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Jake Nickolai
Jake Nickolai Gigs
6 - Club Marconi, Bossley Park, NSW (Aussies Walk The Line)
7 – Rupertswood Horse Club, Townsville QLD (Telstra Road To Tamworth)
14 – Oonadatta Racecourse, SA
28 - Hexham Bowling Club, NSW (Aussies Walk The Line)
4 - Dapto Leagues Club, NSW (Aussies Walk The Line)
Photo Courtesy of Greg Young
Recorded Footage from Aussie Artists at
the CMA Global Artist Showcase.
During our recent trip to Nashville for the CMA Festival, we recorded some footage from the CMA Global Artist Showcase.
The night featured Australian artists Jake Nickolai (who appeared courtesy of a Commercial Radio Australia sponsorship) and 2006 Telstra Road To Tamworth winner Nick Kingswell, along with other artists from all over the world.
TimHollandCountry.com has put a four and a half minute video together featuring interviews with the two artists and some performance footage.
You can now see it online on the website. The direct link is;
Take a look!
For more information contact;
Tim Holland
Jake Nickolai, Jedd Hughes, Col Finley, Jessica Belle, Sherrie Austin, Sally Bunnell (a US country music journalist)
Caitlin Evanson, Catherine Britt and Tim Holland The Music Network
Some of the Australians in living and recording in Nashville
(Photo Courtesy of Kerry Roberts)
Fan Fair 2006  Jake Nickolai  (photo courtesy Mark Edson)
Fan Fair 2006  Jake Nickolai and Catherine Britt (photo courtesy Mark Edson)
Fan Fair 2006  Jake Nickolai and Catherine Britt (photo courtesy Mark Edson)
Aussies Walk the Line" A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Star City Showroom Starring Richard Clapton, Beccy Cole,
Brian Cadd, Adam Harvey, Rick Price, Catherine Britt, Mike Carr,
Steve Forde, Jake Nickolai, Travis Collins 8.00pm
Bookings: Ticketmaster on 1300 796 330
Tuesday 18 July 2006 @ 8.00pm
Wednesday 19 July @ 1.00pm & 8.00pm
Thursday 20 July @ 8.00pm
Friday 21 July @ 8.00pm
Saturday 22 July 2006 @ 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Sunday 23 July 2006 @ 3.00pm
Australian Artists at Nashville Fan Fair 2006
April 7: Most of the program schedule details have been released for the 2006 CMA Music Festival (a.k.a. Fan Fair) to be held in Nashville the week of June 5, and Australian artists are included.
The week’s events start Monday evening with the CMA Global Artist Showcase - a free concert event featuring performances from a variety of international country music artists at The Stage On Broadway in downtown Nashville with Brad Johner (Canada), Nick Kingswell (Australia), Jake Nickolai (Australia) Jacqueline Van Der Griend (The Netherlands) and Tantowi Yahya (Indonesia).

The Riverfront Park Stages will be the site of the Wide World of Country Show on Sunday at Noon with Catherine Britt (Australia), Lane Brody (Greece), 2006 Telstra Road to Tamworth winner Nick Kingswell (Australia), 2006 CMA Global Artist Award winner Jason McCoy (Canada), Michelle Wright (Canada) plus more artists to be announced soon..

To see the full line-up of the week’s activities along with photos from previous Fan Fairs, visit http://www.countrymusictravel.com/www/id16.html

Young guitar slinger, Jake Nickolai, will be heading to Nashville as recipient of a CRA (Commercial Radio Australia) sponsored trip in June 2006, where the Country Music Association of America has invited him to perform on their prestigious CMA Global Artists Showcase. It is part of the annual CMA Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair) and Jake is one of only six artists to be invited.

“I’m honoured to be invited to perform on the Global Artists Showcase and appreciate this recognition. This opportunity is something I’ve been dreaming of for years!” an ecstatic Nickolai said.

Before his feet were allowed to hit the ground, Jake discovered that guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel has invited him to guest on part of his Australian tour, with dates in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Maryborough this month.

It’s been a momentous year for Jake who raised the roof with his own shows during the Tamworth Country Music Festival before traversing the continent opening for the CMAA Entertainer of the Year Beccy Cole as well as playing in her band.

Jake ‘s showcase album “Think About You” was released in March and the first single “Think About You” reached the coveted #1 spot on the CMC chart. His new single “Three Days Drivin” is at radio now and receiving airplay across the country. Jake was also a finalist at the New Artists 2 Radio showcase, held at Darling Harbour recently. It was here that Nova’s Bianca Dye announced that he had received the sponsorship.

Jake’s charismatic stage presence and blistering musicianship appeals to audiences of all ages so don’t miss ‘the kid with the guitar’ performing with Tommy Emmanuel on the following dates:

Wed 9th Nov Cairns Civic Centre
Thurs 10th Nov Townsville Civic Centre
Fri 11th Nov Mackay Entertainment Centre
Sat 12th Nov Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton
Sun 13th Nov Brolga Theatre Maryborough

Jake’s other accolades include a 2004 Golden Guitar nomination, 2003 Finalist Toyota Star Maker Quest, 2002 Finalist Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, 2001 SA Champion of Champions and 2000 Victorian Champion of Champions.

For interviews contact:
Sue Camilleri, (08) 89 412 512/0408 412 512 or soozcam@bigpond.net.au

For further information:
Gill Robert, Vital Entertainment (02) 9712 2046 or vitalentertainment@gmail.com


Jake Nickolai to perform in Nashville with Commercial Radio (CRA) Sponsorship (18-Oct-05)
Young guitar slinger, Jake Nickolai, had no time to digest the news that he was off to Nashville when Nova’s Bianca Dye introduced his performance as one of the finalists in the “New Artists 2 Radio” Showcase at Sydney’s Convention Centre at Darling Harbour on Friday night before launching into a sizzling set.

Bianca introduced Jake and announced that he was the recipient of a CRA sponsored trip to Nashville in June next year where the Country Music Association of America have invited Jake to appear on their prestigious CMA Global Artist Showcase (one of only six international performers) during the annual CMA Music Festival.

This has been a momentous year for Jake who kicked of 2005 with a string of gigs in Tamworth at the Telstra Country Music Festival and then packed his bag to spend the year opening for Australia’s CMAA Entertainer of The Year, Beccy Cole, as well as playing in her band. During this time Jake has built up a legion of fans, both young and old, who are attracted by his music and his endearing charm.

Jake’s guitar skills have seen even the most experienced musicians do a double take on the “kid with the guitar” and whilst comparisons to Keith Urban are natural, Jake would be only too happy to follow in his footsteps and this sponsorship is the first step in that direction.

“This opportunity is something I’ve been dreaming of for years! I’m so excited with the chance to go to Nashville thanks to the CRA and becoming involved in the music scene there, especially during the CMA Music Festival when so many brilliant musicians are performing around town at the various venues. I’m honoured to be invited to perform on the CMA Global Artist Showcase and appreciate this recognition,” said a very excited Jake after the CRA event.

Jake plans to extend his time in Nashville to work on his writing skills and catch up with ‘mates’ Catherine Britt and Jedd Hughes.

November sees Jake back on the road opening for guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel during his Australian tour, another milestone in is short career.

During 2005 Jake released a mini album Think About You from which has emerged two very successful singles, both reaching #1 on the Country Music Channel where his clips are highly requested.

His next single will comprise on of the two tracks he performed at the New Artists 2 Radio showcase, the Mark O’Shea composed Suddenly I. The track will be released in January to coincide with next year’s Tamworth country music festival.
Jake and Aleyce are two of the artists mentioned
The commercial radio industry this week announced eight new and emerging Australian artists who it believes have the potential to be the next big things on the Australian music scene
Jake Nickolai: Aged 21, Jake is an accomplished guitarist and singer, and is currently touring Australia as the opening act with leading country music entertainer, Beccy Cole.
Aleyce Simmonds: At 18, Aleyce burst onto the Australian music scene by winning the 2005 Telstra Road to Tamworth/CMA Global Artist Talent Search.
Jake at Nelson Bay RSL June 2005
Rod McCormack and Jake
 Hotshot guitarist and ABC Music act Jake Nickolai - the Whyalla born artist who now calls Melbourne home.
Nickolai won wide exposure on Nu Country TV for the video of Faster featuring a brace of Melbourne icons such as Flinders Street station.
Jake, 20, and a graduate of the CMAA College of Country Music in Tamworth, made the Top 10 of the best new talent section of 2004 Australian Country Music Awards.
He also performs the Daniels Johns song Miss You Love on Garth Porter produced ABC concept disc Crossing The Tracks.

The Board of FanFest and the Country Music Channel are pleased to announce a brand new initiative –


Kicking off at the Henty Field Day, the first FanFest Toyota Outback Concert will be staged on September 22nd and provide lunch time entertainment for the big crowds expected at this regional Field Day.

Starring Golden Guitar winner, Felicity Urquhart, 2004 Toyota Star Maker winner, Travis Collins, and ABC recording artist,
Jake Nickolai,
this will be the first in a series of regional concerts presented for Toyota by FanFest and CMC.

FanFest is one of the main attractions during the Tamworth Country Music Festival and this is the first time FanFest has gone “on the road”.

“We are particularly excited to join forces with CMC and our long time sponsor, Toyota, to provide entertainment for the crowds attending these regional Field Days” said Meryl Gross, Chair of FanFest. “The Field Day experience will be filmed by CMC along with the performances of each of the artists involved and reinforces CMC’s commitment to take Australian country music to a city and country audience”.

The Henty Field Day program runs from September 21 – 23rd, 2004.

For further information please contact Ronda Toner

Ph: 02 9798 8824
Tamworth Festival 2004
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