Brisbane hitmakers Sheppard drop their brand new single “Riding The Wave” today, April 13th, as they announce the release of their sophomore album Watching The Sky – set to hit stores globally on June 8, 2018 via Empire of Song/Decca Records/Republic Records. Check out the lyric video for “Riding The Wave” HERE or stream it via your preferred DSP now! In addition, it was announced earlier this week that Sheppard will return to the US this Summer to play this year’s Billboard Hot 100 Festival, tickets here!
With a clear vision of who they are and what they stand for, Sheppard continue their ascent as a global pop powerhouse, following up their smash “Geronimo” with two breakout hits with singles “Keep Me Crazy” and “Coming Home” which topped radio and went Gold and Platinum in their home country, respectively. “Coming Home” was first heard in the US when the band debuted the single on the TODAY Show in November 2017 following a successful stateside club tour and further cemented itself in the US market this past February when it was tapped for the theatrical release and US trailer for Lionsgate’s animated hit comedy Early Man. Since its release, “Coming Home” has also been heard on American Idol, The Voice, American Ninja Warrior, and is set to appear on NBC’s Champions in May.
Refusing to be defined by their success, Sheppard have steered their own ship, focusing on authenticity and delivering great pop songs to keep the world singing. “It has been a huge journey of self-discovery for us,” said singer George Sheppard. “With the incredible success of ‘Geronimo’ it was a big lesson for us to focus on the music rather than the success. Trying to base your future on your past will lead to inevitable failure, but creating something we believe in, not what pressure tells us we should deliver has ironically been what’s gotten us back in the charts.”
“Even when we were at our most successful, there was always someone trying to bring us down, but at every point there’s been many, many more supporting us and giving us this gift of being able to create music with our lives,” said Amy Sheppard. “That’s why you just need to accept yourself and what you have in the here and now —that’s really what ‘Riding The Wave’ is about. A long-term career band is going to have highs and lows, but what matters is the music. You’ve got to keep riding the wave… much like life.”
Watching The Sky features 14 brand new Sheppard tracks including the Australian chart hits “Keep Me Crazy” and “Coming Home” and Latin American Top 10 “Edge Of The Night.” The album is available to pre-order from today on CD, digital and limited-edition vinyl.