Singer does it all her own way

MOVE over Keith Urban.

Penrith singer/songwriter Nicki Gillis is making waves in the UK Country Chart.

Gillis, who began her career with numerous Perth-based bands, embarked on her sixth tour of Britain last Friday for a show in Northhampton, England.

She will sing original material as well as songs from her fifth album Woman of Substance.

Her star-studded European success started after she won the prestigious Frank Ifield International Spur Award and a No.1 hit in the UK HotDisc Chart with the song Be A Star.

She said her aim has been to make her name in Europe.

"The audiences there have been really receptive so that has been where my focus has been," she said.

From age six, Gillis has developed her talents as an entertainer through choirs, rock, country rock party bands, corporate bands and cabaret.

But it wasn't until she was 26 that she was brave enough to record and release her own material.

She now sings in the country/rock, blues and contemporary genres.

Her latest releases include the EP, Always On My Mind, and the third single from the EP I'll Go My Own Way which stayed at No.2 in the UK Country Chart for four weeks.

"I am a mother of two and most of my songs reflect what is happening in my life — like the song Honey I Don't Have Time which is about trying to juggle a full-time career and life," she said. "Some of the songs are fun like Be A Star which is about advice given to me throughout my life."

Gillis joined forces with her manager Tracy Dann and started Lockhouse Productions and needs producers for When Aussies Ruled Britannia.

Gillis said she needed sponsors to get the show up and running.

- When Aussies Ruled Britannia — Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, January, 2014.

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