In 2002 New Zealand vocalist, Camille Te Nahu and co-founder of the Golden Guitar winning band The Feral Swing Katz, Stuart “Stuie” French, teamed up to work on Camille’s self titled, solo record and saw the start of a special new collaboration that has culminated in the release of the duo’s first album together Not Without You.
They were honoured with finalist nominations in the 2006 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia with berths in Vocal Group or Duo Of The Year with their top 20 chart hit Without You and Stuie French making the final five with his own composition Ode To Roy And Chet in Instrumental Of The Year.
Camille Te Nahu was born in New Zealand and spent her childhood in the idyllic seaside town of Gisborne. At the age of eight, Camille started singing and performed in local talent quests and by the time she was eighteen years old was making appearances at the renowned Norfolk Island country music festival.
In 1999, Camille made the transition across the Pacific Ocean to settle in Sydney and upon arrival, snagged the opening spot on Kasey Chambers’ ‘The Captain Tour’ as well as singing backing vocals in Kasey’s shows in Australia and the US. By 2001, Camille was touring with other country music heavyweights including Gina Jeffreys and Rick Price whilst being one of the most in-demand session singers in the industry. She performed on Kasey Chambers’ ARIA chart-topping hit, ‘Not Pretty Enough’ and has sung backing vocals for multi-award winning artists, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole and Sara Storer.
Stuart French has been a long time member of the country music scene since he first picked up a guitar in his home town of Wynard, Tasmania at the age of 9. Siting his Dad and brother as his first major musical influences, Stuart became a full time musician and moved up to Sydney to form the infamous Feral Swing Katz with Michel Rose, becoming a regular at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and The Gympie Muster.
Stuart has played and recorded for just about everybody over the last 10 years. He toured with Troy Cassar-Daley for eight years and spent five years in Gina Jeffrey’s band whilst dabbling in his other love of producing. In 2000, Stuart started his own studio, “Swingin’ Doors”, co-producing Felicity’s New Shadow album and Camille’s self-titled album as well as other independent artists in between touring commitments.
The highlight of Stuart’s career was when he got to jam with his all-time hero Merle Haggard in 1995 and 1996 both in the US and Australian when Merle was touring. They took out a hat-trick at the 2006 TIARAs for Best Country Duo Of The Year with their first No.1 chart hit Wives Don't Like Old Girlfriends, Female Vocal of the Year with Love You Like The Earth and the Barry Thornton Memorial Instrumental Award with Ode To Roy And Chet.
Recent tours in New Zealand and Australia, release of their video clip Without You on the Country Music Channel, plus an appearance on Channel Nine’s Mornings With Kerri-Anne have seen audiences loving the live performances of the songs from Not Without You - a collection of original tracks written by Camille and Stuart as well as some well-loved classics .
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