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Travis Collins

With the release of his second album No Boundaries in August 2007, Travis Collins is rapidly becoming one of Australia’s most exciting new talents. The handsome young contemporary country/rock performer is being enthusiastically embraced by a new generation of young country fans as well as lovers of great country music in general.

Collins’ first kick-start came back in 2004 when he won the Toyota Star Maker Quest. That competition is widely known for helping launch the professional careers of international sensation Keith Urban as well as the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys and James Blundell. Before that, he was a graduate of the prestigious NSW Public Schools Talent Development Program – a program which has also helped launch some pretty significant careers, such as those of Human Nature, Paulini and Hi 5’s Nathan Foley

After winning Starmaker, Travis released his first album, Start the Car. The album featured two tracks (‘Start The Car’ and ‘I Was Wrong’) which went to #1 on the Country Music Channel’s Top 30 Countdown - largely due to the huge number of requests from viewers. Collins was a Best Male Vocalist nominee at the 2007 Country Music Awards Of Australia (the Golden Guitars) in Tamworth. Thanks to the support of Commercial Radio Australia, Travis headed to the US in June to perform in Nashville at the CMA Festival’s Global Artist Showcase. The festival is the most prestigious in country music anywhere in the world and 191,000 people attended. Travis has also released songs in France, Denmark, Germany and the UK and currently visits Europe annually to perform for fans at a variety of shows and festivals.

Collins released his second album No Boundaries in August 2007 and a new 14 track Bonus Edition of that album is now available through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia. The album includes the #1 CMC Chart singles ‘Yeah She Does’ and ‘Rip It Up’. While ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Don’t Win Enough’ and ‘Didn’t We Love’ are all new Collins originals that have had the seal of approval from existing fans and a stack of new ones as well. Other highlights on this album include ‘Empty House’ which was co-written with James Blundell, a heartfelt cover of Garth Brook’s original, ‘A Friend To Me’ and ‘Heart Of Blues’ which features The Flood’s Kevin Bennett. While the new bonus edition includes ‘Just Enough Rope’ with Felicity Urquhart.

Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.