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Nellie Donovan
Nellie’s Steppin’ Out
Just a few weeks after filming her latest clip Nellie Donovan is ecstatic about its release. And that doesn’t include jumping out of a plane over Caloundra. Even local WIN TV News turned up to see what all the fuss was about.

It’s been all good for the 2006 Qld Gold Medallion New Talent Winner & Musicoz finalist since making the finals of the prestigious 2007 Starmaker Quest and attending this year’s CMAA Graduate College. This morning she received news that she’s a finalist in the 2007 Gold Medallion Female Vocal Category.

Nellie’s had nothing but encouragement this year and after the success of the Caboolture CM Outdoor Muster in May, she’s feeling pretty happy about the great exposure here in Australia and overseas with her single releases since distributing for international airplay.

Here’s some of what’s happened lately ..
STEPPIN OUT released on NfS 114
Hot Hit of the Week three weeks ago - CMR Nashville
Live interview - featured on Australian Showcase AROUND THE CAMPFIRE with Host Daryl Kirkup. Airs every Thursday (UK time) 12.00pm to 2.00pm and repeated every Sunday from 6.00am to 8.00am (UK time) EST Australia 3.00pm
On the playlist with Nick Erby's CMR Saturday Night
Live interview - Kickin’ Back with Dan Ranie at 98.9

No 1 after 3 weeks on UK Radio where the charts are gagged by requests from listeners. ‘Most of the CDs sit between 20-30 for the first month but Nellie’s came in at No 5 for the first week. I was amazed to open up the chart and see her at No 1’

Dave Smith Berkshire England
Jukebox Show & On The Move Entertainment
Entered Chart at 37
The Joyce Ramgatie TOP 40 International
The Netherlands

CMC continues to support both clips on the pay tv channel.

Australian Independent Country Music Awards at Mildura VIC
2007 QLD GOLD MEDALLIONS – Female Artist of the Year

Toyota Star Maker Finalist 2007; CMAA College Graduate 2007
Music Oz Finalist 2006; Qld Gold Medallion New Talent 2006
Steppin Out
Stepping out of her comfort zone and overcoming her fear of the stage,
Nellie Donovan is taking a chance to follow her dream.

The third single off her debut album of the same name, Steppin Out was recently released to radio stations accross Australia on NfS 114.

Nellie co-wrote the song with (then) Brisbane based producer Michael Flanders. "Working with Mike was amazing," says Nellie "he knows how to bring out the best in a song". Michael also produced the song and album and has since based himself in Nashville.

"Steppin Out is about stepping out of my comfort zone to take a chance on myself, as I've really had to overcome a fear of being on stage to follow my dream. I hope that this song inspires others to also "step out" and live the life they dream because, as I'm finding out, it is the most rewarding experience I have ever been blessed with."

Nellie has certainly made some impressions since releasing her debut album early in 2006, as both a Music Oz finalist last year and a Toyota Star Maker finalist earlier this year. She humbly states "I am very grateful for the incredible opportunities that have come my way and look forward to the response to this song."

A video clip, being produced by Golden Guitar finalist Millhouse Productions, will follow in July.

Further information can be found at Nellie's website www.nelliedonovan.com 
2007 Starmaker finalist Nellie Donovan's newest single Sing Me An Angel has just been released into the European Market via the Hillcrest Country Music Radio CD.  Click here Hillcrest Music info

Nellie's busy April touring calendar included an appearance at the Caloundra Fireman’s Fundraiser on the 14th and a hugely successful night performing with The Rain at the Inglewood Show in Southern Queensland before Easter. By the end of the night the dance floor had turned into dust clouds and a great night was had by all.

She's just been invited back to the Mildura Country Music Festival held from Friday September 28 - Sunday October 7 and nominated alongside Tracy Coster Felicity Urquhart Nicki Gillis and Merilyn Steele for Best Female Vocal in the Inaugural Horsham Country Music Awards, to be announced on April 21.

See details below in the Gig section which includes the 2007 Urban Country Music Roadshow at Queen Street Mall on the 20th; and the Variety Bash Fundraiser on the 21st with fellow country artists The Rain, Michael Bryers and The Vibe.

Check out the new design of Nellie's MySpace page www.myspace.com/nelliedonovan  where you can also listen to the new songs added: Steal My Heart Away written by Jason Kemp and Smooth written by Jason Kemp, Chaise and myself. Please add Nellie as a friend or send her a message.

Her film clips of Cruisin and Sing Me An Angel are still playing on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel in Australia and you can request them by visiting the CMC website www.countrymusicchannel.com.au  clicking on requests and typing in the name of either (or both) songs.
Upcoming Gigs
Friday 20th April, 1.30pm onwards
Queen Street Mall, 2007 Urban Country Music Roadshow
Saturday 21st April, 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Variety Bash, The Witta Recreation Club, Witta – BYO swag
Sunday 6th May, 11.30am – 12.45pm
Songwriters Café, Urban Country Music Festival, Caboolture
Sunday 6th May, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Big Fish Tavern, Caboolture
Friday 1st June, 6pm – 7pm and 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Caloundra Show, Maleny Show Grounds
Saturday 2nd June, 4.45pm – 5.45pm
Crackerjack Carnival, Clem Jones Sports Centre, Carina
Sunday 3rd June, 12.30pm – 1.40pm
Crackerjack Carnival, Clem Jones Sports Centre, Carina

Nellie Donovan mailto:nelliedon@optusnet.com.au
www.nelliedonovan.com ; www.myspace.com/nelliedonovan
Click here Hillcrest Music info
Big Weekend for Nellie Donovan at Mud Bulls & Music
After a month of touring in North Queensland and a quick trip to the Mildura festival Nellie Donovan’s back on the road and just finished appearing at the Mud Bulls & Music in Landcruiser National Park at Kilcoy in Southern Queensland this weekend.

The unique 4-day event blends traditional and contemporary competition, a Bull Ride and 4x4 action events with music and lots of fun. Nellie stepped on stage at the Club Country Bar this morning at 10.00am singing most of the songs from her latest album STEPPIN OUT released late last year.

The show started early at 8.00am with the Bush Poets Brekky. Also appearing were Carter & Carter, Col Finley & Friends, Travis Collins, The Distance and finalists from the Country Talent Search.

It’s twelve months since the Michael Flanders produced first single Sing Me An Angel and second release Cruising introduced Nellie to the country music industry and she’s been on the circuit ever since.

It’s obviously only the start.  Her music clip Cruising filmed in May by Ross Wood just made the Top Ten Musicoz The Channel (V) Best Unsigned Video Clip Award 
Link to Top Ten Finalists: http://www.musicoz.org/awards_2006.shtml
Some news from Nellie
Hi Everyone
Well I have been fortunate enough to have travelled from one end of Australia to the other, saw some amazing country and met some incredible people.
After performing at the Gympie Muster (main stage) which was an absolute dream come true, I then made the long track up to Croydon with fellow country music artists Adam Kilpatrick, Col Finley and Jessica Belle, Croydon was great and the people will make you feel right at home, well worth the trip and if you are going up that way make sure you book into the pub, where you will find excellent accommodation, meals and friendly atmosphere.

4 days in Croydon, 1 day at home and then it was off to Mildura for the 10 day independent country music festival, and my first experience.

What a fantastic festival, singing everyday with great backing bands to huge crowds was incredible, meeting artists who I have followed as a fan for years was one of the highlights for me. To be amongst so many talented performers and learn from the best, everyone is only too happy to help out.

Performing Cruising for the pre-awards party was amazing feeling one that’s hard for me to explain. I stepped out on stage and there in front of me sat all the country music stars, I felt as though I was in a dream, truly magical, thank you so much to the organizers for the opportunity and for making my Mildura one to cherish.

To be apart of this event and surrounded by these beautiful and giving people was an honour. Thank you to those of you who took the time to share the tricks of the trade, and for your guidance and friendship.

Back to reality, I’m now working on my 3rd single which should be released in the not too near future. 2nd single Cruising is still doing well, thanks to all the radio presenters who continue to support me.

Also thanks to CMC Tim Daley for playing Cruising and 1st single Sing Me An Angel, and to those of you who continue to request both songs.

I’m performed at the Mud Bulls and Music, so if you’re looking for a great weekend full of fantastic music, camp fires, and laughter, check it out at www.mudbullsandmusic.com
Nellie Donovan
Nellie Donovan wins NEW TALENT 2006 QLD Gold Medallion Awards
with second single from album STEPPIN’ OUT
Hotly contested the new talent finalists this year were all female.
Nellie Donovan’s win with Cruising stands strongly in the emerging artists category. Still surprised at the nomination the demure brunette who sports a captivating album produced by Michael Flanders and a slick film clip by Ross Woods collected the 2006 New Talent Award at last night’s Queensland Gold Medallion Awards in Toowoomba.

It was no mean feat against the other nominees. Selected by registered radio presenters and high profile industry personalities the finalist credentials obviously did not go unnoticed. Tough competition from Luella Widt’s sophisticated album and recent tour, Daisy May Wegner’s rousing Say It To My Face; Emerald win and return from Camerata & Tamworth; the beautiful 2006 ABBA winner Julie Perandes and Me and Moonlight penned solely for her by songwriter Ernie Constance; and newcomer Fiona Hayward’s Sunburnt Land.

‘Well you wouldn't believe it but I won last night’ Nellie said this morning ‘It took me by surprise! I had only just finished telling Steve that I wouldn't win but was really happy just to be nominated.’

‘Didn't we get a shock and I was not prepared at all and forgot to thank heaps of people.’

‘The win really did take me by surprise. I felt honoured to be nominated in the first place but winning Best New Talent for Cruising is the icing on the cake.”
‘Heart felt thankyou’s to all the radio presenters for their votes WARP and their on-going support. Really appreciate it! Thank you to NfS for getting our singles out to the radio stations and creating feed back for us. A big thank you to Jason Kemp for writing the song Cruising and letting me add it to my album. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Producer Mike Flanders and Engineer Jason Millhouse for their awesome work on my album.’
‘Thanks too to the Gold Medallion sponsors Porters Transport, Tamworth Songwriters Assoc, LBS Music Group and NfS Publicity.’
To find out more please visit website: www.nelliedonovan.com
Steppin’ Out: Distribution through One Stop Entertainment

Nellie Donovan ‘CRUISING’ New Talent Finalist QLD Gold Medallion Awards

Excitement was an understatement and anything but ‘Cruising’ for Nellie Donovan when she read the media release and found her name in the New Talent Category.

The finalist berth was somewhat of a shock when she opened an email forwarded by a friend and discovered its contents late on Wednesday night when the finalists were announced.

‘So excited….can't believe it .. can't even write ..Thank you, you just made my day, night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ she said overwhelmed.

It took a day or two for the news to settle and to look at next month’s itinerary. Attending the awards evening in Toowoomba on Friday August 4 is a preliminary to a hectic two months touring in September and October.

‘I’m so excited to be one of the finalists in the Queensland Gold Medallion Awards for new artist and feel extremely honoured to one of the chosen few’ Nellie responded as she finalised tour dates.

Nellie will join Col Finley and Jessica Belle in Sawtell on September 7 to tour northern New South Wales and Queensland. The tour ends in Cairns North Queensland on September 19 after three days at the Croydon Festival. The trio then head south to Victoria where all three will appear at the Mildura Country Music Festival from September 22 to October 1.

‘Cruising’ on Nfs 104 April compilation is the second single from Nellie Donovan’s debut album ‘Steppin’ Out’ released at Tamworth in January this year. Her first single the inspirational ‘Sing Me An Angel’ was released to radio earlier in August 2005 on NFS 99.

Produced by industry pro Michael Flanders the album is a collection of work by established writers Chaise Flanders Col Finley and Jason Kemp and Nellie. The result is a collection of superbly crafted songs with an edgy modern country texture.

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