Kirsty Lee Akers
Golden Guitar winner Kirsty Lee Akers’ journey as both a recording artist and a person is unique within Australia and around the world.
Proud of her indigenous heritage as a woman of the Wonnarua people (Hunter Valley – Australia), she has embraced a global musical culture and now spends her time between Australia and the USA. Whilst she lives in Nashville for a large portion of the year, Australia will always be her spiritual home.
While Australia will always be her spiritual home, she spends a lot of her time in overseas, having toured both the United States and Canada throughout 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The year 2018 saw her return to Canada to play the two major Canadian Country Music festivals (Calgary Stampede and Big Valley Jamboree) while also expanding her horizons as she showcased her music in the United Kingdom for the first time at the Buckle and Boots Festival. Her new album ‘Under My Skin’, released in July 2018, saw Akers achieve her highest ever ARIA chart positions (ARIA #8 Australian and #29 All-genre chart positions) with the title track ‘Under My Skin’ exclusively premiering on the Country Music Channel (CMC) social media achieving more than 50k views in 4 days.
Her previous album ‘Burn Baby Burn’ released in 2016 saw her achieve ARIA Australian Country Music Album chart position #1, as well as producing six consecutive #1 music videos on CMC. Internationally, her single ‘I Will’ attracted 150,000 unique video views within 3 days of release and was her first video to be added to both CMT (Country Music Television) and GAC (Great American Country) in the United States.
The last few years have seen Akers achieve many accolades including a Golden Guitar Award Finalist spot in 2017, an APRA Award finalist spot, Vanda and Young Song writing Competition finalist spot and seven CMC Award nominations (2016/2017/2018), she has also been recognised with multiple honourable mentions in the International Song writing Competition (USA).