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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
5 www.coastingtoday.com .au Nutrition is our mission www.foodonyourfork.com .au Fine tune your nutrition so your food loves you back Professional nutrition advice can benefit those with: Nutritionist • Type 2 diabetes • Heart disease (high cholesterol) • Excess weight or obesity • Stomach and gut problems • High blood pressure • Family food dilemmas Appointments 4333 6633 Open Monday - Friday Open 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month Shop 6, 155 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance NSW Located near the Motor Registry A8700854-4M ar Sharon & Sonia 3/162 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach Phone 02 4382 2254 c8680791-4F eb Fashion, Furniture, Homewares and Gifts SUMMER SALE 15% off Homewares 20% off all Furniture COASTING COVER STORY Thanks for dumping me By the 1990s, Urquhart was signed to EMI who issued an 11th-hour directive for her to record and add a new song to her completed Nothing to Hide album. So she toed the company line and recorded the song. No questions asked. “Today, I would never do that,” she said. “But looking back, I didn’t know myself well enough to dictate what I wanted.” When EMI later dumped her, Urquhart endured a confidence crisis. “I was going to toss it all in and become a park ranger,” Urquhart said. “I was thinking ‘I must be really bad at this’ and ‘EMI must really hate me’ .” But the setback ultimately steeled her resolve and cleared her thinking. She took greater control of her music, and every aspect of her professional life. She released the ‘comeback’ album Landing Lights independently last year, winning the Golden Guitar for Female Artist of the Year for the song Roller Coaster. “Today, it’s all about my own ideas,” Urquhart said. “It’s about my own styling, and not being styled by someone else. Now I know myself, and I’m comfortable in my own skin.” Urquhart holds no grudges with the suits at EMI. “In fact, I’m grateful for what happened. And I say that to people at EMI now – and we’re still really good friends. I say ‘Thank you for dumping me’ .” Urquhart now mentors young musicians in industry workshops. “ I tell students that it’s great to have hurdles in your career. It makes you a stronger person, and I speak from experience. It makes you work out who you want to be as a person.” PRO: Kenny Rogers. Picture by Peter Stoop. ACCEPTED: Felicity Urquhart receives the gong for Female Artist of the Year at the CMAA Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth in January. Picture by James Brickwood. Golden moment When Urquhart was named Female Artist of the Year at the Golden Guitar Awards in January, her emotion flowed, and it was reciprocated. “I needed to work hard for that award and the warmth that I received in the room on the night, and in messages after the night, has been overwhelming,” she said. “I felt that people were OK with it. If I’d received it earlier, I may not have paid my dues.” Urquhart’s love affair with country music remains rock solid, even if her goals have changed a little. “Now my goals are more about being respected in the industry, being respected as a writer, and having people feel something about my songs. “I no longer want to be Dolly Parton. That would take a lot of surgery!” A few people I’ve learned from Felicity Urquhart has toured, played and co-written with some of the biggest names in the industry. Here are her thoughts on a few of them... John Cougar: “We weren’t allowed to look at him before he walked out on stage. We were told to stay in our caravans. I thought ‘Are you kidding?’” Sheryl Crow: “She’s an amazing person. A doll. She said she loved my voice, and her band hung out with us. One night, I overheard one of her harmony singers singing one of my songs in the toilet.” Waylon Jennings: “He came out to watch me from side stage and after the show he introduced me to Willie Nelson. Slim Dusty came backstage, too, and I have this picture taken of me with Waylon, Willie and Slim.” Kenny Rogers: “A lovely man and an amazing performer whose shows are like a well-oiled machine.” Ross Wilson: “Ross taught me to never say goodbye to your audience before you leave the stage. It’s such a great little trick which leaves people wanting more.” AMAZING: Sheryl Crow.
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