NeillyRich

NeillyRich

INTRODUCTION 

 

In 2012, two paths converged when New Zealand born Matthew McNeilly met Kempsey girl, Amelia Richards in Tamworth. Their musical passions aligned at the CMAA Academy, resulting in the formation of the contemporary country music duo NeillyRich.  

 

“Music makes me tick, so meeting Amelia and discovering that music had the same effect on her was so fulfilling. There was little doubt from our first performance together that this was our path.” – Matt McNeilly 

 

With diverse musical inspirations from Lyall Lovett to Keith Urban, these two artists combine to form a unique flavor of Country Music grounded in tradition, but embracing a polished, modern, Nashville-styled sound. The pair are also dedicated songwriters. Hailing from the birthplace of the iconic Slim Dusty, Amelia has always had a focused approach to storytelling through music in the vein of some of the pioneers of the Australian industry. 

 

"We pay homage to our traditional roots by taking classic country meaning and giving it a modern sound." – Amelia Richards 

 

To Matt and Amelia, authenticity and musician-ship are the most important facets of their performance. They practice tirelessly and are always aspiring to be better at what they do. Both can carry a song on lead vocals with ease, but it is the long-studied harmonies that make this duo stand out in a crowd. As well as singing the duo play a range of instruments. Amelia plays rhythm guitar and mandolin, while Matt is often referred to as a “gun” guitar player from fans who witness his prowess. He also plays drums, bass and harmonica to round out this act’s almost-complete musical range. Their capabilities as musicians have already been acknowledged by Tomkins Guitars who offered the pair endorsement in 2015. 

 

“This hard working duo have demonstrated they have the talent and stamina required to make a mark on the Australian music scene.” – Ben Sorensen, REAL COUNTRY 

 

Through to January 2016, the partnership between these two emerging artists has resulted in the release of one recording, as well as three singles that have all seen chart success. This success was highlighted by the single Sure Feels Good To Me. This stand out track off the debut recording reached number five on the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 at the time of release, while also being ranked 39th position for the entirety of 2015 on the same chart.  

 

"NeillyRich are one of the hottest new acts to emerge in Australian Country Music for a long time. They are dynamic performers, songwriters and always put their heart and soul into everything they do. Knowing the duo personally and seeing how dedicated and professional they constantly are, I predict a very bright future for NeillyRich in Country Music." - Troy Kemp 

 

The year 2017 has seen the release of NeillyRich’s first ever studio album entitled Here Now Forever through Maven Records and Sony Music Australia. The album exceeded expectations by reaching number four on both the ARIA Australian Country Album Chart as well as the iTunes Australian Country Album Chart. The success of the album release led to bookings on both the Norfolk Island and Broadbeach Country Music Festivals, as well as support slots on tour with Travis Collins, Amber Lawrence, The Viper Creek Band and a return to Kirsty Lee Akers’ tour schedule.  

 

DISCOGRAPHY 

2017 – Here Now Forever – Maven Records/Sony Music Australia 

2014 – “NeillyRich” Self-titled Debut EP Release – Independent 

 
CHART POSITIONS 

2017 – Here Now Forever 

  • ARIA Australian Country Album Chart - #4 Position 

  • iTunes Australian Country Album Chart - #4 Position 
     

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS 

2017 
  • Released first album 

  • Played Norfolk Island Country Music Festival 

  • Played Broadbeach Country Music Festival 

  • Support act and band members on Kirsty Lee Akers “BURN BABY BURN” Album Tour 

  • Support act on Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence “Our Backyard” Album Tour 

  • Support act for Viper Creek Band

2016 
  • Played Americana Fest in Nashville – Bluebird Café – October 2016 

  • Winner - CMANZ “Golden Fern” Duo/Group 

  • Winner - Frank Ifield International Spur Award 

  • Mo Award Nominee 

  • Support Daryl Braithwaite at Wagga Wagga Tour Show 

  • Support act and band members on Kirsty Lee Akers “BURN BABY BURN” Album Tour 

2015 
  • Winner - 2RRR Best Independent Duo/Group 

  • Winner - CMANZ “Golden Fern” Duo/Group 

  • Supported Roo Arcus at his sold out album launch in Tamworth 

  • Supported Troy Kemp at his album launch at Rooty Hill RSL 

2014 
  • Top 3 Finalist for the CMANZ “Golden Fern” Duo/Group Award  

  • Winner - ICMA Best Independent Duo/Group 

2013 
  • Supported McAlisterKemp at their sold out show in Sydney 

2012 
  • Graduated from the Senior Academy of Country Music