Kasey Chambers at the ARIAs
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Kasey Chambers at the ARIAs

May 5, 2020

Over two decades, Kasey Chambers has provided the ARIAs with some of their most memorable moments.

For more than two decades, Kasey Chambers has been one of Australian music’s most successful artists. While staying true to her country roots, she has found considerable mainstream success.

Chambers started her musical career as a member of the Dead Ringer Band, a group that also included her mother, father and brother. Her first appearance at the ARIA Awards came in 1996 when the quartet won Best Country Album for Home Fires.

Becoming a solo artist in 1998, Chambers released her debut album, The Captain in 1999. Peaking at #11 on the ARIA Charts, the album earned Chambers the first of her of her nine Best Country Album ARIAs.

In 2000, The Captain’s title track won Chambers her first Best Female Artist award. She also performed the song ‘I Still Pray’ as a duet with Paul Kelly.

Chambers was joined by Keith Urban for a version of ‘Not Pretty Enough’ at the 2001 ARIAs. That song became Chambers’ first solo entry in the ARIA Top 50 in January 2002. It would go on to spend four weeks at #1 in March/April of that year.

Released in late 2001, Chambers’ second solo album Barricades & Brickwalls became her first #1 when it hit the top spot in February/March 2002. At the 2002 ARIAs, Kasey Chambers was nominated for seven awards, taking out three: Best Country Album, Best Female Artist and, most prestigiously, Album Of The Year. Her Album Of The Year win for Barricades & Brickwalls was a surprise to many, including the artist herself.

2002’s event found Chambers teaming up with John Butler for a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colours’. The single was released as the theme song for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. It peaked at #4 on the ARIA Singles Chart.


Releasing the album Wayward Angel in 2004, Chambers scored her second #1 album on the ARIA Charts. From its four ARIA Awards nominations, the album went home with Best Country Album and Best Female Artist. Chambers also performed the track ‘Pony’ – a Top Ten hit.

Chambers would next experience ARIAs success in 2008 when her album with Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones, took out Best Country Album. The first of the pair’s two albums together, it debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in April 2008.

Releasing the solo album Little Bird in 2010, Chambers would take out Best Country Album for it in 2011. Wreck & Ruin, her second collaboration with Nicholson, would win the award in 2013.
Bittersweet came next. A #2 hit, that album picked Chambers up her seventh Best Country Album at the 2014 ARIAs.
Chambers returned to #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2017 when Dragonfly hit the top spot, becoming her sixth album to do so. At the ARIAs ceremony later that year, the album was nominated for Best Female Artist and Best Country Album, taking out the latter.
The 2018 ARIA Awards saw Chambers not only winning her ninth Best Country Album award – this time for Campfire with The Fireside Disciples – she was also inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.


Amy Sheppard, Kate Miller-Heidke & Missy Higgins paid tribute to Chambers with a version of ‘Not Pretty Enough’ before Chambers created one of the night’s best moments with her performance of ‘Ain’t No Little Girl’.