Kerser and Travis Collins score ARIA nominations


Two of Macarthur’s most successful musicians have been nominated in Australia’s most famous music awards.

Campbelltown-bred rapper Kerser and Macquarie Fields-born country singer Travis Collins were both nominated for ARIA awards this morning.

Kerser received a nod for Best Urban Album, while Collins was nominated for Best Country Album.

Kerser’s album, Engraved in the Game, was released late last year.

The rapped told the Advertiser last year his seventh album was extra special because it included a personal announcement.

“I announced on one track that my partner and I had a baby girl, Diamond,” he said.

“We’ve had lots of nice comments about that.

“Diamond will either love it or be really embarrassed about it when she grows up.”

Kerser said the album was a mixture of looking at his life now and reminiscing about his teenage years in Campbelltown and at Robert Townson High School.

He is up against 360, Esoterik and Hilltop Hoods for the ARIA.

Travis Collins.

Travis Collins.

Collins’ nomination comes for his sixth album, Brave and the Broken.

He told the Advertiser in August the album was inspired by some very special people.

“As I wrote this record, something that was naturally coming through a lot was me paying tribute and homage to volunteers,” he said. 

“There’s a lot of stuff that comes through on this record about country people, and people in general, who want to help one another.

“No matter where you go, there’s always a good mix of the brave and the broken.

“It’s all about hoping that we all leave a little more brave than we are broken.”

Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont, Fanny Lumsden, Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples, and The Wolfe Brothers have also been nominated in Collins’ category.

The 2018 ARIA Awards will be held at The Star on November 28 and broadcast on the Nine Network.

Top Aussie artists like Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, Courtney Barnett, Peking Duk, Dan Sultan and Five Seconds of Summer are just some of the multitude of talented musicians vying for awards.

The show will be hosted by Keith Urban.