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Coasting : Issue 12 June 2010
5 www.coastingtoday.com.au Three songs I wish I'd written (1) Nothing 'bout Love Makes Sense. "This was sung by LeAnn Rimes but written by an Aussie, Kylie Sackley. I've always wished that I had written this as I think it's just a simple but great song with an infectious melody," Simmonds said. (2) Pancho and Lefty. "Written by Townes Van Zandt and covered by Emmylou Harris. I fell in love with Emmylou's version. It's such a great story song." (3) Forever and for Always. "By Shania Twain. This song is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. I believe in love like that. Wish I wrote it!" Pieces of Me Simmonds plans to release her debut album, Pieces of Me, next month. She's currently adding the finishing touches with more than a little help from a strong Central Coast contingent. Part of the album has been recorded at the studio of Jeff and Rod McCormack, at Erina Valley, and some with Glen Hannah, the husband of country music star Felicity Urquhart. ''I've been very lucky to be able to work with some amazing producers and songwriters,'' Simmonds said. Rod McCormack, in particular, has been something of a mentor for Simmonds from the beginning. ''I left school and started working with Rod straight away,'' Simmonds said. ''He's one of the most incredible producers, in my opinion, in Australia for country music.'' Simmonds described the album as heartfelt and upbeat. ''The album title reflects that every song is like a little diary entry from a part of my life,'' she said. Honesty is a key component. ''That's really important to me. When an album is raw and honest and you get a bit of an insight into the artist, I think that makes [the album] special.'' Postcard from Nashville Simmonds's trip to the world capital of country music, Nashville, in 2006, proved to have a profound effect on her development as an artist. It also provided her with a wealth of stories. ''Nashville was the most incredible place,'' she said. ''Everything that you hear about it is true. ''You walk down the street at 9am and there's music being played in every bar. They're usually musicians playing for tips, but they're the most incredible musicians and singers.'' Simmonds embraced the chance to perform in Nashville, and the locals welcomed her. ''The audiences were fantastic,'' she said. ''They love Aussies over there. We got standing ovations every night. ''Everyone was asking me: 'So, do you know Keith Urban?'' and I'd say 'No, I don't know him. But I have spoken to him once', and then they'd love me, too. So it was great," she said, laughing. DEBUT: The album Pieces of Me is due for a July-August release. To hear Aleyce Simmonds, including the singles The Keeper and Mighty, Mighty Love, go to www. aleycesimmonds.com and www. myspace.com/aleycesimmonds COASTING MUSIC Upholstery The Centre "We've got you covered" Market leaders since 1981 in all upholstery and repairs - Domestic and Commercial. Bay 2, 5 Tumbi Creek Road, Berkeley Vale p. 4388 2203 Visit our showroom Monday to Friday or by appointment Saturday and Sunday. Custom Made Furniture Free Quotes 7 Days Pick Up & Delivery Mention this ad for FREE Supershield Fabric Protection & a Bottle of Spot Cleaner c8751054-3Jun Having problems connecting your audio and video equipment? Connection Solutions for your AUDIO & VIDEO EQUIPMENT HOOK ME UP o you need your Audio visual entertainment system designed, nstalled, repaired or just plugged together? We are experts in all the latest technology with over 10 years experience. Call us with any questions on what is available for your needs and budget or how to get more from your equipment. If you would like your Audio/Video equipment professionally installed call me on 0410 347 774 for a free no-obligation quote. email@example.com Wall Mounting with Cable Concealment SPECIALISING IN A8755935-3Jun • Organic Food • Non-Toxic Cleaning Products • Natural Bodycare/Cosmetics • Recycled Products • Power Saving Gadgets • Books/Stationery • Bamboo Products • Toys • Clothing • Designer Reusable Bags www.afrogslife.com.au Products that are good for YOU and your ENVIRONMENT 90 Toowoon Bay Road, Toowoon Bay | ph. 02 4332 9271 8750837-3/06
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