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Toyota Star Maker Winner Blake O’Connor Announces Debut Album



In January 2019, 18-year-old Blake O’Connor became the 40th winner of Toyota Star Maker – Australia’s longest running and most prestigious country music competition. Today he has announced the release of his debut album  Everything I Feel will be on Friday July 12. To coincide with the announcement, first single Beautiful As You is at radio today. Blake wrote the song with Tiana of The Dennis Sisters, and it’s about trying to overcome your insecurities and how scary it can be sometimes to express your feelings.

One of the lines in the song “But my courage envies everything I feel” is where we pulled the album title from. This song is one of my personal favorite as its pretty much me written in a song. I was super happy to get Tiana to fly down to the studio to sing backing vocals on this. It was also the first time we sang it together when we recorded it, because we originally wrote the song in an unorthodox way through texting each other. This is an acoustically driven song with melodic fiddle and guitar licks backed up by smooth bass lines and up tempo drum beat to keep it driving along.”

The album Everything I Feel was produced by great mate and mentor Adam Eckersley, who worked his musical ears and skills on all of the tunes.

Adam was the perfect producer for this project because he gets me, we both have a very similar music taste and a goal to just make good music that serves the song, and to have fun doing it! Then to have Adam and his Band: Mitch Cairns, Daniel Biederman, Ben Elliott, play on the tracks too, along with Brooke McClymont, Tiana Dennis, Michel Rose, Luke Miller and Evan Mannell. To have such awesomely talent musicians play on my song and watching my songs come alive was amazing!

In addition we had Grammy award winner Nick DiDia mix the album which was something special! Some the artists he has worked with have been some of my favourite, including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Powderfinger. To have his input and ear on this album was something I couldn’t be more thrilled about!

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