Paving your own destiny is a topic Australian act Jetty Road are quite familiar with.
Their debut six years ago into the Australian music scene saw them make the bold decision only a few years later to branch out into the Northern hemisphere; a courageous step, which is now starting to pay big dividends. Jetty Road are now making waves in Canada and Europe as well as their home country Australia. But winning one of Australia's highest country music accolades in January 2010, the CMAA Award (Golden Guitar) for Best Group, was the icing on the cake. Identical twin sisters, Lee and Paula Bowman, Julian Sammut and Simon Ross are members of what is now being touted one of Australia's hottest acts.
The four friends met whilst studying at Music College in Melbourne, Australia, and after a few years began writing and recording, releasing their debut album Full Circle in 2005, the follow up album, Dirt Roads City Lights in 2007, and their multi award winning album, Life at a Million Miles in 2009.
And the figures are starting to stack up. Since releasing Full Circle, the band have had nine tracks appear in the Top 20 on Australian country radio, 7 of those in the top 10, with Million Miles staying the number 1 position for 6 consecutive weeks. Seven of the video clips for these tracks have appeared in the Top 10 on the CMC Top 30 chart (Country Music Channel) - three of them to the coveted #1 position, City Lights (2008), Million Miles (2009) and World Keeps Turning (2009).
Along with strong chart success, Jetty Road have taken home many awards over the past few years, including their first Golden Guitar award at the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for Best Group / Duo in January 2010. That year, Jetty Road was also honoured with Album of the Year and Single of the Year nominations. They've also won other key country music awards including Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Australian Independent Album of the Year, Australian Independent Group/Duo of the Year, numerous Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards and the National Music Oz Award for Best Country Act.
There have been many career highlights, but taking their music to the world stage is undoubtedly at the top of this list. Playing main stage performances at festival giants Big Valley Jamboree, WE Fest, Havelock Jamboree, Merritt Mountain CM Festival, Capitol Hoedown, plus Norway and Switzerland's famous Vinstra and Trucker & Country Festivals alongside the cream of country music including Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, and Glen Campbell to name a few.
Most recently, their signing to On Ramp Records, one of Canada’s premiere country music record labels, is their next significant achievement. They are the only non-Canadian act amongstan impressive Canadian country music artist roster including Victoria Banks, Shane Yellowbird and Jaydee Bixby.
Jetty Road are now on the eve of releasing their fourth album, Far Away Places. At first glance it seems a fitting title for an album, considering their lives are lived out of a suitcase; but it also reflects their journey into the unknown. On past albums, Jetty Road have written all of their own material, but their latest project sees a branching out with a number of notable co-writes, including George Canyon (Wrong), and Jason McCoy (I’m a Dreamer / Welcome to the Party). Opting to record their 4th album half way across the globe in Vancouver, Canada with producer Paul Shatto has also proven to be an exciting partnership.