Tracy Coster – Golden Guitar Winner
Born in the bush and Raised on the Road…
Tracy Coster began her amazing journey back in 1979. The daughter of legendary bush balladeer Stan Coster, she was on the road performing from the age of 13 with Stan’s travelling show, and her destiny was determined.
Five nights a week for ten months a year, Tracy lived through the experiences that shaped her father’s immortal songs, and the present day Tracy Coster is a mature woman with a wealth of music, recording, stagecraft and memories to take her into the new millennium.
As a performer, she possesses a warmth and distinctive quality shaped by the endless road, and as a songwriter, she displays unique qualities. Tracy’s music is a rare product born of experience. Through all those years of touring, Tracy developed an intimate knowledge of this country and it’s people, and it became a major factor in her inspiration to write. If you listen closely to her songs, and the rich, husky voice you will feel the absolute sincerity of this woman and find yourself empathising with her sorrows and rejoicing in her triumphs.
Her touring and performing credentials are impressive. Tracy has shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest, i.e. Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Anne Kirkpatrick, Gina Jefferies, Beccy Cole, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey and the list goes on. She has performed at festivals from Tamworth to Gympie; from Darwin to Nashville Tennessee.
Tracy’s recording career harks back to 1985 when she released her debut single Why Do I Feel Like Crying which earned her a Golden Guitar finalist berth. Through three subsequent albums, Tracy defined a career path which led to her acclaimed contemporary release Play the Game in 1993 which saw the single Someone grabbing another finalist berth in the 1994 Australian Country Music Awards.
2004 saw the release of her 4th cd “Bush Baby, landing her a top 10 hit and yet another nomination at the Golden Guitar Awards.
Her long career is filled with awards and accolades, particularly following the remarkable success of her last album,” Coster Country” Top of the list is her Golden Guitar win in 2005 in Vocal Collaboration with Anne Kirkpatrick for Back To The Saltbush Plains.
And the list goes on. Her whirlwind successes also include Album of the Year and Heritage Track of the Year at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, and Album of the Year and Comedy Song of the Year at the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards.
With the release of her new album ‘Moving On’, Tracy has heralded a new phase in her 30 year musical journey. And has scored a finalist berth in the 2010 Golden Guitar Awards. Her musical itinerary still takes in those wonderful qualities of Australia, but puts her personally in a new place.
It’s a return to her own music – what she’s learned and where she’s heading – a bit wiser, and certainly more aware of things she’s previously taken for granted. It’s actually a two tiered process – Tracy’s personal movement, but not losing the heritage that has always been so important.
Tracy is an Australian storyteller, and this new album reveals a fresh appreciation of the Australia that she travelled through for so many years. Tracy knows first hand the joys and hardships of life on the road. Seventeen years of touring with her father non stop – we’re talking right through the centre; all through the outback; mining towns; missions; pubs; clubs; schools, you name it they played it. Towing caravans, changing tyres, loading in and setting up equipment were just some of her job descriptions
Now with 30 years as a consummate performer and recording artist, Tracy Coster proudly celebrates her place as one of the first ladies of Australian country music
- Finalist CMAA Country Music Awards Of Australia- Bush Ballad of the Year “Not 40” Film Clip released to The Country Music Channel
- Launched her sixth album “Moving On” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival
- First Single, “Way Back Then” is a Top Ten Hit on the Country Charts
- Finalist in the Southern Stars, Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Heritage Track of the Year
- Finalist CMAA Country Music Awards Of Australia – Vocal Collaboration Of The Year (with Anita Ree)
- Finalist Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Duo/Collaboration (with Dean Perrett)
- Top 10 Finalist Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards for Best Bush Ballad
- Finalist Australian Independent Country Music Awards Heritage Track Of The Year
- Finalist TAS & NZ Independent Album Awards “Coster Country
- Finalist TAS & NZ Independent EP Awards “I Don’t Want To Talk About Rain”
- Released Top 20 single “I Don’t Want To Talk About Rain”
- Finalist ACMLA Peoples Choice Awards for Bush Ballad Of The Year
- Named CMAA Golden Guitar Awards Vocal Collaboration Of The Year (with Anne Kirkpatrick)
- Named Southern Stars, Australian Independent Country Music Awards Album Of The Year
- Named NSW Golden Medallion Awards Female Vocalist Of The Year
- Named Stan Coster Bush Ballad Awards Album Of The Year ‘Coster Country’
- Named Stan Coster Bush Ballad Awards Comedy Song Of The Stan Coster ‘Loaded Dog’
- Finalist in the CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards Independent Entertainer Of The Year
- Top 10 single ‘Back To The Saltbush Plains’ (duet with Anne Kirkpatrick)
- Top 15 single ‘Won’t Those Memories Let Me Be’ – filmclip released
- Released “Coster Country” (distributed ACMEC Records)
- Named Australian Independent Country Music Award Heritage Track of the Year “Bush Barbeque”
- Released book “Traveling My Own Track” on the life of her father Stan Coster, whom passed away in 1997
- Named A.C.M.L.A. Peoples Choice Awards Best Bush Ballad
- Released first bush ballad album “Bush Baby”
- Top 10 single ‘Old Tin Roof’
- Inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth (youngest ever at the time to be honoured)
- CMAA Golden Guitar Finalist for Female Vocalist Of The Year with the track ‘Someone’
- Released album “Play the Game” after a lengthy tour with the Slim Dusty Show
- Single ‘Someone’ hit the charts
- Released album “The Girl in the Band”
- Two Top 10 hit singles – self penned ‘City Sidewalks’ and the classic ‘Don’t say Goodbye’
- Released single ‘Another Blue Night’
- Released debut album “From the Heart”
- CMAA Golden Guitar Awards Finalist in Female Vocalist of the Year for first single ‘Why Do I Feel Like Crying’