The Reunion -Young Stars of Country- 20 Years On
Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan & Felicity Urquhart
Individually, these are four of the most recognisable names in the Australian entertainment world. Golden Guitars, Gold records, chart topping albums and countless number one singles between them…and this merely scratches the surface of their combined achievements!
Why are we seeing them join forces? It just so happens that 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of these four talented and highly decorated artists forming a tour called The Young Stars Of Country. The tour’s name was the brainchild of the booking agent they shared at the time and the truth is, the title was despised by the group! These young and feisty newcomers fought to have their own names splashed across the light boxes and chalkboards of the venues they played for fear of not being remembered – they needn’t have worried! Favoured tour name or not, Darren, Beccy, Felicity and Adam were not to know that this was the beginning of a musical bond and personal friendship that was to last for two decades.
While others have come and gone, tried and failed, these four have continued to rack up the accolades and remain at the forefront of the music industry today. The awesome foursome attribute much of their individual success and longevity to bonds and friendships made with fellow performers along the way. Adam and Beccy have paired up on many occasions, most recently releasing the highly successful album ‘Great Country Songbook Volume 2’ in 2017. Their collaborative touring has taken them on 10 national tours together, there’s no doubting their onstage chemistry and mutual mischief. Darren and Felicity have not only shared stages together, but also the small screen in their capacity as presenters on Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender. Their most recent collaboration ‘Inasmuch’ was the final track Darren’s stunning 2017 release ‘The Wide Horizon.’
If we rewind back to 2001, Felicity, Darren, Beccy and Adam shared in a Golden Guitar win for ‘Vocal Collaboration’ with their live version of Dolly Parton’s ‘Do I Ever Cross Your Mind’ recorded at the Gympie Muster during Beccy’s mainstage performance, a version we’re sure to hear once again when this reunion hits the road.
Darren Coggan has spent much of 2019 touring to sell-out houses in his highly acclaimed ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ show, a mirror of the success he created with ‘Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story’.
Felicity Urquhart left Tamworth in January with a brand new Golden Guitar (her 8th) shared with her highly successful group Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart and in April of this year, Felicity released her 7th studio album ‘Frozen Rabbit’ before hitting the road with Brad Butcher.
Beccy Cole started the year with winning her 11th Golden Guitar for Female Artist of the Year, she has packed venues
on her ‘Lioness’ tour since its late 2018 release.
Adam Harvey’s 2018 release ‘The Nashville Tapes’ was received to rave reviews and has seen him playing to sell-out crowds across Australia. His extremely sad song about losing his penis ‘When Willi’s Gone,’ is an absolute (tear) jerker.
Adding to their busy schedules and no doubt their most loved productions, Adam, Felicity, Darren and Beccy have 7 children between them, most displaying musical talents of their own – perhaps the new Young Stars Of Country!
So how on earth have these 4 found the time to tour together in 2019? ‘Only just’ is the answer. In fact, the foursome have managed to find just 16 dates in November and December this year but all agree this reunion is too important not to happen.
You can expect some very special moments on this show, many laughs and even a few tears but there is no doubting that there will be some breathtaking musical moments. When four artists come together after 20 years of love and respect for each other, the crowd is in for a once in a lifetime treat.
Don’t miss Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan & Felicity Urquhart… together again in an unforgettable reunion concert.
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