Hold On To Love has been a miraculous and shared experience. Many people believed in me and helped me to create this wonderful collection of songs. It was important that this album was something extra special. I think we’ve nailed it.
It has been produced by Matt Fell both in Australia and in Nashville. It is world-class production with some of the world's best musicians playing on the album.
Hold On To Love will not be publicly released till 6 May 2016. You can pre-purchase your copy now and it will be posted in the week leading up to 6 May 2016.
Hold On To Love has 13 original Australian country and country-folk songs:
Hold On To Me is about my journey to find love: my children and my partner. It's all about love and never letting go. This song received a massive standing ovation at the Toyota Star Maker finals in Tamworth last year. It is very 'Roy Orbisonesque' and the last few notes go higher than I ever thought I could reach.
In The Arms of the Widow Fig is a haunting song about a battle between a giant water gum and a strangler fig, or maybe it is story told from the perspective of the children whose parents separated? You decide. This song is a duet with my daughter Charlotte.
Oh No, Not Another Love Song! is a real swinging foot tapper! Light-hearted and uplifting.
The Worry Tree is something I bet we all wished we had. One of the cutest, feel-good songs on the album.
Things I Should Be Doing was written by talented poet, Manfred Vijars. It is a haunting and thought-provoking Indigenous yarn.
Till the Buzzer Goes Off is about life being like a rodeo! Another fun, foot-tapper with a few positive and encouraging messages - a bit of 'cowboy philosophy'.
Man Gone Missing is another fun, tongue-in-cheek song with an infectious beat. It was the first single to be released and entered the national country airplay charts top 40 (CMR) at a staggering no.5 in November 2015.
Beechworth Gold is a common story of early gold-miners' fates, told from the perspective of a gold-miner's wife. Ronald Morgan wrote this song originally and we worked on it together to come up with this beautiful piece.
Sweet Ophelia is a song I wrote for my beautiful daughter Ophelia, for her 21st birthday.
100 Droving Days is song I wrote many years ago but has been re-incarnated for this album. It's an unusual bush-ballad/love-song hybrid. This song has already proven to be very popular and reached the no.1 on the Country Tracks Chart Top 40 in 2016.
Last and Least of All is a yodelling song. It's a little sad, a little funny. When I sing this song I always imagine a forlorn runaway dog yodelling his way through his sad lament.
Water Into Wine is a melancholy and beautiful ballad.
That's Not Love is another foot-tapper with some awesome percussion work on the track thanks to the amazing talents of producer Matt Fell.