DIARY - 13 MARCH 2005 - KYLIE SACKLEY
KYLIE SOARS OVERSEAS
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
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
BRUSH WITH DEATH
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
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
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.
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.
performance was also a big winner - she soared into the Top 5 for the
best new talent at the 2002 Australian Country Music Awards.
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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