Entry is now open for the 37th Toyota Star Maker – Australia’s longest running search for a new country music star. Star Maker has been a crucial launching pad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including KEITH URBAN, LEE KERNAGHAN, JAMES BLUNDELL, BECCY COLE, SAM MCCLYMONT, DARREN COGGAN, LYN BOWTELL and KYLIE SACKLEY.
In 2016 competition will be as tough as ever with former winners setting strong examples of what is possible when a commitment to a career in the country music industry is fully understood and adhered to.
Australia’s Star Maker platform sets out to find a new country music star and all the aforementioned winners are leading the way with strong careers internationally and locally.
Coordinator of the competition Cheryl Byrnes said the competition has a responsibility to deliver a new winner who will become an automatic ambassador for the Australian country music industry.
We are looking for someone who stands out from the pack – someone who has the country music x-factor, someone who is driven and articulate, motivated and talented and someone who lives country music.
Star Maker is Australia’s most prestigious search for a country music star and boasts winners with international roots and appeal. Keith Urban (1990), Craig Robertson (1989) and Kaylee Bell (2013) were born in New Zealand and Jared Porter (2014) was born and lived in the USA for the first 11 years of his life.
“Toyota Star Maker continues to set the benchmark in showcasing Australian country music’s best new talent,” she said.
Keith Urban recently played in front of a 70,000 strong audience in Quebec and remains at the top of the charts; Lee Kernaghan has announced a new tour following the recent release of Spirit Of The Anzacs; Beccy Cole is touring heavily promoting her latest album Sweet Rebecca as well as her new book Poster Girl; Kylie Sackley is among the top songwriters in Nashville writing hit songs for Leann Rimes, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, John Rich, Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton and many others; James Blundell released his new album Come On In this month; Travis Colins launched his fourth album Wired in February and tours constantly; Samantha McClymont has joined the team at Channel Nine to host the new series of Farmer Wants A Wife and with her sisters as The McClymonts just announced their new 10 Years of Hits concert to take place during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2016; and Lyn Bowtell winner of Alt Country Album of the Year 2015 has been appointed artistic director of the CMAA Academy.
Since winning Star Maker recent winners have continued to make inroads in the early stages of their careers with Kaylee Bell (2013) picking up two big awards in New Zealand for best album and back to back best female artist and Jared Porter (2014) signed an international publishing deal with Dog Whistle Music/Dan Hodges Music and recently wrote with the writers of Kelsey Ballerini’s #1 hit and he appeared at California’s huge Country Summer Festival.
This year’s winner Mickey Pye will release his debut album Unleashed at the Gympie Music Muster and has already experienced his first #1 iTunes single for When She’s Drinkin’.
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