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Kasey Chambers Biography

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Born: 1976/06/04
Birth Place: Australia
Years Active: 1993 - 1998 (Dead Ringer Band), 1999 - Present (Solo)
Genres: Country, Country Pop

Kasey Chambers (born June 4, 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of steel guitar player Bill Chambers, and the sister of musician and producer Nash Chambers.

Chambers recorded her debut solo album, “The Captain,” on Norfolk Island over a few weeks in late 1998 with Nash Chambers producing the album and Bill Chambers on guitar. U.S. country musicians Buddy Miller and Julie Miller added guitars and vocals to four tracks. “The Captain” was released in 1999 in Australia and in 2000 in the U.S. Chambers won the 1999 ARIA Award for Best Country Album for “The Captain” and a year later won Best Female Artist. The success lead to “The Captain” going double platinum in Australia. “The Captain” would eventually reach the Top 50 of the Billboard Country Albums chart in 2001.

Chambers' second album, “Barricades & Brickwalls,” was released in late 2001 debuting at #4 in the ARIA album charts. The record took off in early 2002 with the lead single “Not Pretty Enough” going to #1 on the ARIA Singles chart. Chambers became the only Australian country artist to have a #1 single and album simultaneously on the charts in that country. Subsequent singles “Million Tears” and “If I Were You” also made the Australian Top 40. While “Not Pretty Enough” eventually went double platinum, “Barricades & Brickwalls” would achieve sales of 7x platinum in Australia meaning Chambers had the second best selling single and album by an Australian artist in 2002. At the 2002 ARIA Awards, Chambers won Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Country Album. “Barricades & Brickwalls” was released in the U.S. in 2002 peaking just outside the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 Albums charts, and reaching the Top 20 of the Billboard Country chart.

She recorded a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song “True Colours” which became the theme song of the 2003 Rugby World Cup and reached the Top 5 in Australia in May 2003.

Chambers released her third solo album, “Wayward Angel,” in Australia in May 2004. It debuted at #1 on the Australian chart and went platinum in its first week of release. Singles from the album included, “Hollywood,” “Pony” and “Saturated.”

Chambers's next album, “Carnival,” debuted in the #1 position on the ARIA Album chart in late August 2006. The lead single, “Nothing at All” also reached the Top 10 of the singles chart.

Her first collaboration with Australian singer Shane Nicholson was the 2008 album, “Rattlin’ Bones.” The #1 Australian album won Best Country Album at the 2008 ARIA Awards.

A solo album, “Little Bird,” was released by Chambers in 2010. The album peaked at #3 on the Australian ARIA chart, becoming Chambers' first album to miss the #1 spot since her debut album peaked at #11 in 1999. The gold record is also her first not to reach platinum status in her home country.