Kylie Sackley

Expatriate Port Douglas singer-songwriter Kylie Sackley is the latest member of the Aussie posse to reap hay from fleeing the unlucky radio country.

The former Tamworth Star Maker winner co-wrote former Texan child star Leann Rimes latest #5 hit Nothing 'Bout Love Makes Sense.

Sackley penned the song with former Pure Prairie League singer Gary Burr and Joel Feeney.

The hit is from Rimes 12th album This Time that sold 100,000 copies in its first week.

Rimes huge success will earn Sackley a high overseas profile and lucrative publishing royalties.

Leann, who toured here last year with Keith Urban, supplements recording riches with hosting Nashville Star and has written two illustrated books about a jaguar named Jag; an animated TV series is happening.

Sackley's success is the latest proof of our talent drain to a nation with a voracious appetite for artists and writers ignored by radio here.

Kylie moved to Nashville shortly after relocating from her North Queensland home to Sydney suburb Mossman.

She currently works as a staff songwriter for Faith Hill's producer Scott Hendricks' Big Tractor Music Publishing.

Her tutelage has earned her major-label artist cuts after writing sessions with Ohio born Kim Richey whom she met on her Australian tour in 2002.

Sackley has also written with Michael Dulaney (author of Faith Hill's The Way You Love Me) and Burr (writer of many hits for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Clay Aiken and more).

Another of her writing partners is prolific chart topping tunesmith Jeffrey Steele who moved to Nashville after being part of Californian country chart band Boy Howdy.

She recently performed at the two-day Anguilla Music Festival in the Caribbean.

It showcased local country music talent and incorporated an "island theme" with beachside performances by the artists.

Performing rights organization BMI was one of the co-sponsors of the event featuring Chuck Cannon, Bob DiPiero, Scotty Emerick, James Slater and Steele.


And with uncanny timing and a good publicist Sackley made the most of her return flight.

Kylie was on an American Airlines plane flying out of St. Martin in the Caribbean, to Miami when she had the obligatory brush with death.

Flight 2160, a 757 jetliner, experienced an electrical failure that completely shut down engines forcing a rapid decent into San Juan, Puerto Rico for an emergency landing.

Also on board were Billy Ray Cyrus, Shannon Brown, video director Shawn Silva, songwriters Chuck Cannon, Jeffery Steele, Scotty Emerick, James Slater and Bob DiPiero - second former singing spouse of Pam Tillis.

They were attending the festival that benefits the children of the island.

It was almost deja vu for the Nelson twins, sons of Ricky Nelson, who died in a plane crash 20 years earlier.

Nelson's plane burst into flames as it crash-landed en route to a Dallas gig on New Year's Eve, 1985 and ended a career started at Hollywood High in 1958.

Nelson, just 45, fiancée Helen Blair and five members of his Stone Canyon Band went to God without warning.

Chuck Cannon said "All I kept thinking was, man, nobody's gonna get a chance to hear all the songs we just wrote."

Matthew Nelson: "I had an eerie feeling when I got on this flight," Matthew Nelson added.

"I saw half of Nashville's music community on board and I just got an eerie vibe."

The plane landed - all were safe - but extremely shaken up.

Passengers learned that the same problem that happened on this flight occurred on a MD80 flight in Newfoundland - resulting in a crash.


Sackley won the Tamworth Star Maker contest in 2001 when she was just 18.

She didn't have to look far for inspiration for her original tune You Can Cry Now.

The singer wrote the emotive song about her mother Trish's brave battle with breast cancer.

It's no surprise that the powerful ballad helped the minstrel win the prestige award and an ABC Music record deal.

The song, recorded at Herm Kovac's Ramrod Studios in Sydney, featured the cream of the Sydney country scene.

It gave Kylie confidence to record former NRBQ guitarist Al Anderson's tune Love's Like A Train and a Fiona Kernaghan original Never Give Up On Love as sequels.

And her self penned tune How Do I Know was also chosen for the ABC Open Road Volume 3 compilation CD.

Kylie's studio performance was also a big winner - she soared into the Top 5 for the best new talent at the 2002 Australian Country Music Awards.

That was no shock for fans and critics - Kylie developed her personal and professional skills during a two-week stint at the CMAA College Of Country Music.

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