Multi-instrumentalists and talented duo, NeillyRich, have signed a licensing deal for their 2018 release with independent record label, Social Family Records, also taking over distribution of their current EP, Here Now Forever. They’re the latest to join a burgeoning roster of artists, which includes 2018 Golden Guitar finalists, Gretta Ziller and songwriting legend, Matt Scullion, multi award-winning, Jetty Road, as well as Jason Owen, Andrew Swift, Hayley Jensen, The Buckleys, and Kristy James.
“Matt and I are thrilled to get this opportunity. As a young artist you dream of securing a record deal. After releasing our last record on a distribution deal, we are over the moon that we now have the full support of a label behind us to help raise the bar. Now we just need to get writing and create some killer songs for the next release!” – Amelia Richards, NeillyRich
It was 2012 when two paths converged and New Zealand born Matthew McNeilly met Kempsey girl, Amelia Richards in Tamworth. Their musical passions aligned at the CMAA Academy, resulting in the formation of the contemporary country music duo NeillyRich.
With diverse musical inspirations from Lyall Lovett through to Keith Urban, Matthew and Amelia, both dedicated songwriters, combine to form a unique flavour of country music grounded in tradition, but embracing a polished, modern, Nashville-styled sound. Hailing from the birthplace of the iconic Slim Dusty, Amelia has always had a focused approach to storytelling through music in the vein of some of the pioneers of the Australian industry.
To Matt and Amelia, authenticity and musicianship are the most important facets of their performance. They practice tirelessly and are always aspiring to be better at what they do. Both can carry a song on lead vocals with ease, but it is the long-studied harmonies that make this duo a stand out. As well as singing the duo play a range of instruments. Amelia plays rhythm guitar and mandolin, while Matt is often referred to as a “gun” guitar player from fans who witness his prowess. He also plays drums, bass and harmonica to round out this act’s almost-complete musical range. Their capabilities as musicians have already been acknowledged by Tomkins Guitars who offered the pair endorsement in 2015.
Since then, the partnership between these two emerging artists has resulted in the release of numerous singles and their 7-track EP, Here Now Forever, which reached number four on both the ARIA Australian Country Album Chart as well as the iTunes Australian Country Album Chart.