60’s Covers Album for KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band will release an album of 60s covers fresh for 2015.
‘Feeling You’ is the KC and the Sunshine Band evaluation of songs by The Kinks and the Bee Gees. From Motown and Atlantic and some from across the Atlantic.
“The widespread social and political issues of the 1960s was, in part, the inspiration to do something that would make people forget about their problems and be happy,” said Harry Wayne Casey said in a statement. “People were looking for something that would divert their attention from the negative aspects of everyday life surrounding them.”
KC and the Sunshine Band have been performing many of the songs live and gave Australian audiences a taste of this album when they toured Australia for Bluesfest this year.
“I’m excited for my fans to hear this album,” said Casey. “I really went outside of the box vocally and creatively. Feeling You! The 60’s is autobiographical, showing how I feel about love, life and the world through the music of that era.”

Feeling You! The 60’s Track Listing

1 (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me (4:12)
2 Oh How Happy (2:58)
3 Dreams (5:29)
4 Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu (2:51)
5 Words (3:03)
6 You Really Got A Hold On Me (3:12)
7 Both Sides Now (4:03)
8 Tell It Like It Is (3:08)
9 Blowin’ In The Wind (5:06) Feat. The Unity On The Bay Choir
10 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (4:22) Feat. Jason Scheff
11 You Really Got Me (2:32)
12 Sweet Soul Music (2:11)
13 I Hear A Symphony (4:44)
14 Stand By Me (5:31)
15 You Keep Me Hanging On (3:35)
16 Bring It On Home (3:50)
17 Put A Little Love In Your Heart (3:43)

‘Feeling You’ will be released in March 2015.

Special Interview: Shameem

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin? It began when I started taking piano lessons at the age of 7, got a bit more serious when I started writing songs profusely at the age of 12, and got even more serious when I released an EP of original music in 2009. The rest is history. 

What had you first interested in music? Music was all around me growing up. My parents would constantly play music at home; everything from classical music through to The Beach Boys and Michael Jackson. 

Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music? I think music is a really powerful tool for conveying constructive social messages and positive ideas. I see my purpose as an artist to use my songwriting to encourage people to be more socially conscious and to contribute to the betterment of the world. 

Do you have any planned tours coming up? I’ll be touring nationally in the second half of February, doing shows in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Adelaide. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Making a living from performing and recording is a pretty big feat these days, with the age of downloads and streaming having arrived! Other than that, my goal is to travel the world performing and spreading the love. 

What can fans expect from you in the coming months? A new album release in January, national Australian tour in February, and hopefully some performances overseas later in 2015. 

Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far? I believe that the keys to success are having a clear vision of what you want to achieve and why, the ability to learn on the job, and then constant, determined and tenacious hard work. My biggest career highlight so far was supporting George Benson at Perth Convention Centre. I might have done some things with my career that others consider more significant, but this has been a personal highlight for me. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? At the moment, I’m really digging Emeli Sande. In an industry full of pop stars who sing about love blah blah blah love, or who are propagating promiscuity and socially harmful behaviour, she’s writing her own songs and getting social messages out there, and is doing well for it too. Huge props to her. Someone who has been an inspiration for a long time also is Sting, for a similar reason, plus the fact that he is an excellent songwriter and has gotten to a point in his career where he is no longer inhibited by genre or style. 

How would you best describe you and your music to your fans? I am a passionate world citizen trying to do my bit for humanity. My music is neo-soul, with spiritually inspired, socially conscious and personal lyrics. 

What can you tell us about your latest album? This is my second album and it’s called The Second City. All the songs are written and co-produced by myself, with the exception of the track “Under One Sun” which was co-written and produced by Grammy-winning producer James Bryan, who’s based in the UK. This album is more mature than my previous recordings in terms of the quality of songwriting and production, as I’ve been growing and developing my skills. There’s also a bit more of a diversity of styles that I’ve explored on this album, as I forayed a little into reggae and also got more in touch with my Iranian roots. 

Are there any new exciting projects in the works? This album is the most exciting thing for me right now! Hopefully in the coming months I’ll sink my teeth into some collaborations with other Aussie artists. 

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? It’s hard to see where you will be in the future, as the measuring markers keep changing. But no matter what, I see myself as still writing songs and spreading social and spiritual consciousness. That will never change. 

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Hiatus Kaiyote are a pretty sick band, and Sia is also awesome. I recently discovered an indie folk/ soul singer from Sydney called Billie McCarthy who I really dig. Also I saw Coin Banks perform at the recent WAM Festival too and he totally blew me away. If you let me go further back, then I would have to say I LOVE Crowded House. Do they count as Aussies? Oh, and I have always loved the music of Yothu Yindi. 

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? It is what it is. Social media and other changes in the industry have brought with them both a lot of great advantages and a lot of great challenges for artists. To me, social media is a weapon: you can use it for good or for evil! Hopefully I’m using it well and effectively. 

Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today? Everyone has the power to make a difference, including you. What kind of a difference, however small, will you make in the world today? 

New Music Video: Sheppard ‘Smile’

Brisbane’s Sheppard are closing the year with a big Smile, having last week entered the US Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time just a week after collecting the ARIA for Best Group and being presented with quintuple platinum awards for their smash hit “Geronimo”. The band were also nominated for Best New Artist Breakthrough 2015 from influential US radio network SiriusXM, yet another indicator of their position on the edge of breaking through in a big way in the world’s biggest music market. 

To celebrate the end of a whirlwind 2014, the band is giving Australian fans the gift of their brand new video for their latest single “Smile”. Produced by Sydney production company The Precinct, the video takes in the journey of the band lost at sea with Amy discovering the man of her dreams and his crabs, Emma discovering her violent side and George competing with a toucan as most wooden actor. 

This year saw Sheppard spend seven weeks atop the ARIA singles chart, a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and chart placements around the world including top 10 in Ireland, #1 in Italy, #3 in Austria, and #4 in Poland and top five in New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines. The band racked up over 700,000 Spotify plays per week and toured over fifteen countries including sold out hometown shows here at home.

What will 2015 bring?