Music artists in Australia have combined to issue a 13-track digital CD to raise money for victims of the Queensland floods.

All money raised will go towards the Floor Relief Appeal to help the thousands who have been affected by these unprecedented floods.

Country Music Supports Flood Victims is a digital CD being exclusively released through Bigpond Music to help raise funds for Queensland flood victims.

The proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. ABC Music’s current local and international county musicians, including Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer, Catherine Britt, Jasmine Rae, Steve Forde, McAlister Kemp, Peter McWhirter, Shea Fisher, Warren H Williams, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Dean Brody and Corey Colum have donated a track for inclusion for this digital compilation which will retail at $10.

"ABC Music wishes to thank the artists, publishers, managers, Debaser, Universal Music, Bigpond Music and everyone else who has donated their talent, time and expertise for the production and promotion of this unique digital CD."

Tracks include:

1. Spirit Of The Bush by Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand & Steve Forde,

2. Children Of The Gurindji by Sara Storer (featuring Kev Carmody)

3. Country Singer by Jasmine Rae

4. All Kinds Of Tough by McAlister Kemp

5. Sleepy Town by Catherine Britt

6. From Here by Doc Walker

7. Hummby Peter McWhirter

8. Something Beautiful by Steve Forde

9. Family by Warren H Williams

10. That Was Us by Emerson Drive

11. West Australian Woman by Corey Colum

12. Roll That Barrel Out by Dean Brody

13. Cowgirl In My Jeans by Shea Fisher

You can purchase this CD here: Download here!

Now we know why Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were glowing a little more than usual at last night’s 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards — they were about to let us in on a very happy secret!

Keith and Nicole and their two-year old daughter Sunday Rose, today announced a new addition to their family, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. Born through a gestational carrier at Nashville’s Centennial Womens Hospital on December 28, 2010, Faith Margaret is Urban and Kidman’s biological daughter.

The proud parents issued the following statement: “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret. No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”

Congrats to Keith and Nicole!

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If you are interested in listening to live Country Music, Line Dancing and Rock n Roll why not try the Stamford Hotel Rowville in Melbourne EVERY Sunday. Music starts at 2.00pm and finishes around 5.00pm. Entry fee is $5.00 per person, children under 12 are free. Doors to Flanagans open at 1.00pm. Bands booked up to and including 19th December 2010 with Doug Bruce and the Tailgators this Sunday, 21st November 2010. We need lots of folks to attend so that we can keep this venue alive with Country Music into 2011. Go to and click on "shows" for full list of Bands or go to facebook. Bring your friends...hope to see you there...Susie .

Aussie superstar Keith Urban releases his sixth studio album.

Get Closer is the follow up to Defying Gravity and Love, Pain and The Whole Crazy Thing.

Urban says "For me the title is multi-faceted.. because my instincts have always been to run from the things that are good for me, to run from love. I have always run from intimacy, and marriage has been a real awakening for me in looking at that very differently. That's what the title refers to."

With his usual guitars lost in the Nashville floods, Urban was forced to use new guitars on this project, a situation that according to him, turned into a real blessing; "It got me out of my comfort zone, and I was really focused on making music, and not what we were making it with."

Album tracklisting:

1. 'Put You In A Song'

2. 'You Gonna Fly'

3. 'All For You'

4. 'Long Hot Summer'

5. 'Without You'

6. 'Georgia Woods'

7. 'Right On Back To You'

8. 'Shut Out The Lights'

9. 'Big Promises'

10. 'The Luxury Of Knowing'

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AUSTRALIAN country music star Lee Kernaghan has turned to the cyber realm to help him tap into the spirit of the bush.

The 46-year-old multi-award-winning singer songwriter said he often logged on to social networking websites to connect with the real stories of regional Australians and country music fans.

“I spend a lot of time on Facebook,” Kernaghan said.

“It has been somewhat of a revolution in terms of being able to have one-on-one contact with the people that are out there coming to the shows and buying my music.

“It’s been a really good way of finding out how people are feeling and what’s going on and responding.”

Kernaghan, who will perform at Doncaster’s Hotel Shoppingtown on November 19, said social networking, combined with mingling with fans at shows and picking up a local newspaper, helped keep his songs reflective of the times.

And in country music, where fans can smell a fake from a mile off, Kernaghan said truth and sincerity was the cornerstone to success.

“I think people that are into country music, that’s what they expect and that’s what they want,” Kernaghan said.

“It’s about real life, it’s about real people and it’s real music, it’s not computer generated.”

As for his own story of growing up in the bush, Kernaghan - who was born in the northern Victorian town of Corryong - said he had paid his dues for 10 years, playing in the local pubs and clubs of nearby towns.

“I reckon that 10 years of slogging it out in the pubs helped me make a better album when I made my first record,” Kernaghan said.

” I think you connect with your audience a lot better because you’ve lived life, you’ve had a few good kicks up the arse and you know a little bit more about what life is all about.”

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