A Highlands musician has critics and country music fans singing his praises with his latest release.
Steve Cheers’ modern Australian country album The Measure of a Man, which was released in October, has achieved success locally, nationally and globally in the past few months.
Last week the first single, A Glass Half Full, sat at number 28 on the Country Tracks top 40 chart in Australia, and number 28 on the Hot Disc UK and Europe chart.
This week the song is still going strong, sitting at number 32 on the Australian charts and number 28 on the UK and European charts.
The single, which is about looking on the positive side of life, shows off Cheers’ abilities as a songwriter.
“I’ve grown into storytelling. I like it and it suits me,” Cheers said.
“I prefer to write from experience and observations.”
The album also received a glowing review in Australia’s longest-running country music magazine Capital News.
Cheers was complimented in the review for his style of modern Australian country music.
“The most important aspect of this album that makes you loathe to reject it from the CD player is that it is unashamedly Australian country,” the reviewer said.
The music video for A Glass Half Full has been played nationally on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel, has been watched more than 2000 times on YouTube and has been shared widely on social media.
While the country music industry had a heavy American influence, Cheers said he preferred to stay within the realms of Australian country music.
“I’m trying to create music that’s modern Australian country,” Cheers said.
“If we can step out of the shadows of American [country music], I think people will embrace that.”
In the new year, Cheers will release and film a music video for his second single Best Part of the World.
The video will be filmed across several locations in Australia and overseas.
He will also play several Highlands and Sydney shows.
To stay up to date with tour dates, like Steve Cheers Music on Facebook.
- Steve Cheers’ The Measure of a Man can be purchased at Powerpoint Music Centre which is located at 409 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.