Gritty. Grounded. Heartfelt. A standout performer. These are words that describe rising Australian country rock 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.
“In my opinion, Will Day is one of the most exciting young artists emerging in Australian country music today. Personally, it has been a privilege to co-write and collaborate with him on a few songs. With a great voice, songs to match and an energetic stage presence, I predict big things coming for Will and I know his name will be around for many years to come”
Country artist Troy Kemp
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. More successful singles followed including ‘The Country Life’ which reached Top 10 on Australian Country Radio.
2019 was a breakout year for Will, where he enjoyed nine straight shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival, entertaining crowds at West Diggers. Two releases followed ‘The Real World’ (co-written with Matt Scullion) which reached #1 on Australian Country Radio and summer anthem track ‘Here to Party’ which reached #23 on the major Music Network Hottest 50.
After performing to capacity filled shows at ‘Late Nights’ at West Diggers during the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival, the industry shut down when the Covid19 pandemic hit musicians hard. Despite those limitations, Will released an emotive track entitled ‘Dear Dad’ in September. 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 reached #12 on the KIX Country Hottest 20 Charts and stayed in those charts for 5 consecutive weeks with the music clip also appearing on CMT Australia.
July saw the release of Will’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Countrified’, which included a beautiful new single, ‘Simple Then’ with fellow country artist Brooke Schubert. This single was embraced by country radio and saw the song added to KIX Country (reaching #9 in the Hottest 20 Charts and staying in the charts for 5 weeks) and officially added to high rotation on ABC Country. Apple Music playlists were gained and the music clip for the song was also officially added to CMT Australia. With incredible radio support, ‘Simple Then’ reached #5 on the Music Network Countrytown Charts and stayed in those charts for 9 consecutive weeks.
Will’s album ‘Countrified’ was produced by Jared Adlam and delivers a perfect combination of high energy, foot stomping country rock tracks as well as emotive and heartfelt ballads such as ‘Rare Piece of Earth’, a track written about Day’s connection to his hometown of Goondiwindi. The album includes some impressive co-writes with the likes of fellow country artists, Troy Kemp, Col Finley, Jetty Road, Hayley Jensen and Jade Holland as well as guest vocalists, Col Finley and Troy Kemp on the ‘in your face country rock’ track ‘Bro’s’. A national tour will roll out over the next 12 months, reaching every state in Australia and will include multiple festival appearances.
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, 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, Savannah in the Round, Winton Outback Festival, Round Up for CMC Rocks (Rockhampton) and Gympie Music Muster in the Grand Final of the 2019 Talent Search.
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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