"Heartbeat Highway" was recorded in Oct. 2004 in Sydney, Australia, with two of the Feral Swing Katz legends Stuart French (Producer, guitarist and backing vocalist) along with Michel Rose on pedal steel and dobro. The Ferals are Australia's premier western swing band. James Gillard on bass from another legendary Australian band The Flood, Garry Steele on Piano and Accordian with Rudy Miranda/Joel Davis on drum details. Spectacular backing vocals by Camille Te Nahu, Kate McCarthy and Doug Rowe.
The song selection for "Heartbeat Highway" came directly from the "live performance" favourites. A very strong roots country, rockabilly retro dance theme runs throughout the music, which again spans many decades and styles in country music.There's even a couple of yodelling favourites. A self confessed "60's kid",Clelia's retro mix of songs is evocative and engaging, impeccably played by Australia's finest musicians, and true to the spirit of their genre. A fun album, a party album, a learn to dance album with all songs road tested on every dancefloor in the Northern Rivers, (Byron Bay, Australia).
Australian and International Reviews for "HEARTBEAT HIGHWAY" very impressive:
(full reviews: www.cleliaadams.com)
"The heart stopper this month comes from Australia with a very simple album of pure country music. One of the best albums of true country music for this year." Jacques Dufour, Country Web Bulletin, June 2005
"If this CD doesn't leave you warm and happy, you'd be strongly advised to book an appointment with your friendly GP, because, man you've got problems." Burt Everett, Bundaberg Guardian, (Aus) June 2005
"It was almost as if her previous album "Bring It On" was an instruction, for Clelia has certainly bought it on country style for her latest release. The eleven superb performances span the generations, with 3 bonus tracks for rock and roll fans. ALBUM OF THE WEEK" Pete Smith, The Advertiser, UK, 16 May, 2005
The world continues to embrace Clelia's pure roots country style. Two tracks from "HEARTBEAT HIGHWAY" made their mark on global charts in 2005 with "Back In Baby's Arms" reaching Top 10 on the European ECMA chart in August, while "Talk Of The Town" reached Top 15 on the Australian Countrytrax chart the same month.
Clelia took out the prestigious TIARA (Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Award),for the self penned title track "Heartbeat Highway" at the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival. This award was the "icing on the cake" for Clelia after a huge year of national tours performing at Australia's major festivals.
"HEARTBEAT HIGHWAY" gave Clelia her highest ranking on the European charts yet, reaching #4 on the ECMA chart (March 28, 2006), on Hillcrest 28, track 5.
The song is still charting in Australia (NFS 103, track 10, and is currently on the Australian Countrytracks Top 30 chart at # 15 (1 July, 2006).
Clelia was also been nominated in the first round of artists for the FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR and ARTIST OF THE YEAR in the ECMA Awards (European CM Awards) for 2006, alongside musical heroines Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson and other top global artists. As an Italian born Australian, this news is extremely gratifying for her.
Her latest release from the 'HEARTBEAT HIGHWAY" album is the classic Hank Williams tune 'SETTIN THE WOODS ON FIRE",
coming to European radio on Hillcrest 31.