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Kylie Adam​s-Col​lie​r

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BIOGRAPHY

Described as a painter of words, Kylie's deeply heartfelt songs of love, forgiveness and small-town memories are delivered in a unique yet warmly familiar sentiment.


Some have likened Kylie’s rich vibrato to Iris Dement and Judy Collins yet she sounds original in her authentic vocal delivery from the heart.

Her stories of being fearless like a magpie, the Bellinger valley, hot summer nights and old man dreaming are endearingly genuine.


Kylie has recorded six albums throughout her career including two Snow Leopards albums on Waterfront Records and four solo albums: 'Bellingen Says Goodnight' produced by Brendan Gallagher, 'Sweet Dreams 'til Morning' produced by Gary Brown, 'Little Stone' produced by Lindsay Waddington on Kross Kut Records and her most recent album 'Light as a Feather' produced by Michael Carpenter.


She's had eight Top 10 hits including two singles that made it to number 2 nationally including 'Montevideo Maru 1942' and 'Waiting For Heaven to Rain.'

Kylie's recording of Hank Williams 'I Can't Help it if I'm Still In Love With You' reached number 5 on the International Mainstream Charts.


Her music is regularly featured on Australian radio playlists aswell as international playlists including England, New Zealand, America, France, Poland, Germany,  Netherlands and many more.


'Light as a Feather' has taken a new musical direction from her previous albums.

Going back to her Bellingen roots in northern NSW, she has drawn on her childhood and mother's love of music for inspiration.


Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Michael Carpenter at Love HZ Studios, Sydney.


Michael Carpenter- acoustic & electric guitars, dobro guitar, mandolin, double bass, piano, organ

& drums.

Luke Moller- fiddle.

Zane Banks-banjo & mandolin.

Kylie Adams-Collier-vocals & backing vocals.

Album photography by Michael Carpenter.

Album artwork by Kylie Adams-Collier.


All songs written by Kylie Adams-Collier in 2020/2021 and registered with the Australian Performing Rights Association and ARIA.


True Love co-written with lyrics by Lola Patricia Brinton.

The Willow Weeps for me co-written with lyrics written by John Seers.

Released through this webstore, Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes.


Career highlights include singing live at the wireless on JJJfm with the Snow Leopards, recording a jingle for ABC radio 's 'This Sporting Life' with Roy & HG, performing at the Capitol Theatre during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the 75th Montevideo Maru Anniversary Service at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra and Rabaul -Papua New Guinea, meeting the president of Ireland Dr Michael Higgins, the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Michael Somare and first and foremost travelling Australia and making friends while performing at regional festivals.


Kylie Adams-Collier was born in Sydney in 1968 but grew up in Bellingen in northern NSW.

Her musical beginnings were influenced by her mother Gilly Adams's love of music.


Gill Adams was one of the first radio test broadcasters of 2BBBfm Bellingen and hosted Gills Jazz for over twenty five years.

Kylie's mother enjoyed lots of styles of music and often hosted musical parties with the alternate new arrivals of Bellingen.


Kylie and her little sister attended colourful parties in local valley halls with their mother, experiencing the fun of live music on a very organic level. Kylie began experimenting with creating melodies on her mother's piano at the age of five.

Leaving home in the late eighties to study art, Kylie discovered the raging bars of inner western Sydney and it wasn't long before she took to the stage with the promise of free beer at the Lansdowne Hotel.


It was then that she began to write songs and her sister Jenny Adams gave her an acoustic guitar with 2 cent pieces for tuning pegs. Jenny and Kylie worked as the Adams Sisters for a short time in the early nineties.


For the next thirty years Kylie dabbled in various musical styles working in many different line ups around Sydney and her hometown of Bellingen plus many solo tours on regional country music festivals.


She has worked with many producers over the years and continues to write and record music.


A member of the Australian Performing Rights Association, Australian Songwriters Association, Tamworth Songwriters Association and the Country Music Association of Australia, Kylie's original music has won many awards and receives alot of radio airplay around the world.



TV & radio:

Studies:

Australian Film,Television and Radio School: voice over workshop.

Darlinghurst Theatre: acting class.

Parramatta Actors Centre: acting class.

Community Media Training Organisation: Certificate 111 in Screen and Media.

Agency: Allsorts Casting.

Kylie Adams-Collier has recently worked with Allsorts Casting for extra work in an upcoming TV series.

She was also cast as an extra along with many other Bellingen locals for the major feature film, Danny Deckchair. 

Kylie travelled to Fox Studios, Sydney and played the part of a keyboard player in the infamous Macadamia Nut Ballroom scene with Miranda Otto and Rhys Ifans.

Aswell as being a singer /songwriter and recording artist, Kylie is a radio producer and voice over artist. 

Her began her radio career at 2BBBfm in Bellingen in 1983, hosting her own music programs and producing and presenting the local news. Since then, Kylie has worked briefly at Triple J, producing on-air material, reading the news and recording the “Ashley Mallet’s Weather” jingle for Roy and HG’s South Coast Ulladulla News for the iconic 'This Sporting Life' program.

She worked with ABC’s Simon Marnie when Sydney’s FBi was test broadcasting, interviewing artists and building the station’s music library. Kylie produced and presented a country show on Radio Northern Beaches and completed a voice-over course with the Australian Film and Television School before moving to the CBAA to present the nationwide Country Folk Around Australia program.

After two and a half years of hosting CFAA, Kylie presented the national Thursday edition of Good Morning Country on the Community Radio Network for four years.

Awards:

2022 -Australian Songwriters Association National Songwriting Contest top 30 Australian song for 'Fearless Like a Magpie.' ( Light as a Feather album).


2022- Australian Songwriters Association National Songwriting Contest top 30 Spiritual song for 'Light as a Feather.' ( Light as a Feather album).


2022- Australian Songwriters Association National Songwriting contest shortlist- Best Country,Folk/acoustic,Spiritual and Lyrics ( Light as a Feather album).


2022- Tamworth Songwriters Association Salute Awards - Finalist- Best Bluegrass Song for 'Light as a Feather' (Light as a Feather'album).


2022- Tamworth Songwriters Association Salute Awards - Semi finalist- Eric Watson Commemorative Award for Traditional Country Song of The Year for 'Fearless Like a Magpie ('Light as a Feather' album).


2022- Gold Medallion Media Awards finalist for Best Female artist for NSW.


2021- Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards finalist for Female vocalist of the Year for 'Camel up Earlston Said.'


2021-Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards finalists for John and Judy Martin Commemorative Award for Traditional Country Song of The Year: Camel up Earlston Said.


2020- Songs Alive Australia National Songwriting Competition Top 10 Finalist for heritage Song of The Year: "Montevideo Maru 1942."

(Little Stone album).


2020- Kross Kut Records Music Award winner for "Little Stone' album.


2019 -Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards winner: Best New Talent: "On a Sandstone Ridge." (Little Stone album).


2019- Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards finalist :Best Female Artist: "On a Sandstone Ridge." (Little Stone album).


2018- Australian Independent Country Music Awards Festival AICMAF- Heritage Song of The Year-"Montevideo Maru 1942." (Little Stone album).


and  winner: Songwriter- "Montevideo Maru 1942." (Little Stone album).


2019 -Stan Coster Australian memorial Bush Ballad Awards Winner: Best New Talent: " On a Sandstone Ridge."(Little Stone album).


2018 -Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards National Runner up: Best country Album: "Little Stone."


2018-Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards National Runner up: Best Songwriter: "Little Stone."


2018-Australian Songwriters Association National Songwriters Awards: Top 10 Australian Song of The Year:" Best Friend 'Round The Block."(Little Stone album).

2019-Traditional Country Music Awards of Australia album of the year winner: "Little Stone."


2018-Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards Finalist: Best Bluegrass Song: " Moonshine" ( Little Stone album).


2018-Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards Semi Finalists for Best Heritage Song: "Montevideo Maru 1942"( Little Stone album).


2016-Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards Semi Finalist for Best Gospel Song: "Sweet Dreams 'til Morning" (Sweet Dreams 'til Morning album).


2016-Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards Finalist for Best Gospel Song: "Waiting For Heaven to Rain."(Sweet Dreams 'til Morning album).


2016-John P Toomey Songwriting Award Finalist:"Goodbye Dear Tamworth."(Sweet Dreams 'til Morning album).


2015-Tamworth Capitol Country Music Association Songwriting Awards Finalist: "Pacific Highway."(Bellingen Says Goodnight album).


2001-Tamworth Capitol Country Music Association Songwriting Awards Finalist: "Wallpaper Horses."


Career Highlights:

Kylie performed her award winning song 'Montevideo Maru 1942' at the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru 80th Commemoration Service by invitation of the Australian War Memorial and The Papua New Guinbea Association of Australia. 

1st July 2022.

Kylie met Grand cheif Sir Michael Somare ,former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (who brought in the independence of PNG )  and Consul General of Papua New Guinea ,Sumasy Singin at the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia Christmas function. 2017.

Kylie Presented  flowers to the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian and the the NSW opposition Leader, Luke Foley at the Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine Committee invited descendants of the Irish Orphan Girls to meet the President of Ireland. 

 Kylie's great great great grandmother Mary Baker was an Irish Orphan Girl who immigrated to Australia to escape the Great Irish Famine. 

She was very brave to travel all the way over here on  the John Knox ship to start a new life. 


While in Bellingen Kylie was cast as an extra along with many other Bellingen locals for the major feature film, Danny Deckchair. Kylie travelled to Fox Studios, Sydney and played the part of a keyboard player in the infamous Macadamia Nut Ballroom scene with Miranda Otto and Rhys Ifans.

Band timeline:

1988- The Willows.

Paul Hayward : bass

Greg Morrow: guitar

Peter Kelly: drums

Bruce Begley: guitar

Kylie Adams: vocals

Tony: harmonica.

Kylie joined the Willows in 1988 and played at a few inner western Sydney pubs including the iconic Sandringham Hotel.

Covering country music classics, Kylie' first foray into singing on the stage was a good way to have a bit of fun with her mates and drink alot of beer.

1991-The Snow Leopards.

Two albums- Self Titled & Sweet Sweet Dreams on Waterfront Records.

Bruce Begley: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, backing vocals

Paul Nagle: acoustic guitar, slide guitar

Peter Kelly: drums

Andrew Ingram: bass

James Lockett: piano & organ

Greg Atkinson: vocals

Lisa Partington: vocals

Andrea Croft: vocals

Kylee ( Kylie) Adams: vocals.


After briefly working with Bruce Begley (The Honeys) in The Willows, Bruce invited Kylie to join his new band the 'Snow Leopards' with Andrea Croft (The Honeys), Greg Atkinson (Big Heavy Stuff), Lisa Partington  

(The Rosemaries),Peter Kelly (Disneyfist), Peter Kelly (Vanilla Chainsaws), James Lockett, Paul Nagel and Andrew Ingram.

The Snow Leopards recorded two albums on Waterfront Records which lead to a national tour, JJJfm playlisting and a live at the wireless concert plus videos on ABC’s Rage TV. The Snow Leopards got into the Top 10 Alternative ARIA charts and played regularly at venues.

The Snow Leopards were also included in the Roo Art Young Blood Compilation CD. This lead to touring with The Fauves, The Clouds, The Welcome Mat and many more popular independent bands of the 90's.

1994- Deep South.

Dom Phillips: guitar 

Tony Cooper: drums 

Mark Cunningham: bass 

Kylie Adams: vocals.

A fun blues and roots band that played around inner western Sydney. 

Deep South supported established acts including Canned Heat and Lonesome Boogie


1995 -The Appollonians.

Dom Phillips: guitar

Tony Cooper: drums

Mark Cunningham: bass

Kylie Adams: vocals.

The Appollonians was an original country/folk/blues/roots band.

They supported many bands including The Whitlams, Peggy Van Zalm, Richard Clapton, Mental as Anything and many more.

Kylie and Dom recorded demos but didn't release any music.

1998-The Adams Sisters

Kylie Adams: vocals

Jenny Adams: guitar & vocals

Recording: Not released.

Jenny & Kylie performed their original music at pubs around inner western Sydney.

1999- Kitty Adams & The Hi Ho Silvers.

Dom Phillips- guitar

John Thorne - drums

Karen Braidwood - guitar

Brad Ross- bass

Kitty Adams (Kylie)

Kitty Adams & the Hi Ho Silvers formed a band in Kylie's hometown in Bellingen and played at various small festivals and markets.

They recorded a self titled Demo EP.

Kylie's self penned song about her father 'Wallpaper Horse' made it into the finals in the Capitol Country Music Association National songwriting competition and was covered by local papers and the channel 7 TV. Kylie travelled to Tamworth and competed, accompanied by Bellingen artist Sandra Clarke on guitar.

2000- Four Good Reasons.

Kitty Adams (Kylie)-vocals & guitar

Leisa Robinson-vocals & guitar

Sandra Clarke-vocals & guitar

Greg Richardson-bass

'Kitty' continued to write songs, working with other Bellingen artists Sandra Clarke, Leisa Robinson and many more performing at many fundraising gigs, wine fairs and hotels in and around the Bellingen area.

The very popular Cool Creek Cafe, supported 'Kitty' in more ways than one. Annie and Shelley supported Kylie as a waitress where she met numerous touring acts. Sometimes she was a singing waitress on request! Annie booked 'Kitty' as a support act or a headline act and she would fill the venue. This helped 'Kitty' build a strong fan base in her hometown.

2000-Bellingen Singers, Songwriters and Musicians Society (BSSMS). 

The group held popular monthly concerts in town that was recorded by Radio 2bbb’s Max Thrower and broadcasted on the local radio. Neil Hamilton hosted the evening and it was a great networking base for local musicians and a great platform for playing original music. 'Kitty' also worked with local Bellingen Musician Nigel Harrington on a dance track

on his Nagual album. She also teamed up with Luke Rhodes and Nigel Harrington for a special event at the Cool Creek Café to raise money for local businesses affected by floods.

The BSSSMS encouraged local music collaboration.

2001-Zoobop.

Kitty Adams (Kylie): vocals

Chris Frater-saxophone

Peter Crane-guitar

Greg Richardson-bass,

Lawrence Pastro-drums

Michael Daunt-keyboards.

Zoobop performed at two Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festivals,

Food and Wine Fair, pubs and private functions, Kempsey Art Ball and the Coffs Harbour Food & Wine Fair.


2004- Kitty & The Alley Cats.

Kitty Adams ( Kylie): vocals & guitar

Roy Payne: guitar & lapsteel

Paul Hayward: bass

Dave Hibbert: drums

Mark Thomas: pedal steel

Special guests: Trucker Bob, Buddy Cartwright, Greg Morrow, Jeff Pope.

Recordings: live at the Town & Country Hotel 2004 and an EP. Not released.

Roy Payne from the Whiteliners approached Kylie and suggested starting a country /rockabilly band. 

They played country classics of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Linda Ronstadt and recorded an EP of Kylie’s original songs. Kitty and The  Alley cats played regularly at inner Western Sydney venues and recorded a live unreleased album at the iconic Town and Country Hotel. 

2003- Danny Deckchair.

While in Bellingen Kylie was cast as an extra along with many other Bellingen locals for the major feature film, Danny Deckchair. Kylie travelled to Fox Studios, Sydney and played the part of a keyboard player in the infamous Macadamia Nut Ballroom scene with Miranda Otto and Rhys Ifans.

Festival performances:

Christmas in Pyrmont Festival

Ultimo Pyrmont Festival

Bellingen Jazz Festival

Coffs Harbour Food & Wine Fair

Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash Festival: Bouldercomb.

Kickin' Country: Commercial Club: Albury.

People's Day- Australia's Day: Urunga NSW.

Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Kempton Festival.

Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival.

Bedgerabong Country Music Campout.

Yellowbelly Country Music Festival.

Port Stephens Toyota Bluewater Country Music Festival

Rainbow on The Plains Festival: Hay.

Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards Festival: Pittsworth.

Clarence Valley Country Muster

Bungendore Country Music Muster.

Stan Coster Australian memorial Bush Ballad Awards.

Heritage & Bullock Festival-Oatlands

Poley's Hoedown.

Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Longhorn Festival: Deepwater.

Tamworth Hats off to Country Music Festival.

Full list of gigs on gig page.


Pro​ducers: 1991- 2021- released and unreleased recordings.

Greg Atkinson, John Hresc and Tim Whitten - Studios 301 -Sydney. - The Snow Leopards.

Roy & HG- ABC Studios - Sydney- This Sporting Life Jingle.

Dom Phillips - Sydney & Bellingen.

In house producer- Zen Studios - Sydney.

In house producer- Nambucca Studios.

Max Thrower- 2BBBfm - Bellingen.

Steve Rackley - Sydney.

Tony Polson- Bart Island Studios - Bellingen.

Greg Morrow- Sydney.

Brendan Gallagher at Gig Piglet Studios,

Pavilion Studios and Studio East - Sydney.

John Cobbin- Moonlight Studios - Sydney.

Ryan Miller- Housefox Studios - Sydney.

Guy Delandro - Bellingen.

Andrew Goodman Jones - Radio Northern Beaches 

Gary Brown- Propaganda Studios- Sydney.

Lindsay Waddington- Kross Kut Records - Gold Coast -Queensland

Michael Carpenter- Love HZ Studios - Sydney.