Brisbane sibling super-group Sheppard are celebrating the awarding of gold sales this week by ARIA for ‘Coming Home’ with a brand new video clip, after riding high on radio across summer and knocking on the door of the ARIA top 20.
Premiering internationally on the US Today Show late last year, the single has climbed into the charts in seven different countries, hit #3 on the Australian airplay charts and is one of only half a dozen Australian tracks released in 2017 to achieve gold status here at home. To have reached that milestone completely independently is a huge feat, one that hasn’t been reached since Sheppard themself broke all records for independent singles in 2014 with their global smash ‘Geronimo’.
The new single is also reaching a whole new audience, having been unveiled as the theme to the new animated feature ‘EARLY MAN’ from the makers of Chicken Run and Wallace & Grommit. The song has also been heard across summer on the Seven network as the promotional theme for My Kitchen Rules 2018 and across America as the new promo theme for the newly revived American Idol.
‘Coming Home’ paves the way for album number two from the band, which it can be revealed today is titled “Watching The Sky” and will be hitting stores in early May. The record will also feature the singles ‘Keep Me Crazy’ and the smash Latin hit ‘Edge of the Night’ which cemented Sheppard as stars across Brazil, Chile, Spain and Mexico in late 2017.
“We can’t believe the response we’ve had for ‘Coming Home’ from both old fans and new ones. It’s great to know we’re reaching so many people with our music,” said George Sheppard. “For us as musicians though, an album is the true artistic statement, so announcing ‘Watching The Sky’ today is a really exciting step for us.”
With support slots across the US, UK and Australia in 2017 with Justin Bieber and Little Mix, a festival appearance in front of 80,000 fans at Mexico’s Corona Capital festival alongside The Foo Fighters and Green Day as well as their own headline Australian tour, Sheppard have shown they’ve got what it takes to continue their reign both as one of Australia’s premier live acts and recorded hit-makers.
2018 will see the band performing as special guests of Robbie Williams at A Day On The Green in the Yarra Valley and as part of the stellar lineup for the Adelaide 500 20th anniversary celebration. While ‘Geronimo’ might have gone platinum in 21 countries and racked up half a billion streams, ‘Coming Home’ proves that while their first single was the one to ‘make that leap’, there’s plenty more in store as Sheppard settle into Australia’s musical heart for the long term.