Carl Wockner returns “Better”!
They say hearing his voice is like being punched hard in the belly then immediately massaged back to a point that you actually feel better than you did before you were punched. They say that he actually uses a full sized guitar but it looks so small because he plays it into submission. They say he was born with a full head of dreadlocks, and that no matter what color glasses he wears, they will always turn red before he leaves the house in some kind of fiery magic. They say he can eat lasagne like its going out of fashion, but he truly believes it never will.
Carl Wockner was named the first and ONLY Australian artist to ever win Top Honors at the International Acoustic Music Award’s 2015 (USA), along with top of the AAA category for the release of his album “Crayon Days” with producer Michael Flanders in Nashville TN. Wockner has skipped up the charts with his first two single releases receiving high rotation to national radio in both Australia and USA which landed the title track into the International Billboard Charts. The same album has received a 2016 IMA (Independent Music Awards) Finalist nomination for Best Adult Contemporary Album. It was following this recent success that Wockner relocated his family to Nashville TN, USA as a strategic move for his evolving career.
His rare ‘live looping’ style solo performance matched only with his signature vocals and unique acoustic guitar work renders Carl in a league of his own. The live shows have been recognized throughout Australia and USA with multiple headliner performances at festivals and touring, and Wockner is now rumoured as one of the busiest musicians in Nashville, TN. There’s something about Carl Wockner’s music that simply exudes peace. The peace you feel when you’re humming along to a nostalgic track, or the peace you feel when you just know everything’s going to be ok. However you connect with Carl’s music, you would agree this he is definitely onto something.
Carl’s first EP, the self-produced, recorded, mixed (all in his lounge room) “Acousticness”, was released in 2011 to an overwhelmingly positive response. The single “Pictures” received airplay on Hot 91 FM and ZINC FM, the latter of whose DJ’s referred to him as “the man with the big hair and Golden Tonsils.” Carl was also named a finalist in three categories at the 2012 and 2013 MusicOZ awards: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Blues and Roots, and Pop. “Acousticness” showcased Wockner’s songwriting skills to such an extent that his reputation amongst established songwriters quickly rose, and he was soon invited to co-write with several of them including Kim Tribble (Gary Allan, Shania Twain, Journey), Greg Barnhill (Trisha Tearwood, Don Henley, Jessica Simpson, Etta James, Chicago, Tim McGraw, Leona Lewis), and Chaise Flanders, all of whom contributed co-writes to Carl’s incredible album “Crayon Days”.
Produced and recorded in the famous ‘Music Row’ location of Nashville, TN by industry heavyweight Michael Flanders, Crayon Days picked up where “Acousticness” left off with its honest lyricism and innovative songwriting. The diverse set of sounds and moods Carl can create with just a guitar and his voice is truly remarkable, all of which are complimented by featured album guests Jenn Bostic, Siobhan Magnus and Redd. The Point Sunshine Coast editor Rhys Fox said of “Crayon Days”, “Bordering on almost-too-damn-good, Crayon Days sees and artist that has embraced his own musical evolution, and is now just waiting for everyone else to catch up”.