FOR country singer Drew McAlister, one half of McAlister Kemp, it's the feeling of creating music and performing to thousands of fans that never gets old.
"I love being able to write a song that didn't exist three hours ago, you know; you've created something and then you get to hear it on the radio," Drew said yesterday.
"Songs are king."
In just under four years, McAlister Kemp has quickly established itself as a premier duo in Australian country music, becoming giants of the genre.
They've topped the ARIA Country Charts, appeared in the ARIA Mainstream Top 20, won a Golden Guitar and have two fan-voted CMC Music Awards to their credit.
They even toured the USA last year for six weeks, with a great reception and growing following of international fans.
While speaking to Drew yesterday, it was clear the music remained number one in the duo's rise to success, which aptly reflects their latest single, Fight Me - a moving message about bullying.
"Due to the nature of that song, we've had a great response, from parents and kids," Drew said.
"I started writing it on a train; it's where I get my quiet time and I like to concentrate on my lyrics. And then I met up with Troy (the other half of McAlister Kemp), and finished it off with him. I was lucky enough to not be bullied, but finding out about what these people go through is just incredible. To know it resonates with fans is really special."
Fight Me is the third offering from their latest album Harder to Tame, which was released earlier this year.
McAlister Kemp has become a major touring act off the back of explosive live shows and catchy as well as meaningful tunes.
With only eight shows left after touring the country and overseas extensively this year, the country lads will perform in Rockhampton on November 21.
Born in Maryborough but growing up in Moree, Drew said he had fond memories of the beef capital.
"I've been up there a few times; I came up a couple of years ago and I rode my mate's bull called Pocket Rocket on a farm," he laughed.
"But our live shows are just fun. We spent a lot of years doing cover gigs in the corner of a bar, but now we get to muck around and have fun on stage, and if we get people to walk away with a smile on their face and sing along than it's worth it."
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Country duo McAlister Kemp live
WHEN: November 21, from 7pm
WHERE: The Lionleigh, Rockhampton
TICKETS: $30 - at thelionleigh.com.au
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