Sheppard

Boasting over three million listeners per month on Spotify, over 740 million streams across all platforms and a handful of Number One and Top Ten hits in countries around the world, Brisbane’s Sheppard have already achieved more than most bands could dream of in their lifetime. 

As the band, now a core three-piece of founding members and siblings George, Amy and Emma, prepare to release their third album later in the year, they’re sounding more assured and effortless than ever, building anticipation as they drip-feed their irresistible, big-hearted pop in the form of one track per month. “I think more than ever, we are really confident in our sound,” says Amy. “I think that's why these songs are going to work well as an album —you can tell that they’re Sheppard songs.”The Sheppard story begins in Papua New Guinea, where the siblings grew up listening to and making music. They never intended on forming a band, however when Amy called on George to provide harmonies for a TAFE assignment. A few hours and a whole new suite of songs later, the siblings realised they’d landed on something pretty special. 

Sheppard’s first, self-titled EP connected immediately with audiences in 2012, but nothing could have prepared them for the success of their next single,2014’s “Geronimo”. The track spent three weeks at number one in Australia, hit the top ten in a bunch of other countries, and, it’s no exaggeration to say, changed their lives forever. Crazy experiences followed the release of the song and of their 2014debut LP Bombs Away, from a slew of nominations and awards (including an ARIAs win); to touring with Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift; to appearing on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.Overcoming the immense pressure that follows a global smash, Sheppard’s second album Watching the Skydebuted at no. 1 on the ARIA charts in 2018 and collected another ARIA nomination and spawned the hit “Coming Home”.

A string of excellent singles in the past couple of years, including On My Way, Kiss My Fat Ass(Amy’s ode to body positivity), Die Youngand Phoenix(supporting Australian bushfire relief) has fans’ anticipation at an all-time high for their upcoming, as yet untitled album. “I think people might have thought we were just a gimmicky sibling band, but now, into our third album, I think people see we might be here to stay,” says Amy. “We write our own music, we’re not someone who’s just handed a song. We’ve worked hard.”

Gimmicky sibling act they most certainly are not, “We're stuck with each other and I think that's really kept us together through the hard times,” says George. “At the end of the day, we're family and we've got each other's backs.”adds Amy.