Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Returning to Country Roots

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Returning to Country Roots

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

THERE was never any doubt in Judah Kelly's mind that his next album after The Voice would be a country album.

Straight after winning the reality singing show's title last year, Kelly released his winner's album which peaked at No.3 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

But the 21-year-old considers his upcoming album Real Good Time, out next Friday, October 5, to be his true debut release.

"The first album was The Voice winner dude doing The Voice winner's album, but this one is more me making my first album," he says.

"We had a lot more time as well.

"The first album from beginning to end took 10 days, whereas this time I started in November (last year) looking for songs and we recorded through May.

"We just took our time and obviously that gave the songs a chance to breathe a bit more."

Kelly and producer Matt Fell, who also produced Count On Me, put the call out to country songwriters all over the world.

"I'm not really fussed on where the songs come from or if I write them or not. I just want good songs," he says.

"I just sat and waited until something hit me.

"Everything I got on an emotional level. It wasn't just 'This sounds good and it will sell a lot'.

"It was all songs that had some sort of meaning behind them.

"(The title track) Real Good Time is definitely one of my favourites.

"To me. it's not about going out and partying all the time but what we want to do.

"The goal is to have a real good time playing music and going out and meeting people."

The album blends country ballads with touches of rock, blues and soul.

"I call it a country album," Kelly says.

"Country music is where I want to be.

"I'm definitely a country singer but growing up, I listened to a lot of Motown and Stevie Wonder and that kind of stuff influences the way I sing and play music, too."

Kelly is the most successful Voice artist since inaugural winner Karise Eden.

But life as a solo artist after the reality show has been tricky to navigate. …

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