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Queensland multi award winning country artist Keri McInerney is back with a fun toe-tapping radio single.
The enterprising singer and songwriter has teamed up with industry mates Golden Guitar Finalists Steve Eales former lead singer of Sovereign and Michael O’Rourke to record a collaborative version of the hit single ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ written by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan.
 

Two Gold Guitar Nominations for Michael O’Rourke

Michael O’Rourke faces strong opposition in the 35th CMAA Country Music Awards Of Australia Male Artist of the Year nominations with ABC Music artists Graeme Connors (Louisa) Travis Collins (Full Tank) and Lee Kernaghan (The New Bush) and Compass Bros Records Adam Brand (Open Ended Heartache).

With 2 Gold Guitar nominations 2 Southern Star Independent nominations 2 Top Ten Listener nominations and a QLD Gold Medallion nomination Michael’s song ‘The Hat’ co-written with Glenda Hunt is a worthy contender in any category.

Thrilled with the CMAA announcement in Sydney Michael said ‘being the only Independent Male to make final 5 in Male Artist of the Year is no mean feat considering the huge amount of talent on the Independent Artist Roster at the moment.’

In fact Michael’s been in good company most of the year.

In August he appeared at the Toyota National Country Music Muster at Amamoor near Gympie performing ‘The Hat’ to live audiences whilst in Toowoomba he was named in the QLD Gold Medallion Awards in final nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year with Troy Cassar Daly (Lonesome But Free) Lee Kernaghan (The New Bush) Arthur Blanch (I’d Better Write It Down) and Noel Parlane (If Heartaches Meant Gold).

In September at Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards in Mildura he made the final five lists in both Australian Independent Male Vocalist of the Year with Paul Costa (It’s Good To Be Me) Travis Sinclair (A Heavenly Body) James Blundell (Greylands) and the Traditional Section of the Australian Independent Heritage Track of the Year against Dean Perrett (Would Clancy Be Welcome) Tracy Coster (I Don’t Want To Talk About Rain) and Tania Kernaghan (Higher Ground).

In November the ACMLA (Listeners’ Awards) voted ‘The Hat’ in the top ten in two categories Best Bush Ballad and Best Heritage Song and a top five in the Best Bush Ballad with Graham Rodger (The Battle Of Long Tan & What Country’s All About) ) Anita Ree (Saltwater Creek Sliprails) Dean Perrett (Would Clancy Be Welcome?)

‘The Hat’ is described as -

‘a melancholy mix of sweet music and reminiscent lyrics’;

‘a reflective ballad that truly demonstrates Michael's vocal charm as he plays with the strong lyrics of this award winning song’;

‘simply a beautiful laconic melody with superb vocal and equally beautiful guitar work’;

‘a sentimental ballad with a tale of irony’.

In 2004 the singer/songwriter Michael and co-writer Glenda were awarded the TSA SEQ Tamworth Song Writers South East Queensland Professional Australian Country Song of the Year.

The Hat is on Michael's critically acclaimed new album Till Forever Is Gone recorded in London Berlin and Australia and produced by James Roche. ‘The Hat’ is co-produced by Michael Fix. On Friday it was named in Belgium Radio Hans Hanegraaf recommended albums list.

Released on NfS 106 Track 9

Photograph and Album Cover Graphics supplied by OBI OBI Studios

Available through One Stop Entertainment

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Released for Radio Airplay - Michael O'Rourke ‘The Hat'
co-produced by James Roche and Michael Fix
Released this week on NfS 106 for radio airplay 'The Hat' is a melancholy mix of sweet music and reminiscent lyrics co-produced by James Roche and Michael Fix.

A reflective ballad The Hat truly demonstrates Michael's vocal charm as he plays with the strong lyrics of this award winning song.
It's just simply a beautiful laconic melody with superb vocal and equally beautiful guitar work.

If you like a sentimental ballad with a tale of irony then you will love the talents of Michael Fix and the absolute lyric penned by Michael O’Rourke and Glenda Hunt.

Michael met co-writer Glenda one night after a show in Tamworth several years ago when she was ill with cancer. Glenda had written words to a poem and sought Michael’s input. Together they worked on the end lyric. Sadly Glenda passed away without knowing its potential. It was however played as a fitting tribute at her service surrounding the congregation as she was taken from the church.

The Hat is on Michael's critically acclaimed new album Till Forever Is Gone available through One Stop Entertainment. You can hear the song live at the Gympie Muster in late August.

For radio and magazine interviews contact Michael on 07 3207 3750 or 0401 331 107 or check out his website for the latest news www.michaelorourke.com.au

2004 TSA SEQ Professional Australian Country Song of the Year
co-written by Glenda Hunt & Michael O'Rourke

NfS 106 The Hat

‘Twelve years old he’ll never forget the sound
The day they pulled the old shed down
………………………………………………….
Amongst the has-beens and bric-a-brac
There inside was a drover's hat
Showing signs of harder days
It was a faded tan with a turned up brim
…………………………………………………
They say as a young man grows old
His hat’s a mirror to his soul

Print out and have the memories