The Cornell & Carr journey began years ago when the two came together for a songwriting session. It was during that first meeting Matt and Mike discovered a history that went 'way back'. Both Matt's musician parents (Wayne Cornell & Cheryl Assange) and Mike's musician father (Warren Carr) had all previously performed together. The bond  that day was instant and a friendship was formed.

Fast forward a few years and both Cornell & Carr joined ADAM BRAND & THE OUTLAWS with fellow country music artists Travis Collins and Drew McAlister.  The supergroup group went onto to win a CMC award for ARIA highest selling Australian artist in 2017.

It was in January 2018, that Cornell & Carr decided to do a 'one off' show together at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. This was the  catalyst for them coming together.  Many people who attended said; “it was the highlight of their festival”.  It was obvious to not only the audience but also to Cornell & Carr that this was something they wanted to pursue further.


Matt Cornell is fast becoming one of Australia’s rising country music artists.  Matt has worked as Adam Brand’s musical director for many years, for three years was a member of iconic rock band the Baby Animals, as well as a member of Richard Clapton & Shannon Noll’s bands. Matt has opened for many artists and was hand picked by Richard Marx to open  his Australian tour in 2016 and also 2018. Matt was nominated for two Golden Guitar Awards in 2018, was a 2014 CMC Music Awards New Oz Artist of the Year finalist, and was a finalist again, this time for Male Artist Of The Year at the 2017 CMC Music Awards.

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mike CARR

Mike Carr is one of Australia’s most celebrated songwriters.  He has written some of the most popular country songs over the past 2 decades that include Adam Brands “The Anzac", “Get Loud” and most recently "Milestones", McAlister Kemps “It Don’t Buy You Love” and Adam Harvey’s latest single “I’d Rather be a Highwayman”.  Mike is  a Golden Guitar winner and also a two-time ARIA winner for his hilarious alter-ego Buddy Goode.

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Images courtesy of Tania Smith Photography, David Jackson, Kat Blackwell & Lisa Carr © 2018