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Born on Norfolk Island, Chris Pickering is an alt.country singer, songwriter and guitarist based in Brisbane, Australia. A Safer Place is his debut long player, and follows the Hard to Find EP (released in June 2005).

An accomplished and versatile musician, Pickering plays most instruments appearing on A Safer Place, but notable guest appearances include: bass by the incomparable Helen Russell, slide guitar on Goodbye Cruel World by one David McCormack, violin by Golden Fiddle winner Jo Lack, and backing vocals by jazz singer Megan Washington.

Until June 2004, Chris drummed and sang for the Boat People.

In 2006, Mr Pickering released his next EP, Ghost City. Produced by ARIA Award-winning legend Magoo, Ghost City earned Mr Pickering a swag of rave reviews. The accolades continued in 2006 when he won his first QSong songwriting award for ‘Better Off’ (from A Safer Place LP).

Mr Pickering’s reputation as a musician on the rise was cemented in August 2007, when he secured his second QSong award for ‘The Humming Song’.

This exceptionally talented singer, multi-instrumentalist, musician and songwriter from Brisbane, showcased at SxSW in Austin TX & toured Nashville/Memphis twice in 2008.

He was also a finalist in three categories of the 2008 QSong Awards and a semi finalist in the UK Songwriting Awards.

After launching his album Excuses Excuses to a full house at the Brisbane Powerhouse, it was picked up for release throughout Australia & New Zealand by Australian record label THINK, and distributed through Fuse Music Group.

In 2009 Mr Pickering has showcased at the Folk Alliance in Memphis, Musexpo in L.A., and has been residing, writing and performing in and around Nashville since February developing his craft. He returned to Australia in September for a well received national tour, and records his forthcoming album at Ardent Studios, Memphis in November 2009, with an expected release due early 2010.[1]

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