Born on a working deer farm in the Adelaide Hills, now living in Melbourne, Courtney Keil has worked toward her release of music for years.
Graduating from Country Music Association Australia Senior Academy of Country Music in 2016, Courtney has been mentored/trained by the best in the business including 1991 Star Maker Winner/5x Golden Guitar Winner Gina Jeffreys, Lyn Bowtell 9x Golden Guitar Winner, and Renee Grant-Williams (Keith Urban/Garth Brooks) She was the recipient of multiple awards at the 2016 Australian Songwriters Conference with Song of the Year and also took out the Pop & Country Categories.
Her debut single released in August 2020 ‘I Just Wanna Hold You’ reached #1 on the Australian iTunes Country Chart, with a high of #15 on The Music Network Country Hot 50, and was a 2020 International Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist. Courtney’s sophomore single ‘Hummingbird’ launched in February at the iconic Espy Hotel in Melbourne followed the success of her earlier release by debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and #2 AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart.
Both singles were co-written with Rod McCormack (3 x CMAA Producer of the Year), Templeton Thompson (Reba McEntire/Jo Dee Messina/Little Texas), and Sam Gay (Deric Ruttan/Little Texas/Bryan White). Courtney engaged Rod McCormack to spearhead the project and to find the sound she was searching for. Nashville’s finest musicians were on hand to play, ACM 7x Drummer of the Year Shannon Forrest (Toto/Michael McDonald), 12x ACM Guitarist of the Year, 2x CMA Musician of the Year, Grammy Winner Brent Mason, legendary Dan Dugmore (Linda Ronstadt/James Taylor), Dave Pomeroy, Tim Lauer & Rod McCormack.
Courtney had the pleasure of working with 7x Golden Guitar Winner Duncan Toombs of The Filmery for both music videos with the two clips receiving support from CMT by being added to rotation.
Early highlights for 2021 include performing the National Anthem at Saturday’s opening race of the 2021 Supercars Championship at Bathurst, with a national audience reach of 1.64 million across the day (7 Network), and Courtney was a featured guest later that day on the Gina Jeffries ‘Beautiful Tangle Tour’ at Panthers Bathurst.
Courtney Keil is about lyrical depth, emotional connection & music that speaks resilience and encourages a positive outlook to overcome difficult and challenging times, all the trademarks of a genuine artist.