12 Months later lots to tell :) 

Well hello my friends and I hope this finds you well and good - thankyou for being a part of my life :) What an amazing year I have had - my new album A THOUSAND DIFFERENT PICTURES  has far exceeded any ideas I had of what was going to be the outcome. 

I am thrilled to bits that you are all loving the music - so many varied songs that have appealed for what ever reason suits - that'll do me :) Wonderful achievements in songwriting recognition too. :)

So, the single track A Thousand Different Pictures (since release in May 2017 – CRS DD5) has: 

Stayed in the Top 40 Country Tracks Charts - 14 weeks 2017 
#4 Australian Songwriting Awards - Australian Country Song 2017 
Winner TSA Bev Daniel Commemorative Award for Traditional Bush Ballad of the Year 2018 
Winner Female Vocal - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards 2018

Dad's Younger Days- Finalist TSA Bev Daniel Commemorative Award for Traditional Bush Ballad of the Year 2018 

Lord Hear My Cry, O Lord Take Me There, Because I Have You - Semi Finalist in the 2018 TSAs.

O Lord Take Me There - #6 Australian Songwriting Awards - Australian Gospel Song 2017.

Because I Have You and Where Has My Australia Gone - both stayed in the Australian Country Radio Charts for 6+ weeks

A Thousand Different Pictures Album - Finalist Album of the Year - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards 2018 and Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards 2017. (where I was also Finalist Female Vocal )

 

Festivals have been wonderful - Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash, Bundaberg Coads Country Muster, Port Pirie SA, Mildura CM Festival and getting to sing on the Awards Night concert, Temora NSW, Victoria shows and all sorts have had the most wonderful outcomes - I pinch myself at times.

2018 is shaping up to be just as fast and wonderful - Grandchester Qld, Terara NSW - near Nowra, Condobolin and then Hartwood NSW, Mulwala, Strathmerton, Barham - VIC/NSW border - all wonderful opportunities.

I am going to be doing something so very different for me - A Patsy Cline Tribute Show - in full costume - never have I ever done that before - so watch for pics etc. 

Oh - and did I forget to mention I have a YouTube Video - made at Enrec Studios with Steve Newton - Turning Gravel Into Gold  - have a look at that :) 

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I am thrilled to get to talk to you all - I wish you well and look forward to singing for you anytime xoxoxo

Sharon Heaslip

NEW ALBUM FOR 2017 - A THOUSAND DIFFERENT PICTURES 

Hello my friends :) Where has the time gone this year? :) But oh my we have had an eventful time.
I have a new album recorded through KROSSKUT RECORDS once again and I am so very excited. A THOUSAND DIFFERENT PICTURES is a wonderful warm acoustic collection of songs, including the title track. I have written 8/12 tracks, bush ballads, love songs and of course beloved gospel songs too. I have also included the wonderful songs Camooweal and Where Country Is - at request of so many fans. A track called Where Has My Australia Gone written by Terry & the late Jenny Bennetts is significant as we all ask that question - but I still love her any way. This song won so many Australian Awards for them but it is a powerful reflection song.
I have also recorded an old song written by Hilton Haberfield called Footsteps To Nowhere, a fitting time honoured song with that great western traditional sound.

You can order your CD direct through me by email or phone contact. Due out early May and soon to be added to this site.
Lots to do, and I look forward to seeing you all around the great shows. xoxoxSharon

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 

Hello Everyone :) Wow what a finish to 2016 :) 
Mildura Country Music Festival was a completely wonderful blast from start to finish - lots of new venues, people and amazing musical shows. Just loved every moment. I had a highlight of singing live on radio Suvla Bay with a banjo and saw. What a thrill indeed. Great to see the success of such a festival.
Munna Creek Festival, near Gympie, once again was the most fun time with Lex K and Waddo's team of musos.
I was a bit crook when I was part of the opening of the Mental Health Expo in Mackay QLd singing That'll Be Me with combined 3 local choirs. They were awesome and that was one of the most satisfying times on stage and to see their faces at such achievement - priceless. I immediately took myself to the Dr after that performance to be diagnosed with Pneumonia. Got over that quickly :) 
Rosewood Festival, near Tumbarumba NSW - what a change in temperature with snow visible on Mt Kosciusko nearby and sleet weather , but that didn't stop the country music lovers from enjoying a good time old time dancing on the tennis courts and then sitting outside enjoying the show :) I am in awe.
I was honoured to win FEMALE VOCAL - at the GIDGEE COAL BUSH BALLAD AWARDS Pittsworth QLd, and also be Finalist for Album of the Year with A Year of Firsts.
Next in December we traveled to Perth for the Senior Citizens Christmas Show, spending holiday time with my darling Ian and then at Terry Bennetts. Then off to Melbourne, via Adelaide to see a couple of our girls while I went off and did the Warrnambool CM Club Christmas Show at lunch time , then drove flat out to Beaufort CM Club for their Christmas party. Home to Mackay the next day and I must say then the sleep catchup was on during the Christmas break.

Now - Here we are - HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all :) and I'm getting madly ready for Tamworth. I'm excited for this trip it's been 13 years since I was last there - (omgoodness that is a long time eh) and the KROS KUT RECORDS SHOWCASE  Is going to be spectacular :)
I thank you all so much for all your support, radio, public family and friends and wish you all the best.
I have a new album on the make through KROSS KUT RECORDS called A Thousand Different Pictures and is due out in May. I'm so very excited, musically, creatively this is a wonderful acoustic natural sounding country music album. I can't wait to share if with you. 
We will catch up eh xoxoxoxo Sharon 

NEW SINGLE RELEASE: THAT'LL BE ME 

Hello friends :) wow time is sure flying past this year. I am thrilled to release a new single of a song I wrote for my girls - and in turn for everyone :) THAT'LL BE ME, Recorded at KrossKut Studios and released Sept 2016. I wrote this sing on the plane heading for WA outback - this is about how I connect with my girls - all spread out in Australia - Country and city - and my hope is that the world will take this to heart and soul and feel not so alone. I am singing this song with combined choir members of Bella Mama, Sarina Sings Community Choir and Choir of Unheard Voices on 8th October 2016 at Mackay Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo. Looking forward to that - and I certainly love the look on faces as they start to smile with this song….:)
I have had a busy time travelling since our last chat, been to Yellowbelly Festival at St George Qld, what a beaut Aussie town and community - we raced the floods home too, but made it. Grandchester Heritage afternoon was a real treat in an old hall, near Ipswich  Qld - if only those walls could speak - my imagination ran wild as I thought about all the wonderful gatherings of the past there. A lovely little club indeed.
the Rat's of Tobruk Dinner was held in August - such an honour to sing for them all and to listen to the stories told, I have no need to feel hard done by in this life when we hear about what they did for us. I had the sad privilege of singing at the funeral for one of our local diggers who sadly passed away, may He Rest In Peace, dear soldier. With that in mind I am putting on an afternoon tea of old songs at another old diggers home this weekend.
I'm gearing up for Mildura Country Music Festival in a week or 2, then Munna Creek, then Rosewood, Pittsworth then Perth and Melbourne areas all before Christmas.
In between of course I keep the pen pushing at work hahah.
Nov 8 sees Ian and myself celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary, he feels every bit of it apparently :)
I love seeing you all, love singing for you and look forward to enjoying our wonderful country music together :) 
take care xoxo
Sharon  

Thurs, June 24, 2016 

Hello friends, oh my how the year has passed so quickly, here we are at the end of June. What a wonderful period of time for me and of course my darling family :)
My new album A YEAR OF FIRSTS #ayearoffirsts# has been taken to the hearts and ears of so many, I am thrilled and humbled indeed and glad you are enjoying it.
January  - is a busy work time for me, I didn't get to Tamworth but will hope and pray for 2017. I did receive Finalist Berth in the TSA (Tamworth Songwriters) for "With Love For My Lord" and "Grandma Doing Bootcamp", what a thrill as I am relatively new to the songwriting - but I am so influenced by great writers here in Australia so I am very grateful to them all.
February, -  I made it to Bungendore NSW for the Country Music Bush Ballad Awards, where I was partner with Keith Jamieson as Finalist in the Collaboration with our recording of "Further Out". Whilst we didn't win, we surely had a marvellous time and was great to see so many friends and music lovers.
March - , I had a great show in Mackay at the Senior CItizens Centre, and also enjoyed singing with John Kilcullen, and there debuted my new song "Dad's Younger Days" thank you to all who attended and travelled through blinding rain that day. I had the pleasure and honour of singing for friends for their 50th Wedding Anniversary, just the day after I had my 50th Birthday!! Where did that come from?? :)
By 21st March I was on the plane to Broome WA to support my youngest daughter at birth and after for our first grandchild - a beautiful daughter Annabelle Kaitlyn born 31st March. It was on the plane heading there anxiously that I wrote "That'll Be Me" for my daughter and typically now for everyone. (See the words in the pictures section on this website) Then off to Moola Bulla Property near Halls Creek WA for Grandma duties for the next 5 weeks. Real WA outback - omgoodness I was in my element - oh yes I helped with baby but every chance I was out the door to experience life on a huge station at muster time. Choppers were in action just beside the homestead, road trains and stockmen and women and angry big cattle and dust!! I loved every moment and also got the chance to live a dream and be station cook for a couple of days. Far removed from my darling husband but loving every moment - if you haven't gone to WA Kimberley region - do yourself a favour eh :) It was my experience at this property and the beauty of the Kimberley's that produced a new song called "A Thousand Different Pictures" - no matter what I had heard, read and sung- it still took my breath away with the beauty that I saw.
While I was in Broome waiting for bub arrival I had a great time catching up with good friends Ginger & Marie Cox and had the pleasure of singing and watching some of Ginger's family sing some great country music. Wow.
May - Home to Mackay early May in time to be at the Mackay Country & Western Club Members Dinner - where Rodney Vincent was our guest artist and had a great time singing with Rodney - a consummate professional indeed, and a wonderful opportunity to give back to our club members who raise so many funds for charity each year.
The day after was a wonderful opportunity to sing with Norma O'Hara Murphy during her show in Mackay. The next weekend I was in Bouldercome at the Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash with Jammo & Alisha and other artists - what a great festival of fun and family - always love that.
The last weekend of May - I headed to Barham NSW - on the Murray River Vic Border for the Barham Balladeers Festival - and they can dance madly there - it's another great festival that I totally recommend to you all. I did the trip - flew to Melbourne and saw our other 2 daughters then drove up to Barham - what beautiful county too, a little cold haha but so beautiful. I miss the sheep - it was lambing time, a memory from my childhood. Was a real thrill to make new friends in another state - a lot of travellers from Vic and what a great sense of humour hahaha as we all enjoyed my skit with "The Job's Not Finished"
The wonder of flight travel - home and back at work the day after :) Lucky to have a great job :)
June - long weekend time - found me at Maryborough QLD for the Stampede - another great fun festival and a thrill also to bring a surprise package of daughter and baby home for a week to meet Poppy :) Had some lovely time as "Grammy" but before the end of the week had to honour plans and flew to Gold Coast QLd to KrossKut Studios to record my new single "That'll Be Me" - to go on to the KrossKut Studios 100th Album - compilation of Kross Kut artists and will be loaded onto iTunes. A great little uplifting song that I hope will make a positive difference in the darkest of days for anyone. I hope for this to be out by end July. But in the words…. you're not alone.

Coming Up : See details on my Show Page on this website :)
July - first weekend, am to be judging for the Sarina Country Music Talent Quest - good luck to all contestants. 
Second Weekend in July - off to St George QLD for the wonderful Yellowbelly Country Music Festival - just love going here and it's again beautiful country - with a particularly lovely little winery in the area :) A great lineup of artists.
Last weekend July - flying to Brisbane as I am appearing at the Grandchester Country Heritage afternoon (24th )

My friends I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you all again soon xoxoxo Sharon 

December 2015 Update. 

Hello my friends :)  Well here we are at the end of another year - 2015. We wonder where the time has flown to, and I am sure this has nothing to do with age!! :)
I  hope you have had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the very best for the New Year 2016. 
This has been a wonderful year of fun, family, music and travel and I typically have enjoyed it all. 
August: Mackay Sharon Heaslip Show - got to share the stage with my good friend John Quinn and had a lovely afternoon of plans, songs and 'winging' it but pleased as punch at the great rollup of attendees. 
September: Ian and I took to the road to visit family and friends in NSW on our way to Mildura Festival in VIC. Approx image distance travelled from Mid Sept to Mid Nov with all the festivals was well over 10,000km. It's a big wonderful country we live in. We had the wonderful joy of meeting up with all our girls and their partners in Wagga Wagga at a darling cousins wedding. What a joy that was - we calculated it was over 3 years since we had all been together as a family unit, sad as they are so young  but that is the way of life when you grow your children up to fly and that they did. (2 in Melbourne Vic, and 1 in WA outback) That was certainly the highlight for Ian and myself. Family is the most important in life. After wedding it was madly off to Mildura.
October: Mildura Country Music Festival - a wonderful festival with mixed venues, performances, artists and wonderful natural settings. All with the common love of country music and it's wonderful big family. I had the pleasure of catching up with old friends I hadn't seen for so long and making new friends amongst the talented artists and fans. A wonderful festival to attend. I can't speak highly enough of the organisation and co-ordination of it all, the radio promotion and support and the smooth running of so many venues and people. 
Next off to Bedgerabong - near Forbes in Central West NSW. A wonderful personal festival of country music set in natural country settings at the Bedgerabong Race Track. We loved every moment made more special by the attendance of family and cousins and friends I hadn't seen for so long. That is our old stomping ground of initial country music shows and club nights. I totally recommend this festival.
Then back in the car and racing madly through high hay fever country to QLD - Munna Creek Festival - near Gympie QLD (and my sister's house) to a great fun friendly festival of country music. This is our second year attending there and a great time was had by all. It's a personal little festival set in the country area of Munna Creek with wonderful Qld weather. Great line up of artists also and the music fed the soul once again. (a good old case of hay fever galore made the performances interesting but people are so caring and forgiving :) 
Home and back at work momentarily with little performances as promised - including an afternoon tea show, originally planned for a handful of ANZAC diggers here in the Pioneer Valley, Mackay area which grew into over 50 ppl attending where I got to sing some old 1940-50's songs of the war era that I love but don't often get to sing. For them it was special and I am privileged to make a difference to them in some way. We are to always be eternally grateful for what our ANZACs did for us.
November: off to Pittsworth new Toowoomba QLD for the Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards - where I was blessed to be a finalist in categories Female Vocal for "The Drought"(Congratulations Kylie Castle) and Collaboration with Keith Jamieson "Further Out" (Congratulations Gunbarrel Highwaymen). This is a show not to be missed annually and was great to see so many CM friends and family. My highlight of the weekend was to sing a set of songs personally and acoustically with Alisha Smith - who has a magical touch with the guitar. One of those times of personal satisfaction after a performance, I will remember it :) 
December : off to Melbourne VIC for our eldest daughters RMIT uni Graduation where I got to spend time with both of our eldest girls and their partners prior to Christmas.
New year brings a busy work load as I am administration involved in the commencement of new junior Doctors at MBH, then off to Bungendore NSW in Feb for the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards as Finalist Collaboration with Keith Jamieson "Further Out"

Tamworth is January 2016 but I will miss this sadly, although I have 2 semi finalist songs written by myself and on my new album A YEAR OF FIRSTS #ayearoffirsts#. 
With Love for My Lord - Gospel, Grandma Doing Bootcamp - Comedy. Both are semi finalists in the TSA Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards. I am a fledgling songwriter so am pleased as punch and know the songwriting industry is very strong. 
"The Drover and The Brumby" off my album and written by Graham Howle and released as a single has ben on the CM Radio Charts debut at 13 in Sept and stayed in the charts for a few weeks. Wonderful indeed. 
I just want to thank everyone so much, country music radio, friends, fans and family for all the support to me and of course know that it is the work of God for these blessings. 
NEWS FLASH - We are going to be GRANDPARENTS in April 2016 :) Excited xoxoxo

I wish you well and will talk to you soon xoxoxo
Sharon

JULY 2015 UPDATE :) 

Hello my friends - hoping this finds you all well and good. 
Well, my new album "A Year Of Firsts" has certainly been successfully released (June 16) and my tracks have been enjoyed all over Australia, - actually all over the world - thanks to many community radios live streaming and also many thanks to Mark Eckal at Mildura and the great live streaming station of OZCMR. I have really enjoyed meeting so many country music fans from so many interesting places. I am also veery pleased to say, my loyal fans here have enjoyed this collection of songs too, and that is very special to me. 
So let me tell you about the songs: 
WITH LOVE FOR MY LORD: I wrote this at lunchtime at work one day - hearing the traditional sound of bluegrass and harmonies but wanting to capture a song that showed just how happy I am to be standing, singing, living in the love of my Lord :) 
A YEAR OF FIRSTS: Everyone will have been or will be going through a loss or a change of someone in their life. It hurts deeply, and everything you do from that moment on is the first time, without that person with you, be it going to bed, shopping, business, social.... you don't want to leave your sanctuary but you have to and it still hurts but you do it, because life goes on, it has to. Then when you can, as you can, you look forward, move forward and live life as you are supposed to on this earth, and if you can, shine. 
TURNING GRAVEL INTO GOLD: Written about our family of wheat farmers in CWest NSW - the ups and downs, joy and toil then retirement of the farmer and his connection to his land and his tenacity - making good - damn sure that he could..
BRICKS & HALLS & WALLS: I wrote this one day as I watched the old Mackay Base Hospital being demolished to make way for the new one. Saw that it meant something to many people in some way, but also saw that you need to embrace the change and make your memories in the new building. Its the same in your old home as time goes on.....
GRANDMA DOING BOOTCAMP: hahahaha I hope you have a great giggle. This is my take on the money industry of keeping fit - but seen through my eyes as a 'mature' person who sees the funny side of it all - true story ......:)
HEARTBREAK & HURTING: a co-write with Dave Oliver - a classic Nashville sound - nothing like a heart ache to make a good country song :)
 A SOLDIER'S PICTURE: a co-write with Bush Poet Ray Essary, I was captivated by this story when I first heard Ray recite it. I am passionately proud of Australia and ANZACs and I understand the significance of the pictures of our soldiers - especially the long ingering love kept. So, as age shall not weary them nor time forget...
THE DROUGHT:  Written by Joyce Stewart - my heart aches for the plight of our drought affected farmers...if only it would rain.
THE DROVER & THE BRUMBY: Written by Graham Howle. A great action song with a mesmerising story and the spirit of the brumby who could not be captured ...
DON'T EVER STOP HOLDING MY HAND: Written by Pam Thomasson - an old fashioned song, captured my heart and romantic side, as I long to be like so many with the love of my life forever...
WALK ME HOME PRECIOUS LORD: Written by Pam Thomasson - I love gospel songs and this song is joyous in a true Nashville sound. How special.
 FURTHER OUT: Written by Norma O'Hara Murphy - my collaboration with my great friends Keith Jamieson & Alisha Smith :) this suited me perfectly - get me out in the country - further out.

It has been a wonderful year of surprises and trips and festivals. 
May 2015 : had a wonderful time as usual at Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash (Bouldercombe near Rockhampton QLD) - great crowd, atmosphere, weather - although the previous days took some annexes off vans. Our great friends Keith Jamieson & Alisha Smith work tirelessly for all the people involved, big hugs thanks xoxoxo  
Then off to Coad's Country Muster in Bundaberg - a late minute addition to the program and what a terrific show that is - great camping, people and again, talent. I am booked to appear there again next year.
Then off to Rockhampton then back to Mackay for a show with Kross Kut Studios, Waddo, Lex K, Ken Lindsay & John Kilcullen. Great fun and thanks to everyone for their support.
I am putting on a show here in Mackay on 23 August, then off September and October to Mildura Country Music Festival, Bedgerabong Festival and then Munna Creek Country Music Festival. That makes short work of the year!!!

That's the music side - all good fun and in addition to my F/T admin work and family life.
I wish you well my friends, and for new friends - hello and welcome to our world :) Tell your festival organisers about me - get me to your shows, to your land and areas :)
take care xoxoxo Sharon
 

15 May 2015 

Sharon has recorded a new album of Australian songs through Kross Kut Records, Lindsay Waddington. This album has been a culmination of years of thoughts and ideas, finally put into song by Sharon. 

The title song, A Year Of Firsts, Turning Gravel Into Gold, Bricks and Halls and Walls and bluegrass With Love For My Lord written by Sharon. There’s co write on Heartbreak and Hurting and A Soldier’s Picture and Collaboration with Keith Jamieson and Alisha Smith with Norma O’Hara Murphy’s song Further Out. Other special songs chosen by Sharon to compliment this wonderful album include Pam Thomasson’s, Walk Me Home Precious Lord and Don’t Ever Stop Holding My Hand,
Joyce Stewart’s The Drought, modern bush ballad by Graham Howle Drover and the Brumby and Bush Poet Gary Fogarty’s Until I Saw It In Your Eyes.   A Year of Firsts was written from the raw emotion of losing loved ones, seeing friends lose partners and children and family moving away. It is raw, sad and very real – all the emotions that go with loss of some sort. But, like life itself, you have to move on, you have to go forward with strength and support from family. I encourage you to fly with this song.  Turning Gravel Into Gold was written with cousins in mind on the grain farms in CW NSW, but then also for all our friends on the land,  you keep going, you make lemonade out of lemons every day. 
Bricks and Halls and Walls is a story about the demolishing of Mackay Base Hospital (where Sharon has worked for years as admin) and then the view again, you have to look forward, embrace change. It’s like that for all our old buildings that the powers that be tend to throw away and not care about preserving. It also reflects the thoughts of those who have seen our old homes go to ruin over time.  Standing With Love For My Lord was written Bluegrass style as a reflection as pure joy at having the love of God in her life. How fortunate to be able to have such joy.
 
In past years Sharon has concentrated on raising her family in the Pioneer Valley, west of Mackay QLd. Now with her daughters grown and moved away, Sharon has opened the floodgates of her music creativity. It seemed like all the bits and pieces of life accumulated have been mixed into one bucket just for this album and this moment. With the unending love and support of her husband Ian, Sharon is having a good Australian go. Exciting times ahead.
Working with Lindsay (Waddo) Waddington has been extraordinary and rewarding as they have been good friends and colleagues for years. Now they have created an outstanding album of songs that will appeal to a broad range of discerning country music lovers.
 
People can preorder the CD - $25.00.