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Drew McAlister



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Born in Narrabri and raised in Moree in country New South Wales, Drew McAlister grew up listening to Bryan Adams, Noiseworks and Slim Dusty and started singing at age 7. One of four children, after finishing school at the age of 18, Drew decided to take his music ability seriously and left the country for the dazzling lights of Sydney. He immediately picked up session work for major brand television and radio jingles. During the next few of years, Drew continued to write his songs, performed in many different bands and appeared on The Midday Show and Hey Hey Its Saturday numerous times. Drew then toured Australia with the production of Jesus Christ Superstar, before eventually landing a recording deal with EMI.

After several years of writing and performing in the R&B/pop style, Drew parted ways with the label knowing in his heart that this was not his direction and that he was more at ease with Contemporary Country. Drew resumed session work and in 1998 signed a worldwide publishing deal with EMI with over 140 songs in his catalogue.

For the next 2 years he visited the US four times collaborating with many different songwriters, but it was a trip to Nashville that finally made sense for Drew. Collaborating with Heather Field (Tina Arena/Tania Kernaghan/Troy Cassar-Daley), Drew spent a few weeks writing and immersing himself in the Nashville scene. Coming home, Drew started to write the songs that had been inside him just waiting to get out.

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