in, Drew took the flight over with The Choirboys,
Bessie Bardot and George Smilovic performing 10 shows over the
Australian audiences will get to hear Drew’s self-funded and
independently released 5 track EP on 1st November. Co-Produced by
Drew himself and CMAA Ahievers Award Engineer of the Year, Ted
Howard the EP was recorded at Garth Porter’s studio Rancom in
Sydney and features some of the cream of country music sessions
players, Mitch Farmer, Ian Lees, Ian Gillard, Glenn Hannah,
Michele Rose, Mick Albeck and Duncan Toombs.
The lead radio track “GOING HOME” will be featured on NFS
distributed to over 850 media outlets across the country.
When asked why he accepted the invitation to perform for the
troops in the Middle East at such a dicey time, Drew responded, “I
figured if they (meaning the coalition troops) had to be over
there the least I could do is sing them a couple of songs, I met
some fantastic people, British, Americans, Canadians, New
Zealanders, Australians and they were just so glad that we came
over to perform for them”.
“I also felt very proud of our guys, they have a way of working
with a great sense of humour under some very difficult conditions,
the Australians here are renown for doing it once and getting it
right, there’s nothing left to chance, says Drew”.
“When we were not performing, we were going around and meeting the
troops which was a highlight for all of us, so many different
characters, it was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my
life and I’d gladly do again”, says Drew with a big smile on his
A far cry for a boy who grew up in the country town of Moree and
moved to Sydney in his late teens. At the time he was more of a
pop/RNB artist and was signed to EMI Records. Things didn’t work
out with some management change overs and creative direction and
Drew decided to leave the label and take stock. He then ventured
to the US no less than 4 times collaborating with elite writers in
search of himself and his sound. Upon returning in 2002, Drew
realized where his music path lay, contemporary country music and
immediately set out to write his own songs also co-writing with
the likes of Alan Caswell and Alan Craig for a few tracks.
Drew will be performing along the East Coast over the coming
months promoting his EP including appearances at the forthcoming
Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2005.
Other key EP tracks include “Empty Pockets”, “Change”, Keep on
Keeping On” and “Broken Angels”. The EP is distributed by One Stop
Entertainment for all sales enquiries please call: 07 3279 2754
For further information please contact Encompass Management:
Tel: 02 9947 9600 email:
- Drew McAlister Success
Keeps On Keeping On
Drew McAlister who won the 2003
Maton Talent Search
Winner ,one of the nation’s most prestigious competitions
just keeps on keeping on. Drew's latest achievements include
Songwriting sessions with Michael
Carr, Melinda Schneider and Allan Caswell. Also having
a track on the new Compass Bros. release "Australian
Storytellers" with a remake of "The Shearer's Dream"
and now this week has been selected in the top 10 in the Country
Category of Musicoz 2003 the national songwriting
Contest that has more than $100,000 worth of cash,
prizes and industry opportunities available. The song
"Keep On Keeping On" sees him in the competition with some
of the stars of country music including Carter &
Carter, Michael King, Fisk And Christian to name a few.
Winners will be announced on 15th November in
Wollongong at a gala spectacular. To see the complete
list of winners go to
those of you wondering who new artist on the scene, and winner of the
Gympie Muster Maton Talent Search is, this is the Drew McAlister story
Raised in Moree in country NSW he grew up singing
whenever and wherever he could. Drew’s potential was recognised early
when he was chosen to take part in the Talent Development Program.
Drew left home after finishing school to head to Sydney to try his
luck in the music business. He immediately picked up session work for
major brand television commercials and went on to land a recording
deal with EMI. Several years later Drew parted ways with the label in
order to pursue a different musical direction in the Contemporary
1998 Drew signed a worldwide publishing deal with EMI and now has over
200 songs in his catalogue. He has visited the US four times and has
worked with noted writers and producers of such artists as Wynonna,
Clint Black, Reba McEntire and Patty Loveless. It was during a trip to
Nashville collaborating with fellow Australian writer Heather Field (
1996 APRA Songwriter of the Year and Rick Price “Heaven Knows”) that
finally made sense to Drew. Coming home he started to write the songs
that had been inside him just waiting to get out.
style is that of a storyteller and when listening you learn about his
family and his life. “Katie’s Song” was written for his sister for her
21st birthday and after hearing it anyone would wish they
had a brother like him! “The Change”is about his mother and the “empty
nest” after Drew and his 3 siblings had moved on. He also has a bar
room story about how his grandpa lost “Half an Ear”. In “The Fabric of
My Life” Drew tells the story of his musical journey. If you want to
know about Drew McAlister all you have to do is listen to his music.
has made several appearance at Blacktown RSL and each time wins more
fans with his distinctive vocals and heartfelt songs.
will be appearing with Beccy Cole at Blacktown RSL on Friday 24th
Drew McAlister and Therese
(Blacktown RSL Club)
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