NeillyRich

NeillyRich

N E I L L Y R I C H - B I O G R A P H Y
         I N T R O D U C T I O N
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 duo is also dedicated songwriters who are
currently crafting their first-ever full length album-Due out in the final quarter of 2016. 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 no. 5 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 coming year (2016) will see NeillyRich complete their first ever studio album that will be released in the lead up to Tamworth 2017. While at the start of their journey as professional recording artists, their future looks incredibly bright and filled with opportunities to become one of the nation’s elite Country Music acts.
Watch this space!
D I S C O G R A P H Y
  • 2014– NeillyRich Self-titled Debut EP Release –Independent
SINGLE CHART POSITIONS
 Love Hate Kinda Thing
  • No. 1 on the Sunraysia Hot FM
  • No 5 on the iTunes Chart New Zealand
Sure Feels Good To Me
  • Achieved No.2 on the UK/Europe Hotdisc Top 40 Country Chart
  • Debuted at No.10 on the Country Tracks Chart
  • No.39 on the Country Tracks Top 40 of 2015
Together With You
  • Debuted at no.25 on the Country Tracks Chart

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
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