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    Now, where’s that horse?
    The quirky Somebody Stole My Horse is single #2 for Tennant Creek-based singer-songwriter,
    Harmony James. The former ringer and CMAA College of Country Music graduate, who now works with the Department of Primary Industry in the Northern Territory’s Barkly region, has followed her Top 10 success with Tailwind by unleashing her “Horse”. Tailwind remains one of CMC’s Top 50 most viewed clips and can be requested by logging on to: www.countrymusicchannel.com.au .
    Just one day after Somebody Stole My Horse was released to radio, it appeared on playlists of major stations across the country, which delighted Harmony no end.
    “I’m really pleased people are responding so warmly to the songs I’ve written,” Harmony said. “When they’re your own, it’s hard to know if other people will relate to them and love them as much as you do. Horse is a real favourite of mine and I’ve had some wonderful support with that particular song from the Northern Territory Government.” Tailwind is a finalist for APRA/AMCOS Single of the Year at the Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards. The awards are staged during the 21st Mildura Country Music Festival, with winners announced on Saturday, October 5 in the Mildura Arts Centre Theatre. This has been a momentous month for Harmony, with her signing a distribution agreement with One Stop Country, which will see her self-titled EP in stores Australia wide. From her home in the Territory, Harmony has managed to cover most eastern Australian states this month, starting with her attendance in Melbourne at esteemed international songwriter Pat Pattison’s workshops. Then it was northwards to Brisbane, to film the new clip for Somebody Stole My Horse. Australia’s Top End was next on Harmony’s dancecard, for a series of Darwin Festival appearances. With three great shows to her credit there, plus her surprise live radio guest appearances on Darwin ABC, Harmony won more fans than she bargained for. Harmony is in contention for the MusicOz People’s Choice Awards, where voting is conducted online and via sms. Visit www.musicoz.org  and you’ll find Harmony James listed under H in Musicoz artists. Follow the prompts and you can listen to four of Harmony’s tracks and cast your vote. The next few months will be busy for Harmony, with gigs as far abroad as Toowoomba in Queensland and Alice Springs Rodeo in the Territory.
    For bookings or to arrange an interview, visit the website www.harmonyjames.com  or www.myspace.com/harmonyjamesmusic
    Release created 25.8.07 in Tamworth by Anna Rose Media Solutions for and on behalf of Harmony James
    Tailwind is Harmony's first hit
    First top 10 hit for Harmony James
    Tailwind, the first single from Harmony’s self-titled EP, has reached #7 on the Country Tracks Top 30, giving the Territorian-based artist her first top 10 hit.
    On August 18 Harmony is delighted to be performing at the Darwin Festival – recognised nationally and internationally as the Top End’s premier festival for its quality, diversity and innovation in arts programming and presentation.
    The Darwin Festival was born out of the destruction and devastation of the natural disaster on Christmas Eve 1974 when Cyclone Tracy tore through the Territory’s capital. The 2006 festival attracted an audience of 548,000 and organisers expect this figure to be surpassed in 2007.
    The festival is held over an exciting 18 days and nights, with local and touring performances and events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual artists. During the festival, Darwin buzzes with performers, artists, locals and visitors, enjoying the vibrant and colourful atmosphere and festivities it has to offer.
    Harmony’s deput EP, four original songs produced and engineered by Herm Kovac at Ramrod Studio, utilised the cream of Australia’s session musicians – drummer Rudy Miranda, bassist Ian Lees, pedal steel supremo Michel Rose, Mick Albeck on fiddle and on guitars – James Gillard, Glen Hannah and Duncan Toombs.
    To arrange an interview with Harmony, phone Anna Rose on 0409 514 933.
    For further information, visit the website, www.harmonyjames.com
    Harmony’s Tailwind whirling up the country charts
    Harmony James has hit the right note with her debut single, the self-written Tailwind, shooting up four places this week to #20 on the Country Tracks Top 30.

    The accompanying video clip has been picked up by CMC on its new playlist and with a bit of a gust behind it, should make its way upwards to the most requested chart.

    Based in the Northern Territory’s Barkly region, Harmony works for the Primary Industries Department, so by day, she’s a real life cowgirl. When she heads home of an evening, Harmony is a fair dinkum country songwriter – and a good one at that.

    In 2006 Harmony entered and won the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association’s Amateur Songwriting Contest, then went on to achieve international acclaim as the first Australian to take out the Country division of the prestigious International Songwriting Contest.

    Her Herm Kovac-produced EP of four originals, is recommended listening. As well as Tailwind, there’s Somebody Stole My Horse, Big News and Home.

    Listen out for the sweet sounds of Harmony James on your favourite radio station, or visit her website: www.harmonyjames.com
    Release created 29.6.07 in Tamworth by Anna Rose Media Solutions
    for and on behalf of Harmony James

    Harmony’s debut single hits the charts
    from Anna Rose
    Being the first Australian to win the country section of the famed International Songwriting Contest was pretty impressive – but just take a listen to the debut EP of Harmony James and you’ll be knocked out. This gifted singer-songwriter, who lives and works in the Barkly region of Australia’s Northern Territory, was born to be a cowgirl – but a fall from a horse resulting in a broken collarbone, led her to take a new path – university – to study more about the field she’d been working in. Harmony is now with the Department of Primary Industries, advising graziers on feeding and breeding programs and husbandry practices. When she’s not surrounded by Mitchell grass, cattle and graziers, Harmony concentrates on her other love – songwriting. A prolific writer, Harmony first received recognition for her work at the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival, when The Next Big Thing was named winner of the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association’s country songwriting contest (amateur section). This was the same year Harmony graduated from the CMAA Australian College of Country Music. In June of that year Harmony won the Adelaide River songwriting contest with another stunning original, Big News. Heartened by those achievements, Harmony entered Herm Kovac’s Ramrod Studios in Sydney later that year and began recording her debut EP of four original songs, with that CD launched at the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival. One of those songs, Tailwind, was written just before she began recording and her producer felt it was too good a song not to put down on record. Just as well, as that was the song that won Harmony the ISC country category – and is the subject of her first video clip, which has been submitted to the Country Music Channel. Tailwind entered the Country Tracks Chart with a bullet and is now sitting at #27 – but with a good gust behind it, the single should soon make its way towards the top 10. Keep your eyes and your ears out for Harmony James. She’s certainly a girl on the move.

    Don’t forget to visit www.harmonyjames.com
    to keep up with all of Harmony’s latest news and achievements
    Prepared in Tamworth 15.6.07 by Anna Rose Media Solutions for and on behalf of Harmony James

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