The French Family Band
Country music just sounds better when a family sings it, so head over to Hoover Auditorium and catch The French Family Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28.
When the French family (Stuie, Camille and Sonny) launches into a classic or original song, this father, mother and son are quickly recognized as the real thing. Touring for nearly 20 years as Camille and Stuie, the duo became beloved in Australia. They earned three Australian Golden Guitar Awards –– similar to the Country Music Awards in the United States.
Stuie grew up in Tasmania. His father and older brother exposed him to great country music through their favorite records, including the legendary Johnny Cash. Realizing how prominent the guitar was throughout this music, Stuie felt drawn to learn more and picked up the family’s old Yamaha acoustic guitar. With time and practice, his talent was noticed. He toured and jammed with his idol Merle Haggard during the icon’s Australian tour as a member of the opening band.
Camille was raised in New Zealand. A Māori, she was immersed in a tight-knit familial culture that encouraged singing and dancing. She fell in love with country music and knew, from a young age, that it would be her career. A gifted vocalist known for her harmonies, Camille toured as a back-up singer for some of the greats before launching Camille and Stuie.
At age 12, Sonny transformed the successful duo into a trio. When Camille and Sonny sing together, audiences are taken back to early country’s familial harmonies with a new pulse and energy. Sonny has picked up the guitar as well and can often be found “twinning” on stage with his father.
Now performing as The French Family Band, Camille, Stuie and Sonny are acclimating to life stateside –– deep roots in tow.