2020 sees the return of 2002 Star Maker Winner – Kieran Lancini – with the release of his first single in 18 years.
Co-written by Kieran and long time friend, Golden Guitar winner, Tamara Stewart – "The Reason" - is a highly personal song about never giving up hope.
"It came from a story my Aunty told me. I found out that my great, great Grand Parents flipped a coin and decided their fate and future back in the 1800's in Scotland. Heads was Australia and Tails was Canada. Thankfully Heads won and the rest, they say, is history. I like to think I inherited some of that adventurous spirit".
Lancini did inherit his ancestors' sense of adventure. In 2006 at just 26 he made the bold move to relocate to the UK and thought his music career was a thing of the past.
"It wasn't until I went back for the Star Maker 40th Anniversary show in Tamworth in 2019, that the performer was well and truly awoken in me", he says.
"I was absolutely terrified as it had been years since I was on stage in front of a live audience and band. It was then that I decided to dip my toe back in and get something out there again".
"The Reason" was recorded in Nashville at the famed House of Blues Studios and Fox Den Studios in Sheffield, England. An impressive line up of musicians feature on the track including Australian guitar wunderkind, Jedd Hughes, Eddie Bayers on Drums, Dan Dugmore on Pedal Steel, Lex Price features on bass while Mike Rojas is on keys/piano. Tamara Stewart - who also provides backing vocals - served as the song's producer.
"I come from a long line of chance takers and dream shakers …."