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Kasey Chambers, Sydney
, 2004

by John Elliott

type C photograph (sheet: 50.5 cm x 63.0 cm, image: 33.2 cm x 50.5 cm)

Kasey Chambers (b. 1976), singer songwriter, spent much of her early childhood on the Nullarbor Plain, where her parents hunted foxes and rabbits in between playing music at country pubs. By the time she was nine, she was joining her family on stage. In 1992 they became full-time musicians. Their Dead Ringer Band released three albums between 1995 and 1998, winning 7 Golden Guitars and two ARIA awards. Kasey launched her solo career in 1999 with The Captain, a country album that became a huge crossover success. At the 2000 ARIAs she became the first country performer to win the Best Female Artist award. In 2002 her album Barricades & Brickwalls, yielding the number 1 single 'Not Pretty Enough', went quadruple-platinum. That year she took home her second ARIA as Best Female Artist. At the 2004 ARIAs she received the honour for the 3rd time, as well as scoring the Best Country Album award for Wayward Angel (2004).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2005
Accession number: 2005.40