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Fan Fair is getting a name change only.  Next Year's event will be known as
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Photos  Fan Fair 2004
Keith Urban
Chris Watson in Keith's photo queue. 
Australia's Jedd Hughes     Click here Jedd's Index Page
Australia'sJedd Hughes  Click here Jedd's Index Page
Bethany from Kansas City
Samantha from Kansas City
Jedd with Fan
Jedd and Fan
The flag wavers: Kerry, Lynette, Mavis - all of Sydney Australia
Kylie Harris
From CMA World .com
Kasey Chamber Award
Present by Ed Vincent, Executive Director of CMA; accepted by Tim Daley,
Australia Country Music Channel  (Riverfront Stage International Awards)
Kasey Chambers and Slim Dusty Awards  
(Riverfront Stage International Awards)
Kasey Chambers Named 2004 Global Country Artist; Meryl Gross Receives Jo Walker-Meador International Award; Slim Dusty To Be Presented Posthumous Honor

NASHVILLE - Recognition of outstanding industry contributions is part of the mission of the Country Music Association – including those accomplishments outside of our domestic borders. CMA recently announced international awards for three Australians who have made an impact in the global popularity of Country Music.

CMA will honor Country artist and Australia native Kasey Chambers as the recipient of the 2004 Global Country Artist Award. The Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who has both furthered Country Music’s popularity and brought attention to the format in their foreign-based territory. Chambers’ first solo album The Captain has sold more than 300,000 copies in Australia, earning her two ARIA Awards for Country Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year in 2000. She had two
sold-out national tours following her second album, Barricades and Brickwalls. In 2002, the instant success of “Not Pretty Enough,” the third single from that album, gave her a simultaneous No. 1 for the single and album on the National ARIA chart – making her the only Australian act to achieve that feat in 2002. The album has gone on to sell 7x Platinum and win Chambers an armload of awards including the Country Music Association of Australia Entertainer of the Year. Chambers has also achieved critical and sales success in the U.S., UK and Europe.

A panel of international Country Music leaders voted for the award from a slate of 10 finalists chosen earlier this year. The CMA Board of Directors then unanimously ratified their choice at their recent February board meeting. An invitation has been extended to Chambers to perform at the Greased Lightning™ Riverfront Park Stages, where her accomplishment will be recognized during the 2004 CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair®.

At the same meeting, the CMA Board of Directors also unanimously approved the CMA Global Markets Task Force’s recommendation of naming Australian Country Music legend Slim Dusty as a posthumous Global Country Artist Award winner. Dusty, who passed away on Sept. 19, 2003 after a lengthy battle with cancer, was one of the most awarded Australians ever with a career that spanned six decades. He was the first Australian to receive a Gold record, the first to have an international hit record and the first singer in the world to have his voice beamed to earth from space when astronauts Bob Crippen and John Young played “Waltzing Matilda” in 1983 as the space shuttle passed over Australia. He won 35 Golden Guitars; received more Gold and Platinum record awards than any other Australian artist; was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame; received the MBE and Order of Australia trophies; and was one of the earliest inductees to the Country Music Roll of Renown. In 1999 he was named Father of the Year and Senior Australian of the Year. He was known as the “Historian of the Bush,” but his songs and his stage performance reflected the changing face of Australia over half a century.

Chambers and Dusty’s fellow Australian Meryl Gross was recently presented the Jo Walker-Meador International Award at Australia’s Tamworth Country Music Festival by artist Terri Clark and CMA Board member Rob Potts. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside North America. Gross is currently a director and principal operator of Vital Entertainment Solutions, which focuses on the recording, distribution and marketing of international and local Australian Country Music, and is a director on the board of the Contemporary Country Music Coalition. Previously Gross served as CEO of the Country Music Association of Australia, where she initiated (and continues to control) the successful Fan Fest series of concerts for developing artists at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Prior to that she was Head of Contemporary Music for ABC Enterprises for eight years, where she contributed greatly to the development of Australian Country Music. She also worked for 25 years at Festival Records, including the last 12 years as International Director.
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