McClymont sisters back in Lismore
THREE sisters from Grafton have taken Australia by storm.
They’ve conquered the Country Music Awards of Australia, had four number one singles and released their second album in January.
Not bad for Brooke, Samantha and Mollie McClymont who grew up dreaming of taking their music to the world.
They began travelling around the North Coast, as well as around the country, when they were teenagers. Trying their luck on talent shows, they weren’t always certain they would make it big.
“I’d laugh and say ‘we’ll see’,” says eldest sister Brooke.
Lismore gets a chance to see how far the McClymont sisters have come this Saturday at the Lismore Workers Club.
These days, The McClymonts are key players in the Australian country music scene, winning CMAA Golden Guitars for group of the year, three years in a row and hitting the top of the charts.
Among career milestones is the success of their single, Finally Over Blue, taking the top position from The Eagles.
“We were so excited but no one mentioned The Eagles were number one for 16 weeks before us,” says Brooke.
“We only went number one for a week but we were still proud.”
They thank each other for their success.
“We all, from the very beginning, had the same views on what we want from our careers.
“Being sisters helps so much because we’re in it together,” Brooke explains.
Brooke worked with many musicians during her solo career, including writing for Olivia Newton-John and supporting Troy Cassar-Daley and Ronan Keating, but playing with her sisters trumps all that.
“We enjoy all of our wonderful moments together, as well as the not so good,” she says.
“It’s very grounding and also nice to know we’ve got each other always.”
The three-piece group is happy with the second album, Wrapped Up Good, recorded in Nashville. Producer, Adam Anders, from their previous album, and Nathan Chapman, producer of American country songstress Taylor Swift, achieved the sound the girls were after.
“They really listened to us and understood what we wanted, as well as making our songs come to life,” Brooke says.
On the road for some intensive touring Brooke says, ‘meeting the fans really makes all the hard work and the time we are away worth it’.
The McClymonts are excited to come back to a community that has supported them in the past.
“We love coming back to the North Coast,” Brooke tells Pulse.
“Being Grafton girls, we were always coming to Lismore when we were younger for talent quests, to be so close to home, it’s really great.”