Musical moments that made us grateful in 2020
Okay, so, 2020 wasn't the best year on record but we still managed to find some glittering light amoung that darkness.
Fliss sweeps the 2020 Golden Guitars
Felicity Urquhart’s 2019 album Frozen Rabbit was an achievement in both songwriting and performance. Which why it was no surprise when Fliss dominated the 2020 Golden Guitar awards, taking home Apple Music Single of the Year, APRA AMCOS Song of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Toyota Album of the Year and Traditional Country Album of the Year. It was a fitting tribute to Felicity’s late husband Glen Hannah who produced the album and was a revered figure within the Australian country music figure.
You want new signings? Oh, we got new signings
While 2020 might not be remembered as the most bountiful year for the Aus music industry, we were so excited to welcome a slew of talented artists into the ABC Music family.
X Factor and Eurovision alum Dami Im dazzled us with her bombastic single ‘Paper Dragons’. Family band Little Quirks brought some much-needed alt-folk (and the best matching red suits!) into our lives. Country prodigy Emmagen Rain stepped out of her The Voice tenure and into a trio of tantalizing singles (and one heck of a music video). Genuine angel and country music rising star Andrew Swift climbed the charts and into our hearts with his 2020 offerings. And just squeezing in before the new year, beloved Queensland via NT singer/songwriter Emily Wurramara joined the team and put out the song of the Summer!
Welcome to the crew, friends! We can’t wait to see what you do in 2021!
This is 100% a humble brag
Along with things like office birthday cake and hugging strangers, 2020 also took away our beloved awards ceremonies. So, we turned to the internet and managed to pull off some pretty impressive events sans audience. The 2020 Australian Independent Record (AIR) awards went ahead in Adelaide, with a minute live audience but a large viewership online watching ABC Music take out Independent Record Label of the Year!!
Although confined to our homes and scattered across several states, the ABC Music team came together (via zoom lol) to accept the awards. Truly a reflection of our amazing artists and everyone who listens to them, we were proud and humbled to win this auspicious award.
Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle – baby!
What’s better than one baby? Three babies!
We were ecstatic in early September to hear that red Wiggle Simon Pryce would be welcoming a new member of his family with partner Lauren Hanniford in early 2021. Then purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie upped the anti by announcing that his wife Dana Stephensen had given birth to twin girls Lulu and Lottie!
The fab four for kids celebrated this momentous occasion by releasing the sublime single ‘The Twin Song’. Whatever is instore for The Wiggles in 2021, we’re gonna bet it’s going to involve a lot of nappies.
Teeny Tiny Stevies’ 2020 was a rollercoaster
When sisters Beth and Byll, aka Teeny Tiny Stevies, released the first single from their 2020 album ‘Thoughtful Songs For Little People’ in April they had only the faintest idea of what was about to happen.
A full calendar of gigs and music video shoots were replaced by at-home livestreams as the Melbourne-based duo were locked down for over three months under public health directives.
Then, just a few weeks after being allowed back out into the world, Teeny Tiny Stevies took out possibly the biggest award in kids music – the ARIA for Best Children’s Release. A satisfying bookend to not the best year on record.
Get to know our 2021 ARIA Award nominees!
It’s almost time for Aussie music’s night of nights – the 2021 ARIA awards!
Meet Our New Signings - Baby Velvet, Jamie McDell and Melanie Dyer!
In an unprecedented turn of events, ABC Music has had three amazing new artists join our family over the past month.