Sheppard is a Brisbane-based indie-pop band. Originally formed in 2009 as a duo consisting of siblings Amy and George Sheppard, they expanded by adding Jay Bovino in April 2011 before reaching their current six-member state, including the third Sheppard sibling Emma. They have released two singles to date and one extended play under their own label entitled Empire of Song. Their second single “Geronimo” spent three weeks at number one, knocking Pharrell Williams’ single “Happy” from the top spot after its 12-week run. “Geronimo” was accredited platinum by ARIA in April 2014. “Geronimo” is the first #1 single to be recorded in Brisbane.
In March 2014, Sheppard became the first Australian band to sign a contract with Decca Records; within Australia, however, the band’s material will continue to be released under Empire of Song/Chugg Music.
Sheppard performed at the 2013 ARIA Awards ceremony, and were nominated for an ARIA Award at that ceremony in the category of Best Independent Release. They also played at the Sonic Bang festival in Bangkok on 24 August 2013, sharing the line-up with Placebo, Pitbull, Far East Movement, Jason Mraz, and Owl City.
Sheppard also performed at Sullivan Hall in New York City on 18 October 2013 for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon showcases. Sheppard opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead in Sydney’s Metro Theatre (15 April 2014) and Melbourne’s Prince of Wales Ballroom (16 April 2014). The band were also the main support act for Australian dates on Keith Urban’s Light the Fuse Tour in June.
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