NeillyRich “Our Passion for Country Music is very pure. We have both been influenced by legends of the genre like Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn, but we try to bring our own modern flavor to the delivery.” – Amelia Richards
NeillyRich are an exciting Country Music duo from Sydney, Australia. They bring a youthful and energetic style through their brand of music, all the time paying homage to the greats of Country who came before them. The group is comprised of two CMAA Academy of Country Music Graduates in Amelia Richards and Matthew McNeilly. They draw on inspiration from acts such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley etc. Matthew hails from Blenheim in New Zealand. He plays drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitar. Amelia who was born in the birthplace of the Great Slim Dusty – Kempsey NSW – plays Guitar and Mandolin. Amelia has completed her Bachelor of Music Degree and has started her Masters.
“When we met we were both content being solo acts, but after we played together for the first time we simply couldn’t turn back. The chemistry and music was just awesome.” – Matthew McNeilly
After forming officially in 2012 NeillyRich has achieved some significant milestones in a very short space of time. Such accomplishments include supporting McAlisterKemp, recording their debut EP, appearing on major festivals in New Zealand and Australia. The momentum continued in 2014 with the act voted the Most Popular Independent Country Music Duo at The Independent Country Music Awards in Tamworth and nominated for Top Group or Duo at the NZ National Country Music Awards.