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The incredible talents of NICKI GILLIS have been honoured over the weekend, with the announcement of her being named the 2007 COOPERS GOLDEN SADDLE AWARD winner.

Nicki was up against two strong contenders – Aussie troubadour Lee Forster and new talent Markus Meier (Shock Records).

The Coopers Golden Saddle Award has put the spotlight on Nicki and her latest single REMEMBER ME, as it rockets up the Top 30 Country Tracks airplay chart, currently sitting in the Top 20.

Nicki’s career has gone from strength to strength – having entertained the troops in Iraq, named 2006 Blue Mountains Music Awards Outstanding Contribution to Blues/Jazz Music Award, releasing her acclaimed album LUCY’S DAUGHTER late 2006 under the guidance of producer Roger Corbett, and this year named Open Album and Independent Female Vocalist of the Year at the Horsham Country Music Awards.

Her current album has been acknowledged with two hits taken from the album – LEAVIN’ YOU FOR MYSELF (co-written with Kevin Bennett) and the current single REMEMBER ME (co-written with Roger Corbett).

Nicki’s golden voice goes hand in hand with her new title, having recently supported James Blundell at Eastside Café, Nicki will be performing at upcoming music festivals in Mildura and Broken Hill.

Her new clip for REMEMBER ME will be hitting CMC in coming weeks.

Hi Everyone,
Yes I know it’s been a while…. Well months actually… been a little busy but certainly not complaining. The next couple of months will see me traveling far and wide from Gympie to Galston then off to Bourke and down to Mildura with a trek out to Broken Hill thrown in for good measure….

News and past events
Remember Me #21 on the Country Tracks Top 30 this week – Thank you again to all of you in radio for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated.

Leavin’ You For Myself on The Best of CMC DVD 2007 – you can see the full rundown of all the artists at www.countrymusicchannel.com.au . Don’t forget to request the “Leavin You” video clip while you’re there….ps new clip should be out very soon!

Jamm4Genes – First of all a very big thank you to everyone that came along to one of the biggest “Country Music Jamms” on August 2nd, at Canterbury Hurlestone Park RSL. Jamm4Genes was part of Jeans4Genes day raising money for the Childrens Medical Research Institute where they tirelessly strive to find a cure and genetic answers to diseases such as epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and cancer just to name a few. It was a great night and with such a star studded cast how could it not be. So many artists gave up their time to perform for the cause - Stacey Morris, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, James Blundell, Drew McAlister, The McClymonts, Karl Broadie, Nick Kingswell, Jake Nickolai, Nick Phillips, Jonah’s Road and Morgan Evans. With Frank Ifield and Jim Haynes who so graciously hosted the event.

Itunes - You can now purchase any track or the whole Lucy’s Daughter album on itunes http://www.apple.com/search/downloads/?q=nicki+gillis  . If you would rather a hard copy of the album you can go to my website www.nickigillis.com  and order online or go to your nearest music store and order a copy.

Mornings with Kerri-Anne – With less than 24hours notice I was privileged to receive a phone call to perform on Mornings with Kerri-Anne a couple of weeks ago. Sorry, I would have loved to have let you all know beforehand but with such short notice I was hard pushed to put a band together. Thank you to all the boys who arrived so early on Tuesday morning to play live to air – Roger Corbett, Brad Bergen, Tim Wilson, Rex Goh and Sam McNally. You guys made it so easy and a lot of fun. (I will hopefully be able to upload some vision on my website soon).

James Blundell at the East Side Arts Centre Saturday, 4th August – now I have to admit I was a little nervous about this one but at the same time honoured to be asked to support James Blundell (after all I am a big fan) and thanks James for having me perform on your show. A true gentleman and charismatic performer… and what a great intimate venue the Eastside Café in Paddington is which allowed for an up close and personal approach (maybe I should have kept some secrets to myself? hehe…)

And “Way Out West” with the Sunny Cowgirls – Well I should say out East as the Koorda Hotel is about 3 hours East of Perth, WA. I supported the girls for one show of their West Australian tour. What a hoot and it was great to catch up with Sophie and Celeste. Thanks girls for having me! (sorry couldn’t help myself with the title…it was just right there in front of me!)

Coming up…….
Gympie Muster 2007 – Back to the Muster after 3 years and looking forward to it. Can’t believe it’s been over 10years since winning the Gympie Muster Talent Search….. so much has happened since then but it still seems like yesterday. I’ll be at the muster on August 22nd, 23rd and 24th with a full band. Check out www.muster.com.au for the full program……what a great line up!!

Coopers Golden Saddle Awards – as a total surprise to me (as it is something that you do not enter yourself) I have been named a finalist at the Golden Saddle Awards this year to be held on Sunday September 9th as part of the Galston CMF. This year the festival will run from Friday night 7th. Go to

www.gcmf.com  to find out all of the details. The other 2 finalists are Lee Forster and Markus Meier.

Off to the Back of Bourke – On the road with Tall Timbre and Bryen Willems. Should be a hoot… always an adventure on a Tall Timbre Tour. Quite possibly a little like the Leyland Brothers as I’m sure Ted has marked out some off road shortcuts along the way. The dates and venues are:
Thu 20 Sep – Cobar Bowling and Golf Club 7pm
Fri 21 Sept – The Oxley Club, Bourke, NSW 8pm – 11pm
Sat 22 Sept - Bakra Hutz farm stay Breewarrina 8 pm start till late!

Mildura CMF – Being held a little later this year. Sept 28th to Oct 7th.
Check out the full program at www.milduracountrymusic.com.au 
As usual I am sure there will be lots of laughs and fun along the way. Rumour has it that Midnight Madness will again be missing from the event but I am sure there will be some larrikins amongst us willing to find a suitable bootleg venue…. Now it just wouldn’t be ‘country’ if they didn’t!!

Trecking out to Broken Hill –I will have been on the road for a good 3 and ½ weeks before hand and have decided to fly into Broken Hill for the Country Music Festival to be held from 11th -14th October. I’ve heard so many great reports about the festival and look forward to getting out to Broken Hill. I’ve also spoken to many that have at some stage of their lives lived in the town.

Thank you for being a part of the Nicki Gillis journey.. The best way to keep track is to visit www.myspace.com/nickigillis  as I am able to update it more often. I am now working on a new website where you should be able to subscribe, which will also make it easier to email you all and not get in trouble with Optus for suspected spamm
ing!!….. technology seems to do nothing but take up lots of valuable time?? But then again with out it I would be photocopying this newsletter and sticking stamps on envelopes….hmmm a novel idea…. Until next time take care and hope to see you a gig real soon!
Nicki x

Full gig guide:
Sun 19 August – Royal Cricketers Arms Hotel, Prospect, NSW 12.30pm-3.30pm
Wed 21 – Fri 24 August – Toyota Country Music Muster – Gympie
Sat 8 Sept – Galston CMF – Galston Club, NSW
Sun 9 Sept – Galston CMF – Fagon Park, Galston, NSW
Thur Sept 13 – Canterbury Hurlestone Park RSL, Canterbury, NSW
Thur 20 Sep – Cobar Bowling and Golf Club 7pm
Fri 21 Sept – The Oxley Club, Bourke, NSW 8pm – 11pm
Sat 22 Sept - Bakra Hutz farm stay Breewarrina 8 pm start till late!
Fri 28 Sept – 7 Oct – Mildura Country Music Festival, Vic
Thur 11 Oct – 14 Oct – Broken Hill Festival, NSW
Fri 26 Oct – Pacoe Vale RSL at Northwest FM Country Music Guild
Sat 3 Nov – Mittagong RSL, NSW 8pm
Sun 2 Nov – Rooty Hill RSL, NSW 1-4pm
And on Cool Country 1476AM weekends 6am-noon
STOP PRESS… Nicki named Golden Saddle Awards Grandfinalist…STOP PRESS…
For interviews or further information contact
Publicity – RUM Entertainment
Ph/fax 02 42851461 (m) 0439 730 460

We Remember and Celebrate Mother’s Day only once a year…. But Mum’s are on the go 365, 24 / 7 !!!!!!

Following the top 10 chart success of ‘Leavin You For Myself’, Australian Country artist, Nicki Gillis is about the release her second single ‘Remember Me’ to radio. ‘Remember Me’ is from her award winning album “Lucy’s Daughter” released through One Stop Country late 2006.

’Remember Me’ is a song for Mum’s to remember that they are important too..
“Sometimes we get so involved with children, work and other family commitments that we lose sight of who we really are, but let’s not forget the Dad’s either” Nicki has said.

“When I first started writing this song I was marvelling at the fact that one day you can be a person full of hopes and dreams, then you’re pregnant and all of a sudden everyone treats you completely differently. As an expectant mother you are then poked and prodded by doctors and specialists, you very quickly find out the truths of childbirth and beyond, and then finally, once the baby is born you become that child’s “Mum”.. infact people stop calling you by your first name.” “Being a Mum is one of the most difficult roles you can ever take on in your life but full of so many amazing moments and rewards. You find that nothing else will ever measure up to that feeling and bond a mother has for her child but if you lose who you are in the process then your children won’t know who you really are.”

This is the first of many songs off “Lucy’s Daughter” that reflect a pure intimacy into Nicki’s own experience. “Up until now my songs have only skimmed around the edges of personal experiences, but when I was writing for this album I took on a deeper challenge to write on a more personal level”.

• Winner of the 2007 Horsham Country Music Awards Open Album of the year for “Lucy’s Daughter”
• Winner of the 2007 Horsham Country Music Awards Independent Female Vocalist
• Winner of the 2006 Blue Mountains Music Award for outstanding Contribution to Blues/jazz music.
• 2007 finalist for the Coopers Golden Saddle Award.

Nicki Gillis “Lucy’s Daughter” is proudly distributed by One Stop Country and available at all good independent music retailers including JB Hi Fi and Leading Edge stores.
Win a signed copy of Lucy’s Daughter thanks to CMC.
Go online to
and answer one easy question….

Happy Easter 2007
First of all a very Happy Easter to you all, though a confessed chocoholic I don’t only like this time of the year for the chocolate but mostly for the time to spent with family and friends and for a chance of New beginnings. (Yes my girls were extremely excited about the Easter Bunny arriving and thankfully not too much chocolate has been consumed as yet).

…..and it has taken such a joyous occasion to prompt me into getting my act together to write. Well also the fact that I was in my sick bed for three days with some sort of throat infection which we now joke seemed to rob me of the things I love to do the most…. That is talk, eat and drink red wine. It was difficult being bed ridden and I have to admit it gave me lots of time to think about the things I would rather be doing (and how much work I have to catch up on…. So now that I am back on my feet I thought I would forget about the work and write to you all).

It is a pretty exciting time. “Leavin’ You For Myself” had reached #11 on the Top 30 Country Track Charts and the video clip is now at #27 on the CMC chart. Thank you to all that are requesting it on CMC… to keep it on the chart, keep requesting and for those of you that would like to join in the fun go to
www.countrymusicchannel.com.au  and join up(it doesn’t take long to do). Then request away. The more the merrier… the chart is put together by number of requests.

Other news is that ring tones for “Leavin You For Myself” and “Watch The Wildflowers Grow” are now available at

Coming soon…..especially for those overseas, you will be able to download tracks from my album via CDbaby… just give it a couple of weeks and I will hopefully have it all up and running. (I do listen to your requests… it just takes me time to get it together).

Check out my new look website
www.nickigillis.com  which I am able to update more often now. Infact catch up on news from the past 3 months and for more info keep an eye on www.myspace.com/nickigillis  as there is more news on there (read the blogs).

Looking ahead… May is very exciting as I am heading down to Melbourne and will be performing in acoustic mode at the Elwood Lounge on Thursday May 17 (Friday May 18 I have a ticket to the Keith Urban concert…can’t wait for that!!!) Then on Saturday 19 I will be performing in the Dandenong’s as part of the 3MDR fundraiser to be held at “Elevations at Emerald” . Oh and then back to Sydney on Sunday 20 for a special fundraising Cruise on the Harbour.

This Thursday 12th April, I am again hosting “Canterbury Country” as Bob Howe is away cruising the ocean somewhere…… come and join in the fun this month as we present “Angels and Honky Tonk” of course the Hillbilly Heaven Band are the Angels!!!

Check out the gig guide below for more up and coming gigs. If you would like a weekly gig guide sent to you then email bryenwillems@optusnet.com.au  and you will gladly be put on the list(that’s if you don’t already receive it). I now have another exciting option thanks to the girls at Hotsource. You can become a fan online by simply going to http://www.hotsource.com.au/directory/artist/7499/Nicki_Gillis/  then click on “Add me as a Fan”. You will receive a weekly newsletter with my gig guide and other news.
Well I think that’s about all for now.
Until next time, take care
Nicki x
Gig Guide
Fri 11 May – Antill Golf Club, Picton 7.00pm
Tue 8 May – Fairfield RSL 8pm
Thu 10 May - Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL (w/ Stui&Camille and Drew McAllister)
Sun 20 May – Harbour Cruise Luncheon Show 11am
Sun 27 May – Belrose Country Music Club 5th Birthday Bash! - Belrose Bowling Club 2pm
Sat 16 June – The Loaded Dog Hotel, Tarago, 9.00pm
Sat 30 June – Beresfield Bowling Club, Beresfield 8.00pm
And on Cool Country 2KA 1476AM weekends 6am-noon
Alex Watt, Dean Perrett and Nicki Gillis currently all have Top 20 hits on country airplay charts.

All three artists are enjoying first time Top 20 success, with Dean & Alex featured on the Top 30 Country Tracks chart, and Nicki sitting at #14 on The Music Network Country Hot 30 National Country Airplay chart.

Both Alex and Nicki are gaining recognition for their singles taken from debut albums, while 2007 Golden Guitar finalist Dean Perrett, delivers album number seven.

With continued support, the singles ‘Jewel Of The Newell’ – Dean Perrett, ‘Watch The Sun Go Down’ – Alex Watt and ‘Leaving You For Myself’ – Nicki Gillis, will maintain a strong presence on radio.

For further information:
RUM Entertainment
Ph/fax 02 4285 1461 (m) 0439 730 460
Nicki's Latest Album
On The Mountain -  Special Edition. 
 I have now combined To Here…Hear and On The Moutain and
 Called it On The Mountain Special Edition so it now has 15 tracks on it rrp $20

With Keith Urban and Aunty Jo (84), my travelling companion
With Charlie Pride at the Grand Ole Opry

Nicki is a class performer and is ready to spread her soulful style all the way to the top.
Be sure to see Nicki live to witness the performance of a lifetime.
For further information contact:
Nicki Gillis
Mobile: 0427 447 768
Email: niclee@tpg.com.au
Nicki Gillis
National Country Music Muster

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