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Blundell Shows Staying Power

Blundell Shows Staying Power

Who: James Blundell
Where: Mayfield Ex Services Club
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Sunday December 16, 2001

FOLLOWING the release of his latest album I Shall Be Released, Australian country music crooner James Blundell will perform at Mayfield Ex-Services Club on December 16.

Blundell is one of the Australia's most respected country musicians.

He wrote his first song at 15 and in 1987 he entered the Tamworth Star Maker competition.

Within a year of the performance, Blundell was crowned Best New Talent and released his debut self-titled album.

Over the next 11 years, Blundell released six albums.

The six albums have been combined to create Blundell's greatest hits package, I Shall Be Released.

Although labelled as a country artist, Blundell believes that his music has the ability to appeal to fans of many different genres.

'Have I ever used the words true blue" in a song? Never,' Blundell says.

'Ridgy-didge"? No thank you, I have a great respect for the use of language and the ability of songs to convey a meaning in three minutes.'

'As a writer it has always been a great challenge to write the best prose with the tools Australia has provided me.'

He won the ARIA Country Album of the Year in 1989 and was named the CMAA Male Vocalist of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1991. His collaboration with James Reyne titled Way Out West crossed the boundaries of pop and country music to make it to number two on the pop music charts in 1992.

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