Jake Nickolai Gigs
6 - Club Marconi, Bossley Park, NSW (Aussies Walk The Line)
7 – Rupertswood Horse Club, Townsville QLD (Telstra Road To
14 – Oonadatta Racecourse, SA
28 - Hexham Bowling Club, NSW (Aussies Walk The Line)
4 - Dapto Leagues Club, NSW (Aussies Walk The Line)
Photo Courtesy of Greg Young
Recorded Footage from Aussie Artists at
the CMA Global Artist Showcase.
During our recent trip to Nashville for the CMA Festival, we
recorded some footage from the CMA Global Artist Showcase.
The night featured Australian artists Jake Nickolai (who appeared
courtesy of a Commercial Radio Australia sponsorship) and 2006
Telstra Road To Tamworth winner Nick Kingswell, along with other
artists from all over the world.
TimHollandCountry.com has put a four and a half minute video
together featuring interviews with the two artists and some
You can now see it online on the website. The direct link is;
Take a look!
For more information contact;
Jake Nickolai, Jedd Hughes, Col Finley,
Jessica Belle, Sherrie Austin,
(a US country music
Caitlin Evanson, Catherine Britt
and Tim Holland The
Some of the Australians in living and
recording in Nashville
(Photo Courtesy of Kerry Roberts)
Fan Fair 2006 Jake Nickolai
(photo courtesy Mark Edson)
Fan Fair 2006 Jake Nickolai and
Catherine Britt (photo courtesy Mark Edson)
Fan Fair 2006 Jake Nickolai and
Catherine Britt (photo courtesy Mark Edson)
Aussies Walk the Line" A
Tribute to Johnny Cash
Star City Showroom Starring Richard Clapton, Beccy Cole,
Brian Cadd, Adam Harvey, Rick Price, Catherine Britt, Mike Carr,
Steve Forde, Jake Nickolai, Travis Collins 8.00pm
Bookings: Ticketmaster on 1300 796 330
Tuesday 18 July 2006 @ 8.00pm
Wednesday 19 July @ 1.00pm & 8.00pm
Thursday 20 July @ 8.00pm
Friday 21 July @ 8.00pm
Saturday 22 July 2006 @ 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Sunday 23 July 2006 @ 3.00pm
JAKE NICKOLAI - CRA SPONSORSHIP TO NASHVILLE
2006 FOR CMA GLOBAL ARTIST SHOWCASE
Australian Artists at Nashville Fan Fair 2006
April 7: Most of the program schedule details have been
released for the 2006 CMA Music Festival (a.k.a. Fan Fair) to be
held in Nashville the week of June 5, and Australian artists are
The week’s events start Monday evening with the CMA Global Artist
Showcase - a free concert event featuring performances from a
variety of international country music artists at The Stage On
Broadway in downtown Nashville with Brad Johner
Kingswell (Australia), Jake Nickolai
(Australia) Jacqueline Van Der Griend (The
Netherlands) and Tantowi Yahya (Indonesia).
The Riverfront Park Stages will be the site of the Wide World of
Country Show on Sunday at Noon with Catherine Britt
(Australia), Lane Brody (Greece), 2006
Telstra Road to Tamworth winner Nick Kingswell
(Australia), 2006 CMA Global Artist Award winner
Jason McCoy (Canada), Michelle Wright
(Canada) plus more artists to be announced soon..
To see the full line-up of the week’s activities along with photos
from previous Fan Fairs, visit
JAKE NICKOLAI TO PERFORM
IN NASHVILLE AND ON THE ROAD
WITH TOMMY EMMANUEL
Young guitar slinger, Jake Nickolai, will be heading to Nashville
as recipient of a CRA (Commercial Radio Australia) sponsored trip
in June 2006, where the Country Music Association of America has
invited him to perform on their prestigious CMA Global Artists
Showcase. It is part of the annual CMA Music Festival (formerly
Fan Fair) and Jake is one of only six artists to be invited.
“I’m honoured to be invited to perform on the Global Artists
Showcase and appreciate this recognition. This opportunity is
something I’ve been dreaming of for years!” an ecstatic Nickolai
Before his feet were allowed to hit the ground, Jake discovered
that guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel has invited him to guest on part
of his Australian tour, with dates in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay,
Rockhampton and Maryborough this month.
It’s been a momentous year for Jake who raised the roof with his
own shows during the Tamworth Country Music Festival before
traversing the continent opening for the CMAA Entertainer of the
Year Beccy Cole as well as playing in her band.
Jake ‘s showcase album “Think About You” was released in March and
the first single “Think About You” reached the coveted #1 spot on
the CMC chart. His new single “Three Days Drivin” is at radio now
and receiving airplay across the country. Jake was also a finalist
at the New Artists 2 Radio showcase, held at Darling Harbour
recently. It was here that Nova’s Bianca Dye announced that he had
received the sponsorship.
Jake’s charismatic stage presence and blistering musicianship
appeals to audiences of all ages so don’t miss ‘the kid with the
guitar’ performing with Tommy Emmanuel on the following dates:
Wed 9th Nov Cairns Civic Centre
Thurs 10th Nov Townsville Civic Centre
Fri 11th Nov Mackay Entertainment Centre
Sat 12th Nov Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton
Sun 13th Nov Brolga Theatre Maryborough
Jake’s other accolades include a 2004 Golden Guitar nomination,
2003 Finalist Toyota Star Maker Quest, 2002 Finalist Trans-Tasman
Entertainer of the Year, 2001 SA Champion of Champions and 2000
Victorian Champion of Champions.
For interviews contact:
Sue Camilleri, (08) 89 412 512/0408 412 512 or
For further information:
Gill Robert, Vital Entertainment (02) 9712 2046 or
Jake Nickolai to perform in Nashville with
Commercial Radio (CRA) Sponsorship
Young guitar slinger, Jake Nickolai, had no time to digest
the news that he was off to Nashville when Nova’s Bianca Dye
introduced his performance as one of the finalists in the “New
Artists 2 Radio” Showcase at Sydney’s Convention Centre at Darling
Harbour on Friday night before launching into a sizzling set.
Bianca introduced Jake and announced that he was the recipient of
a CRA sponsored trip to Nashville in June next year where the
Country Music Association of America have invited Jake to appear
on their prestigious CMA Global Artist Showcase (one of only six
international performers) during the annual CMA Music Festival.
This has been a momentous year for Jake who kicked of 2005 with a
string of gigs in Tamworth at the Telstra Country Music Festival
and then packed his bag to spend the year opening for Australia’s
CMAA Entertainer of The Year, Beccy Cole, as well as playing in
her band. During this time Jake has built up a legion of fans,
both young and old, who are attracted by his music and his
Jake’s guitar skills have seen even the most experienced musicians
do a double take on the “kid with the guitar” and whilst
comparisons to Keith Urban are natural, Jake would be only too
happy to follow in his footsteps and this sponsorship is the first
step in that direction.
“This opportunity is something I’ve been dreaming of for years!
I’m so excited with the chance to go to Nashville thanks to the
CRA and becoming involved in the music scene there, especially
during the CMA Music Festival when so many brilliant musicians are
performing around town at the various venues. I’m honoured to be
invited to perform on the CMA Global Artist Showcase and
appreciate this recognition,” said a very excited Jake after the
Jake plans to extend his time in Nashville to work on his writing
skills and catch up with ‘mates’ Catherine Britt and Jedd Hughes.
November sees Jake back on the road opening for guitar hero Tommy
Emmanuel during his Australian tour, another milestone in is short
During 2005 Jake released a mini album Think About You from which
has emerged two very successful singles, both reaching #1 on the
Country Music Channel where his clips are highly requested.
His next single will comprise on of the two tracks he performed at
the New Artists 2 Radio showcase, the Mark O’Shea composed
Suddenly I. The track will be released in January to coincide with
next year’s Tamworth country music festival.
Jake and Aleyce are
two of the artists mentioned
Jake Nickolai: Aged 21, Jake is an
accomplished guitarist and singer, and is currently touring
Australia as the opening act with leading country music
entertainer, Beccy Cole.
Aleyce Simmonds: At 18, Aleyce burst onto
the Australian music scene by winning the 2005 Telstra Road to
Tamworth/CMA Global Artist Talent Search.
Jake at Nelson Bay RSL June 2005
Rod McCormack and Jake
- Hotshot guitarist and ABC Music act Jake Nickolai - the Whyalla born artist who now calls Melbourne home.
Nickolai won wide exposure on Nu Country TV for the video of
Faster featuring a brace of Melbourne icons such as Flinders
Jake, 20, and a graduate of the CMAA College of Country Music in
Tamworth, made the Top 10 of the best new talent section of 2004
Australian Country Music Awards.
He also performs the Daniels Johns song Miss You Love on Garth
Porter produced ABC concept disc Crossing The Tracks.
FANFEST GOES BUSH!!!
The Board of FanFest and the Country Music Channel are
pleased to announce a brand new initiative –
FANFEST TOYOTA OUTBACK CONCERT SERIES
Kicking off at the Henty Field Day, the first FanFest Toyota
Outback Concert will be staged on September 22nd and provide lunch
time entertainment for the big crowds expected at this regional
Starring Golden Guitar winner, Felicity Urquhart, 2004 Toyota Star
Maker winner, Travis Collins, and ABC recording artist,
- Jake Nickolai,
- this will be the first in a series of
regional concerts presented for Toyota by FanFest and CMC.
FanFest is one of the main attractions during the Tamworth Country
Music Festival and this is the first time FanFest has gone “on the
“We are particularly excited to join forces with CMC and our long
time sponsor, Toyota, to provide entertainment for the crowds
attending these regional Field Days” said Meryl Gross, Chair of
FanFest. “The Field Day experience will be filmed by CMC along
with the performances of each of the artists involved and
reinforces CMC’s commitment to take Australian country music to a
city and country audience”.
The Henty Field Day program runs from September 21 – 23rd, 2004.
For further information please contact Ronda Toner
Ph: 02 9798 8824
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