By Judy Shields
Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) – 08/19/2022
Andrew Farriss just released his latest music video for his current single “You Are My Rock” from his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, ANDREW FARRISS — available now on the BMG/BBR Music Group label. Shot in Farriss’ native Australian outback, “You Are My Rock” is a “thank you” of sorts to the many friends, family, fans, and industry leaders who have supported his music and provided opportunities throughout his illustrious four-decade career.
“You Are My Rock,” currently impacting radio, is the closing song of Andrew Farriss’ long-awaited 12-track solo album. Over a decade in the making, Farriss’ eponymous album was inspired by horseback adventures riding across remote areas of New Mexico and Arizona (part of America’s western frontier) and features lush country and Americana instrumentation. The collection of songs brings to life stories of outlaws, freedom, cowboys, sudden death, reckless love, and respect for First Nations, and paints vivid imagery of gun-slinging bush rangers, Australian history, and Farriss’ outback home farm life in Australia, international cultural spirituality. Along with the audio experience, the vinyl is designed to provide a visual experience as well and features characters of a bird and horse that animate when played on a turntable—a sure collectible for vinyl enthusiasts.
Andrew has been in Nashville promoting his new album and doing interviews and The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to talk with him about his new album release. He was really excited to show off the actual vinyl, which is really awesome looking. You will see that in our interview.
Grab your earbuds or headphones, a beverage of choice and enjoy our conversation about music, how to make a music video, history, horseback riding and Australia’s Outback. His background is really awesome too!
We talked about the different songs on his new album and I really like the video they did for “Run Baby Run”, which included a cool locomotive, nostalgic train, a bad guy on a horse and a damsel in distress, with some really cool circus-type character. Take a look at the amazing video here and you just might see Andrew himself at the end:
The album was inspired by Andrew and Wife Marlina horseback riding and camping throughout the outback of Australia and the southwestern United States.
“It was truly awesome having the opportunity to speak with Andrew about his new album, finding out the stories about how the songs were written and putting it all together for his first solo project. This is truly an album to add to your collection of music to last your lifetime and to pass along to the younger generation so they can appreciate well written songs that tell a story. The holidays will be here before you know it, so get extra copies for the music lover in your family. Country music is lucky to have a voice like Andrews!” Judy Shields, The Hollywood Times
Here is the list of songs on the new album:
1. BOUNTY HUNTER – HUMMINGBIRD
2. COME MIDNIGHT
3. WITH THE KELLY GANG
4. WHERE DO YOU SLEEP TONIGHT
5. RUN BABY RUN
6. MY CAJUN GIRL
7. APACHE PASS
9. SON OF A GUN
10. GOOD MOMMA BAD
12. YOU ARE MY ROCK
About Andrew Farriss
Andrew Farriss, who was the creative force and co-founder of the wildly successful band INXS (who generated 50 MILLION in album sales, 10 Australian Top 10 Singles, 7 U.S. Top 10 Singles, 3 Grammy nominations, a BRIT Award for Best International Group, 5 MTV Music Video Awards, 7 ARIA Awards and elevation into the ARIA Hall of Fame.)
For 40 years, Andrew Farriss has performed music all over the globe and has written for/produced various other acts, such as Yothu Yindi, Tom Jones, Alisan Porter, Tania Kernaghan, and Jenny Morris. His personal awards include: Producer of the Year at the ARIA Music Awards for his work on Jenny Morris’s album Shiver which went triple platinum. Inducted into the Australian Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2016.
Farriss is also a credited writer of Dua Lipa’s 2020 smash hit, “Break My Heart,” which was named Song of the Summer at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and Song of the Year at the 46th People’s Choice Awards. Commercially, the song reached the top ten of charts in twenty-one countries, including a number one peak in Israel. This also included the UK Singles Chart, where the song peaked at number six. The song is certified platinum or higher in ten countries, including a double diamond in Brazil, a double platinum in Australia and a platinum in the UK. The song has been streamed over 1 BILLION times worldwide.
For more information and everything Andrew Farriss, please visit andrewfarriss.com.