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Sinead Burgess, the Redcliffe-born Caboolture-raised singer songwriter, had every reason to celebrate New Year’s Day on June 4.
Her song of that title reached the top of cable and satellite music TV channel CMT Australia’s charts and was the former Beachmere resident’s first number one.
“I’m in a daze,” said the former Tullawong State High School student when breaking the news on Facebook, “honestly, I’m so happy.
“This is my first number one, which is insane. We’re all excited and celebrating.
“It couldn’t happen to a more exciting song for me. It’s the start of a journey to the next record. There’s going to be lot more where this has come from.”
It was among the highlights of a year which saw the 32-year-old performing on stage far more, in Australia and overseas, after the pandemic.
Burgess was a special guest of Ian Moss, the legendary founding member of Cold Chisel, for a one-night-only show at Brisbane Powerhouse.
She also played at the CMC Rocks Queensland festival near Ipswich in September and on stages in Sydney and Memphis Tennessee.
About Sinead Burgess
From karaoke at Caboolture Sports Club, Sinead Burgess’ musical career has led to performances on three continents with world-famous singers and bands.
Her first public appearance was in the busking competition at Caboolture’s Urban Country Music Festival, where she also played on the main concert stage several years later.
Burgess released a five-track EP You Get Me in 2007. The title track and Butterflies were released as singles.
At at the age of 17, having just left Tullawong State High School, she supported legendary American singer Don McLean on his Australian tour, which included shows at Sydney Opera House.
She has since toured and played with the likes of James Bay, The Script and The Shires.
Burgess spent time living, writing and singing in Sydney and in the US, where Nashville became her home.
From there she released a six-track EP entitled Wolf and toured with The Shires, the UK’s top country music duo on 2018 on their tour.
Burgess was in Australia when COVID struck and has remained her, teaming up with Blake O’Connor to write, perform and tour.
They are among the first performers back on the road once COVID restrictions eased touring New South Wales and Queensland.
Sydney’s top morning radio show host Ray Hadley was full of praise for the duo in a live interview last year and gave the tour’s title track Silver Linings its world radio premiere.
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