Clelia Adams started her career in music as a girl Friday/journalist for Australia's first pop magazine Go-Set in the late 60's, then into Product and Marketing for WEA Records in Sydney & London in the early 70's. A move to Tamworth, Australia's home of country music in the mid 70's saw the beginnings of a professional career as a session singer that spanned 25 years in every studio in town, up until 2000, when came a sea change to the village of Mullumbimby on the far north coast of NSW.
Clelia's national and international country music profile has gown enormously in the past 10 years, starting with the release of 'BRING IT ON" in 2001. 'HEARTBEAT HIGHWAY" came in 2005 and continued the trend of massive global airplay of her music. The album won her a TIARA (Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Awards) in 2006, and many new international fans, with this album yielding six Top 10 hits on the European charts. Her music has consistantly rated in the Top 10 on the European ( ECMA), and Australian (Countrytracks Top 30, Mildrura's 3HOT FM Top 100) country music charts.
2008 saw the release of 'WILDFLOWERS", a collection of personal favourites and originals. CM industry acknowledgements came with the induction of Clelia to the 2008 Australian Country Music Wall of Honour in Tamworth, for her services to the professional recording industry. "WILDFLOWERS" continued to receive massive global industry acclaim and recognition, with the song taking out awards throughout the year, including the 2008 Northern Territory Song Of The Year, and a double winner at the 2008 NSW Gold Medallion Awards in Tamworth for 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2008 Songwriter of the year for "Wildflowers"
July 2009 came news of Clelia's unprecedented four nomination in the 2008/2009 European Country Music Awards. Song of the Year for "Wildflowers", Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Newcomer Artist of the Year, the only Australian artist amongst internationals Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift.
Clelia was awarded one of country music's greatest honours by being inducted into the 2010 Hands of Fame in Tamworth on Jan 23rd, 2010. She continues to perform venues in the Northern Rivers and all major country music festivals around Australia.
More accolades for "Wildflowers" which is awarded the 2010 ECMA (European Country Music Association) Award for Production of the Year, a great honour for Clelia and producer Stuart French. Clelia's new album "River Valley Dreaming" will be released in October 2011.
RIVER VALLEY DREAMING with bonus CD CLELIA - THE ARCHIVES
River Valley Dreaming, Clelia's sixth studio album, is undoubtedly her finest work to date. Just like vintage Italian wine, her distinctive voice and songwriting has matured and Clelia shines in her artistry.
The album contains 14 new songs which accurately reflect the road along which this captivating entertainer has travelled to achieve international acclaim. Once again, under the guidance of her award winning producer Stuie French, Clelia has managed to come up with a stunning combination of finely-crafter originals and surprisingly different covers that she makes all her own.
Eight of the disc's 14 tracks come from Clelia's pen and cover some familiar, yet interestingly varied themes. Among the original collection is a train song, a spagetti western, a yodel, a reflection, some divine intervention, a romp around the farm. a nature walk and a love song that's more autobiographical than not.
The carefully chosen covers takes you from the streets of Tamworth during festival time to Clelia's country and rock inspirations, such as Hank Williams, Randy Travis, Jean Shephard, and right back to Italy, closing with the piece do resistance - La Paloma, sung in her native tongue.
This music has international appeal, almost as much as the fiercely independent singer-songwriter has herself.
From Clelia's humble beginnings in l975 singing on sessions at the historic Hadley Studio in Tamworth on literally hundreds of recordings, to her latest global accolade, winning the Production of the Year in the 2010 European Country Music Awards for her 2008 album, Wildflowers - its been an amazing adventure, with many a twist and turn.
There's a lot to cover in a career that spans more than three decades, and what better way to do that than offer a bonus, 18 track CD, from Clelia's extensive archives.
You will hear where it all began, with songs from the award-winning gospel album Angel Band in l985, through to Clelia's underexposed l996 release, Fine Company, with its rootsy rhythm 'n' country blues flavour. Soak up the classic country of Bring It On (2001) and TIARA winner Heartbeat Highway (2004), to the multiple award winning delights of Wildflowers, her 2008 release.
This is a true career celebration, taking the listener from her former Tamworth home to her new life on the banks of the beautiful Brunswick River on the NSW North Coast. Come celebrate the journey....do some River Valley Dreaming of your own...