Gritty. Grounded. Heartfelt. A standout performer. These are words that describe rising Australian country singer-songwriter, Will Day. Surviving a decade as a full-time country artist, providing for his family by performing up to 250 gigs each year, is an achievement that Will Day is proud of. Growing up in the small rural town of Goondiwindi and sewing his musical roots there has instilled a humble, dedicated work ethic and one that is destined to continue throughout his musical career.
Australia’s eastern seaboard has hosted the now Brisbane-based artist for much of the last few years as his star continues to rise in the country music scene. This modern-day performer has enjoyed an exciting start to his career and has achieved a swag of impressive milestones. His talent and hard worth ethic have led him to tour extensively with country artist Col Finley.
“I rate Will Day as one of Australia’s most energetic live shows in today’s music industry. He is going to really stamp his mark on this industry with his honest, edgy and just down home country”
Country artist Col Finley
Will grew up listening to some of the great musical influences of our time on family road trips where his parents would play the likes of James Taylor, The Eagles, Paul Kelly and Cat Stevens. Will fondly recalls ‘Father and Son’ as the first song he performed in public when he was 14 in a local talent quest. A pivotal turning point was discovering Keith Urban in his teenage years and it was then that Will decided that country music was where he needed to be. Other country influences followed including Allan Jackson and Garth Brooks before discovering the rich depth of talent we have here in Australia, artists such as Travis Collins. It’s from these artists, Will made country music his own.
Will’s early career offered releases such as Seasons, the award winning first single off his debut EP released late 2016, which enjoyed time in the Top 10 on the iTunes chart.
The tide was turning in 2017 where Will toured internationally to New Zealand. This was followed by headlining the Goondiwindi B n S with record crowds and was a finalist in three categories for the Independent Country Music Association Awards for which he won the fan voted ‘Most Popular EP’. That same year also saw Will win the Male Rising Star Award at the Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards in Mildura, Victoria.
The success continued and in October 2017, Will released his single ‘The Country Life’, which reached Top 10 on Australian Country Radio.
Will has been described by peers in the country music industry as one of the hardest working artists they know. 2018 alone saw him travel some 50,000kms touring regional NSW, ACT along with North and Central QLD. A definite crowd favourite can be put down to his vibrant, energetic stage presence and willingness to give it his all every time he hits the stage. He has opened for the likes of Morgan Evans, Shannon Noll, Icehouse, Diesel, The Whitlams, Hoodoo Gurus, The Baby Animals, The Black Sorrows, Kingswood, Col Finley and The Viper Creek Band while also appearing at some of Australia’s most popular country music festivals, including Tamworth Country Music Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival and Gympie Music Muster in the Grand Final of the 2019 Talent Search.
2019 was a breakout year for Will, where he enjoyed nine straight shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival, entertaining crowds at West Diggers. In March, he released his next single ‘The Real World’ (co-written with Matt Scullion) which reached number 1 on Australian Country Radio. Will then went on to release the summer anthem track ‘Here to Party’ in October which reached #23 on the major Music Network Country Charts.
Will commenced 2020 with a bang performing to capacity filled shows at ‘Late Nights’ at West Diggers at Tamworth Country Music Festival along with a full media schedule before touring suddenly shut down when the Covid19 pandemic hit musicians hard.
When the industry slowly started to recover in September, Will released an emotive track entitled ‘Dear Dad’. Holding such special meaning to Will and his family, this track (co-written with fellow country artist Hayley Jensen) was a tribute to his late father who tragically passed away from brain cancer in 2007 when Will was just 18. The track debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and #7 on the iTunes All Genres Chart.
Fast forward to 2021, which is proving to be a career defining year for Will, releasing the supercharged single ‘Countrified’ in April which was instantly added to full rotation on iHeartCountry and KIX Country. The track also reached #12 on the KIX Country Hottest 20 Charts staying in those charts for 5 consecutive weeks and the music clip appeared on CMT Australia. Will performed to full capacity crowds at ‘Round Up’ by CMC Rocks in Rockhampton as part of Beef Week and landed a wardrobe sponsorship with high profile clothing brand Ringers Western.
Will released his debut album ‘Countrified’ in July, which includes a beautiful new ballad, ‘Simple Then’ with fellow country artist Brooke Schubert that will be the single and will coincide with the album release. The album contains a mixture of high energy tracks that Will is so well known for, along with heartwarming ballads such as ‘Rare Piece of Earth’ about growing up in his hometown of Goondiwindi. After a Brisbane album launch and a hometown launch in Goondiwindi, a massive national tour will roll out from August, reaching every state in Australia and will include multiple festival appearances.
In recent years, Will has been steadily building a solid, loyal fan base. With a genuine gift of storytelling, combined with compelling vocals and the ability to connect with a crowd, Will Day is fast becoming one of Australia’s premier rising artists and one that will undoubtedly be around for many years to come.
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