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 Shaza Leigh

2007 Female Vocal of the Year Queensland Gold Medallions

LBS Music’s premier female artist scored the top prize in one of Queensland’s leading country music awards over the weekend.
Shaza Leigh was named 2007 Female Vocal of the Year at the Queensland Gold Medallion Awards in Toowoomba on Friday night for the third time.

Selected in two other finalist categories Touring Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, Shaz is a Queensland radio favourite winning the trifecta 2005 2006 & the 2007 esteemed female category.
The magic carpet ride that started at last year’s 2006 Tamworth Hands of Fame induction is still flying high for the Tamworth-based artist who still spends many months at the Gold Coast’s Robina studio and touring in Queensland. Her latest album Strength Within scored more than a few honours of its own since its release.
Old Calare - the heartfelt song about losing on the land co-written with the late Greg Gordon hitting 18 on CMR Country Charts Top 30 was named a big winner at last year’s Qld Medallions and a finalist in the 2007 Australian Bush Ballad Awards;

Fiddlers Creek - No 9 on CMR Country charts written by Gold Coast writer Brenda Lee Heathcote and scoring a second Top 10 spot for Shaz. This one about love’s penance between the country and the city.
Shaza’s latest NfS release Beyond Vision - by NZ writer Ginny Peters and filmed for television in Tamworth is out now on NfS113.

And in January this year the album title track and Shaz original Strength Within took the major gospel award at the national TSA Songwriters’ Salute Awards.
Still in Queensland at the LBS Robina Studios before returning to the principle studio and home base in Tamworth Shaza can be contacted on 07-55621292 or mobile 0412605488.
Old Calare NfS 100 Track 2 Fiddlers Creek NfS 107 Track 13
Latest Single Out Now & Filmclip on CMC Beyond Vision NfS 113 Track 3

Latest Album Strength Within Distributed through LBS Distribution, One Stop Entertainment and online at Digital Music Centre www.digitalmusiccentre.com.au 
Judged by radio presenters and broadcasters in Australia and sourced from the WARP membership, the Queensland & New South Wales Gold Medallion Awards panel also includes recognised Country Music industry personalities who cast their vote by nominating an artist and a track in a poll position ranked order.
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Publicist Rhonda Sinclair 0438902413

LBS principle female artist Shaza Leigh was awarded TSA GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR at Country Music’s National Songwriting Awards Concert in Tamworth on Wednesday night.

Up against finalists Allan Caswell Al Craig and Drew McAlister with ‘The Candle’ Dean Perrett ‘The Bright Tomorrow’ Reg Poole & Merrilyn Rossington ‘Half Way Home’ and Julie McAllan ‘Bring Me Home’ Shaza-Leigh’s self-penned inspirational title track of her latest album ‘Strength Within’ took out the major award.

Ecstatic with surprise Shaza thanked the TSA and sponsors and LBS Producer Lindsay Butler for his work in production and engineering on what was a special project for her.

As she left the stage she was greeted with more excitement and congratulations in the wings. Even audience-goers seated close to the front of the auditorium commented after the show on hearing the backstage shouts of joy on the popular win.

Rob Hansen of Myers Badges new sponsor of the Gospel Song Of the Year category who presented the award to Shaz said ‘This is an honour to be involved with the TSA and especially the Gospel Song of the Year category’.

Myers Badges is a Brisbane based company with a history dating back to 1937.

Initially involved in the design and manufacture of badges medallions and identification equipment the company has grown to become one of Australia’s leading suppliers of products for the promotions industry.

From three factories in Brisbane and one in China Myers Badges utilizes the latest in CNC machining laser engraving and digital wide format printing and laminating to produce a vast range of souvenir promotional items.
Shaza Leigh in Top Ten - Fiddlers Creek #9CMR Country Tracks Charts
Fiddlers Creek this week at #9 hit the top ten in December on CMR Top 30 Country Track Charts.
It’s the second time Shaza Leigh has charted in the Top Ten.

Co-incidentally Fiddlers Creek happens to be written by the same writer who wrote her previous hit Woman At The Wheel released in August 1998.

‘My last top ten hit was also written by Brenda Lee Heathcote’ Shaz said.

‘It’s been one big year that started with the induction into the Hands of Fame in January; a win in the Female Vocal at the QLD Gold Medallion Awards and with the next festival just around the corner ends with Fiddlers Creek sitting at #9 and named a finalist for the title track of my latest album in the pending TSA Song of the Year Gospel category.’

‘It can’t get much better than that’ she added.

Somewhere in between Shaza managed a live television performance in Sydney on Channel Nine’s Footy Show for another original song - a tribute to football legend Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns.

In August Shaza won the QLD Gold Medallion Award with her original track Old Calare penned with longtime friend Greg Gordon. It’s success in 2005 and early 2006 meant certain inclusion on her latest album launched in July.
‘Lindsay Butler should be congratulated for presenting these songs with the emotion and the integrity that they deserve.’
‘I record songs firstly because I like them and secondly because Lindsay allows me to do them’ Shaz laughs.
‘He has the final say and I’m the first to admit he’s the master of this style of music.’

‘I’m very happy with the brilliant production that he achieved and the musicianship of some of Australia’s best session players Tamworth based Brett Dallas Dave Adams Lawrie Minson Mark Moulynox and NSW & Interstate players Neil Butler Lindsay Waddington Geoff Sidebottom Hugh Curtis Russell Dick and some of the best harmonies from Greg Williams Lynette Guest and Naomi Therese.
‘Each of them has captured the true essence of the songs.’
Shaza’s Strength Within TSA Gospel Finalist
Fiddlers Creek #16 CMR

Shaza Leigh’s new album Strength Within is already acknowledged as some of her best work yet.

Tracks from the inspirational album climbed the charts earlier this year. Old Calare at #18 and the latest single Fiddlers Creek written by Brenda Lee Heathcote is steadily rising this week at #16 on CMR Top 30 Country Tracks Charts.

Nick Erby interviewed Shaza Leigh at the end of September where Shaz spoke about the ongoing collection of songs collated on as good as any country album released in recent years.

TSA judges thought so too naming the title track Strength Within in the final five nominees for Gospel Song of the Year.

In her interview with Deborah Minter in September’s Capital News Shaz said ‘ I didn’t want to do just another Gospel album. I wanted it to be more inspirational more than just religious. We didn’t want flashy displays of musicianship…we wanted integrity and sensitivity. Every song that I selected for the album touches me so I hope they will touch someone else as well.’

Writing an inspirational song whether singularly or about various cross sections of humanity is a pun within itself……and adds more insight to this album from one of our best songwriters.

Shaza Leigh’s Strength Within Album of the Week on CMR Radio
Shaza Leigh’s new album Strength Within is CMR Album of the Week this weekend on the super network.

Nick Erby interviews Shaza Leigh as she talks about her latest edition in an ongoing collection of songs collated on as good as any country album released in recent years.

Shaza has selected work by Australian writer Brenda Lee Heathcote and New Zealander Ginny Peters to add to her own to record a contemporary collection of heartfelt inspirations that singularly reflect her own views on life.

There's no surprises about the latest compilation of inspirational songs and stories. Each has powerful content and melody and achieves every objective Shaza set out to. It’s what we’ve come to expect from this talented songwriter who fuses words that mingle into song. The few covers Teach Your Children and the Johnny Chester classic Lord I’d Forgotten seem to compliment the original songs.
‘Lindsay Butler should be congratulated for presenting these songs with the emotion and the integrity that they deserve’ Shaz said

I’m very happy with the brilliant production that Lindsay achieved and the musicianship of some of Australia’s best session players. Each of them has captured the true essence of the songs’

The second single Fiddlers Creek is receiving widespread airplay hot on the heels of last year’s hit single Old Calare. It meant solid radio interviews for Shaz in the last couple of weeks and the general opinion seems to be that this is by far her best album and her maturity as an artist and as a person is truly captured.
Nfs 107 adds ‘Strength Within concedes that very perception we have come to admire of Shaz.’
Australasian Country News latest edition has also selected it as favoured Album of the Week.
Radio announcer Jeff Dunn said in a recent interview ‘I don’t usually rave about albums but this one is special’.

Perhaps it’s a little divine intervention as several of the tracks have inspirational connotations. Whatever it is it’s an album worthy of being included in any record collection.
For more information:
Rhonda Sinclair Publicist: 0438902413
Shaza Leigh LBS Music: 02 67621104
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Shaza Leigh’s Latest Release Fiddlers Creek Out Now
Following the success of the 2005-2006 much acclaimed single Old Calare Shaza Leigh’s latest release is out now and available through LBS Music Distribution and the latest NfS 107.

Written by Brenda Lee Heathcote Fiddlers Creek is a contemporary Bush Ballad, a modern day Camooweal.

‘Brenda and I had some success with a song she wrote a few years earlier Woman At The Wheel. I’ve been sitting on this new song for some time because it didn’t seem to fit on my previous albums.’

‘I wanted to do an inspirational album and include a contemporary bush ballad because I believe we must never forget our heritage and all play our part in preserving story songs. Fiddlers Creek is one of those songs. It’s about enduring love and the distance between the city and the country’ Shaza reflected.

Fiddlers Creek is the first single from her eighth album Strength Within a collection of inspirational songs written by Shaz and some of her favourite songwriters. Last year’s single Old Calare is also included on the album. Much acclaimed it received finalist nominations in the 2005 Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards the 2005 TSA Awards and success in the 2006 Female Vocal QLD Gold Medallion Awards.

Deborah Minter profiles Shaza Leigh in this month’s edition of Capital News and writes about the 2006 magic carpet ride for the inspiring LBS principal female artist.

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Rhonda Sinclair 0438 902413 blurbcs@bigpond.net.au 
Shaza Leigh 0412 605488 lbs@lbsmusic.com.au 

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Shaza Leigh & Old Calare - Success at 2006 QLD Gold Medallion Awards
Shaza Leigh and her latest single Old Calare co-written with long-time friend Greg Gordon won Female Vocal at the 2006 Queensland Gold Medallion Awards in Toowoomba on Friday night.

Late last year Old Calare was tipped for bigger things. Radio presenters all over Australia loved the gentle melody and the connection to country Australia depicting the many hardships it sometimes presents.

Its success heads earlier nominations in Country Music Capital in January and the National Bush Ballads in Bungedore in February.

Old Calare was a finalist in Country Ballad of The Year at the TSA Awards; a finalist nomination in the Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards and just months after release late in 2005 scored an inclusion on a NSW MusicOz compilation.

‘It’s sad Greg isn’t here to enjoy the success Old Calare has brought’ Shaz said yesterday ‘I met up in February with Maureen Greg’s widow in Bungendore where they lived and we spoke about the song. We knew it had potential and it just sat with a lot of country people mainly farmers and their wives and families.’

‘I’m really looking forward to the release of my next album sometime next month. Old Calare fits perfectly and features as a bonus track. This is my eighth album and it’s close to the heart. There’s a number of favourites which I think audiences will like.’ Shaz said

‘I especially want to thank those presenters who continue to support all music types and who give regular airplay throughout the year.’

‘Winning an award in your home state is fairly special praise. I really felt this year that I wanted this new album to be inspirational and motivational. It’s been a great year and a big year especially for Lindsay and LBS’s 100th album recognition and this award on Friday night holds every ounce of that inspiration.’
Shaza Leigh is still making her way up the Top 30' Country Tracks Chart with Old Calare still performing this week at number 18. Next week Shaza starts recording the second single for her forthcoming album which will be ready for release mid-year.

"Old Calare"

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