The family affair known as Sheppard have been taking Australia's airwaves by storm over the last six months with the release of their mega single “Geronimo.” Now, the band is looking to break the song in the US, and what better place to do that than with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show.
Formed in Brisbane in 2009, siblings George and Amy Sheppard started the band when Amy overheard George singing and proposed a collaboration. Taking on their younger sister Emma on bass and fellow musicians Jay Bovino (guitar), Michael Butler (guitar), and Dean Gordon (drums), the band began to write and record what would eventually become their debut, self-titled EP. With upbeat, feel-good songs like “Let Me Down Easy” and “Hold My Tongue,” the band began to win over listeners, and Sheppard became a platinum selling EP in Australia.
However, Sheppard really broke out in 2014 with the debut of their single “Geronimo.” The first single from their debut full length, Bombs Away, the song takes the band in a new direction, one that is perhaps a little less sunny and a little more inspirational. The rest of the album is more pop-influenced indie-rock. George and Amy harmonize well together on songs like “The Best Is Yet To Come” and “Let Me Down Easy.” The two of them trade off lead vocals perfectly, each song clearly belonging to one or the other's vocal intonations (a product of the way they write songs).
“Geronimo” catapulted the band onto radio and television all over Australia. They even got to perform the song on the finale of The Voice Australia and during the 2013 ARIA Awards. Over the summer, Sheppard opened for Aussie country crooner Keith Urban on a few dates during his Australian tour, as well as a few dates with Michael Franti and Spearhead.
That's not to say that the band isn't making headway in the states already. They have made numerous trips to the US over the last few years to play shows and make appearances on radio. The band is currently managed in the US by Scooter Braun, better known as Justin Bieber's manager.
Now the band will be making their biggest US leap ever. On October 21, the band will be performing on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show, which is watched by millions of people across the country. To be recognized by DeGeneres and her show is to have the blessing of one of the most beloved and influential television personalities on the planet.
At this rate, Sheppard is poised to become the next big thing out of Australia. “Geronimo” has opened the band up to amazing opportunities and more fans than a small family band from Brisbane could hope to acquire. It will be great to see these guys flourish and where this new found fame will take them next.
By Elise Yablon