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The noise of the busy Chatswood traffic was five levels below the soundproofed Sydney office of AOL. Pam Tillis looked even more petite than usual, relaxing in the oversized armchair (picture left, courtesy of AOL). Shanley Del was on the speaker phone, calling from Bega. Soon, these ladies would be fielding questions from around the world via the Internet. It was the 14th January 1999, and the "AOL Live" chat line was open for one hour. As Pam and Shanley walked on to the "virtual stage", an average of 100 people at any one moment were vying for their attention. Three computer terminals, manned by AOL producers, glowed in anticipation. One operator relayed the incoming questions, a second typed in the replies, while a third monitored the view of the proceedings as seen by the outside world. Pam answered questions that ranged from the predictable "what is your impression of Australia?" to the more meaningful, "what is your favourite charity". Her answer was, "I am involved with a couple of different things. My Christmas tour was involved with 'Feed the Children' which is an international organisation, I have also been supportive of the 'Second Harvest Food Bank '." She also spoke of visiting Tamworth (pre-Festival) and lecturing for the CMAA at The Australian College of Country Music. She described her father Mel's theatre in Branson, and revealed what she was going through in her personal life during the recording of the "Every Time" album. In Pam's recent CMT video special she remarked on the power of the video clip to reach a mass audience. In a similar vein she told the Internet audience, "I have a love-hate relationship with the road. If I could get the audience into my living room (like we are doing now) I would probably stay home."
Being away on tour, Shanley Del must have found the experience rather odd, hearing the disembodied voices on the phone, relaying questions arriving from home and abroad. She was no less animated though, and described her (then) forthcoming shows with Pam as "female onslaught - total girl power!" Shanley also answered questions about her plans for 1999, the state of play for "Saunders, Kane and Del", and her greatest inspiration (her son, Max). On winning the ARIA award Shanley "wished I had remembered to thank my manager Louise Blundell and I will never forgive myself for that. (Luckily she has)." Shanley also spoke of the Hope Project for breast cancer awareness , singing at the Grand Ole Opry, family life and more.
If you are an AOL member, you can view the complete transcript of the on-line chat with photos, by typing the keywords MUSIC and following the RELIVE AOL LIVE link.
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