KIRSTY LEE AKERS performs the song "TAKE ME BACK" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY CASS WALKER
Singer-songwriter Kirsty Akers has been making an impact in her native Australia for the past eight years.
Hailed as a remarkable talent by fellow artists, musicians, media and stalwarts of the music industry, Kirsty is fearless and brutally honest with a penchant for taking her songs to places others fear to tread.
Kirsty's third album, 'Naked' was produced by Paul Greene (Hirst & Greene, Spy Vs Spy) and Matt Fell (Josh Pyke, Brooke Fraser, Tim Freedman, CMAA Producer of The Year) and recorded over a six month period in Sydney and on the south coast of New South Wales. While the album's cover features a striking image of Kirsty nude against a mystical forest- like setting (designed by Steve Parke whose credits include Prince, Victor Wooten & the TV show 'Heroes') its more than just a cheap gimmick.
"Going out independent for the first time I kind of feel a little "Naked" in front of the world. The songs, production, decisions are all mine so if it goes wrong I don't have anyone else to blame it on. I think the title "Naked" describes exactly how I feel revealing the real 'me' as an artist to the world! I've put my heart and soul into this album, I even sold my house to pay for it so hopefully everything pays off and I can look back and say "it was worth it".
Influenced equally by contemporary acts such as Mumford & Sons and Brandi Carlile as she is by the traditional country sounds of Dolly Parton, Buddy & Julie Miller and Hank Williams that were played around the family home during her formative years, Kirsty is a sublime mix of old meets new, youth meets tradition.
Check out Kirsty's cafe in Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Region of Australia
Presented by Cass Walker
Produced by: Justine Moyle
Camera: Jose Andrade
Recorded and Mixed by Carl Nagy & Doug Walker
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