Original Rhinestone Cowboy, Sydney Orchestra Go Country

Glen Campbell, the original Rhinestone Cowboy, heads to Sydney in February as the Sydney Symphony goes country! For two boot-scootin’, fun-lovin’, heart-breakin’ shows at the Sydney Opera House, Glen Campbell and the Sydney Symphony pay tribute to the music that has made him one of the most successful and influential musical artists of today.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Glen Campbell is a ten-time Country Music Award winner, three-time Country Music Association Award winner and Grammy Award winner with over 70 albums to his name. Performing songs from his stellar career, Glenn Campbell's Sydney Symphony concerts will include the hits Galveston, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights and Rhinestone Cowboy. Australia’s own Golden Guitar winning artist Becky Cole also joins the show to make it a truly international showcase of country music, for young and old.

Glen Campbell first came to fame in the 1960’s, a child prodigy whose parents spotted and nurtured his talent despite being one of 12 children! Born and raised in rural Arkansas, his father bought him a five-dollar Sears & Roebuck guitar at a young age and he’d conquered the instrument by the time he was 10. At 16, Glen left school to pursue music full time. He started in a three-piece combo with his uncle, Dick Bills, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but was soon touring the Southwest fronting his own band.

In 1961, the 24-year-old musician hit the Los Angeles studio scene like a blast of fresh air. Glen quickly became a sought-after studio picker, his talents enriching records by such artists as Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and the Righteous Brothers. He joined The Beach Boys in the mid-sixties until solo career took off, becoming both a singer/songwriter and much loved TV personality. During his 45 years in show business, Glen has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Of his 75 trips up the charts, 27 landed in the Top 10. Glen's achievements also include an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, multi Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year Awards, Gospel Dove Award, profiles for VH1, CMT A&E and PBS, starring alongside John Wayne in the film “True Grit” and the best selling autobiography, “Rhinestone Cowboy”. Glen Campbell has toured extensively, though this is his first appearance with the Sydney Symphony! In what is destined to be a truly memorable event, these concerts will delight and entertain generations of music lovers, and no doubt win some more.

Joining the Sydney Symphony for the first half of this exciting show is Australian star Beccy Cole. In January Beccy Cole’s heartfelt and honest song, Poster Girl (Wrong Side of the World), swept all before it to take out a remarkable three Golden Guitars at the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia. It won her Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Artist of the Year, and has captured the imagination and hearts of fans and industry figures alike for its powerful message of compassion and peace. The hat trick of Golden Guitars was the latest in a long string of successes for Beccy, whose talents as a singer, songwriter and performer have taken her to the forefront of Australian country music. Nominated just this week for four CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, the dynamic and charming Beccy has forged a golden reputation that’s matched by her string of awards. Her most recent nominations are for Album of the Year for Live at Lizotte’s, Female Artist of the Year for her song Lifeboat, which has also been nominated for APRA Song of the Year. And along with Sara Stora and Fina Jeffreys, she’s been nominated for Vocal Collaboration of the Year for Galleries Of Pink Galahs.

The concerts will take place on 5, 6, 7 February, 2008, at 8pm, at Sydney Opera House. -- www.sydneysymphony.com

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