Brand New Star Final Promises To Be A Great Night Of Entertainment

Who will be the winner of Brand New Star 2014?

The 10 Grand Finalists will be centre stage at Central Coast Leagues Club on Friday night, vying for a prize package that could set the winner on the road to stardom.

This year’s contest has unearthed some amazing new talent, with entries coming from interstate, as well as the local region and other parts of New South Wales.

Two heats, held at Everglades Country Club and Club Wyong, resulted in the following artists being selected to go on to the Grand Final:

Lexi Ross

Abbey Gardner

Maddie Keevill

Sarah Lanser

The Fold – Minet Masters and Jake Fotheringham

Hayley Langley

Aimee Hannan

Áaron Jurd

Ash Sheehan

Melanie Baggs

Friday night’s program will kick off at 7.30, with all Grand Finalists performing two songs.

At stake is $3000 in prizemoney courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club, a one song recording with Simon Johnson at Hillbilly Hut Studio, distributed to media by Daryl Kirkup at CRS, plus a performance workshop intensive with country music star Gina Jeffreys.

The Brand New Star Grand Final not only promises an evening of great entertainment, but will also showcase a wealth of new country music talent.

Previous winners have gone on to forge outstanding careers in the music industry. Inaugural winner Makaylie Foodey, who has recently returned from Nashville where she rubbed shoulders with some of country music’s greats, will perform during the evening.

Makaylie will also be on the judging panel, along with renowned musician and producer Rod McCormack and todayscountry94one Board member and musician Greg Flynn.

todayscountry94one members will be admitted free of charge on Friday night (be sure to take your membership card). Tickets for non-members will be available for $10 from the Leagues Club Welcome Desk.

todayscountry94one would like to thank Brand New Star 2014 sponsors Central Coast Leagues Club,

Everglades Country Club, Club Wyong, Simon Johnson and Hillbilly Hut Studio, Daryl Kirkup and CRS,

Imperial Shopping Centre and Gina Jeffreys Singing and Performance Workshops. Gosford City Council’s support is also greatly appreciated.

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Photos from Heat 1 of the 2014 Brand New Star Competition

Hi Folks,

Here are a few photos from Heat 1 of the 2014 Brand New Star Competition. Thanks to Carmography Photographics for the great photos.

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Heat 1 of the 2014 Brand New Star Competition

A second heat and the Grand Final are still to come, but todayscountry94one’s Brand New Star 2014 has already unearthed some amazing new talent.

The first heat, held at Everglades Country Club, attracted entries from interstate as well as the Central Coast region.

The three judges – award winning producer Rod McCormack, inaugural Brand New Star winner Makaylie Foodey and Greg Flynn representing todayscountry94one – had no easy task, but decided that Hayley Langley, Abbey Gardner, Aaron Jurd and Sarah Lanser would go on to the Grand Final.

Heat 2 of the contest will be held on Friday, July 18, at Club Wyong, with the Grand Final to be staged at Central Coast Leagues Club on Friday, July 25.

The winner of Brand New Star 2014 will win a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club, a one song recording with producer Simon Johnson at Hillbilly Hut Studio  distributed by Daryl Kirkup at CRS, a performance workshop intensive with country music star Gina Jeffreys and support and airplay by todayscountry94one.

Thank you also to Gosford City Council for its support.

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Still time to enter Brand New Star Competition!

The closing date has been extended, and there is still time to enter the 2014 Brand New Star Competition!

Simply follow the directions in the posts below and you could be in the running to be the 2014 Brand New Star.

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2014 Brand New Star Competition: Extension of Closing Date to 4 July 2014

The closing date for entries in the 2014 Brand New Star Contest has now been extended to 4 July 2014.

See the post below for more contest details.

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Volunteers Needed!

Do you think you have what it takes to be a volunteer presenter on todayscountry94one?

We are looking for people with a love of country music who would like to join our team.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to take part in our next presenters’ training course, starting soon.

For more information, or to apply, send an email to admin@todayscountry94one or phone 43232441.


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2014 Brand New Star Competition





todayscountry94one would like to help a budding young country music performer or Duo  take the first step to becoming a star.  The Central Coast’s only all country music radio station is offering a cash prize of $3,000 as first prize in this competition.

The successful applicants will take part in one of two Heats to be held on Friday 11th July at Everglades Country Club and Friday 18th July at Club Wyong, with five from each Heat making up the top ten to go through to the Grand Final at Central Coast Leagues Club (Scenic Lounge) on Friday, 25th July 2014.  Judges will be leaders in the Australian Country Music recording and entertainment industry and todayscountry94one.

In addition to the $3,000 prize, the winner will receive a one song recording with thanks to Simon Johnson at Hillbilly Hut Studio, delivered as a production master ready for manufacturing.  Distributed as a single release to over 200 radio stations around Australia thanks to Daryl Kirkup of CRS Publicity (valued at $695).   A performance workshop intensive with one of Australian Country Music’s biggest stars, Gina Jeffreys.  The winner will also be invited to appear at todayscountry94one Christmas Party Concert in November 2014, and also receive 12 months support and airplay on todayscountry94one.

The 2014 todayscountry94one Brand New Star Competition promises to be bigger and better than previous events where patrons enjoyed the entertainment provided by the outstanding young country music talent, including our 2012 winner, Emily Markham and our 2011 winner, Bryce Sainty. Following the inaugural competition, the winner Makaylie Foodey, and contestants Georgia White and Hannah Smith were signed by Core Music as a direct result of this competition and are currently part of the hot young group “The Apprentices”. Makaylie has recently returned from Nashville, USA, where she was invited to songwriting sessions with some of America’s leading country music artists. Bruce Sainty has also found success as a recording artist and has toured extensively since winning the event and Emily Markham has described as ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’ her attendance at the 2014 CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. A scholarship to the Academy was part of Emily’s Brand New Star prize. All have paid tribute to Brand New Star as the catalyst for their success.

Entry is open to amateur artists between the ages of 15 and 35 years.  Entries close at 4.00 pm on Friday, 27th June 2014 * and applicants will be notified if they are successful in qualifying for the Heats by 5.00 pm on Monday,  30th June 2014.

* Note: The closing date for entries has now been extended to 4 July 2014.

Each applicant will perform two songs and is allowed one accompanist (no bands or backing tracks) for their Heat and, if they make it through to the Final, will be supported by a full band for their two song performance.

Email entries to  (or post to:  todayscountry94one, PO Box 1042, GOSFORD  NSW  2250).  Entries must be accompanied by an mp3 of one song (or CD in the mail), a minimum one page Bio and photo.  (NB:  all contestant entries of professionally recorded music will be considered for inclusion in our playlist).  Please make sure you include your full name, date of birth, and full contact details (address, telephone number/s and email address).

The successful applicants will be notified by email or telephone.

Please note, that there will be no entry fee or booking required for people wishing to be a part of the audience at either of the Heats

For further information on this exciting country music talent quest please go to our website at or phone (02) 4323 2441.

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Dates Announced for 2015 Central Coast Country Music Festival

The 2015 Central Coast Country Music Festival will be held on the weekend of 14 and 15 November 2015 and will feature FREE live country music on three stages.

The weekend will also include busking, line dancing, clogging displays, market stalls and entertainment at venues throughout the Central Coast.

Put these dates in your diary for a great weekend of country music!

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Most Popular Radio Station: 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards 2014:  Most Popular Radio Station.  todayscountry94one.

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Academy Scholarship Helps Put Emily’s Career On The Right Track



Photos (Left): Emily Markhan performing and (Above): Emily with Kevin Bennett.


The winner of todayscountry94one’s 2012 Brand New Star Quest, Emily Markham, is back home after what she describes as ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’ at the 2014 CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. A scholarship to the Academy was part of Emily’s Brand New Star prize.

“I had the time of my life,” Emily said in a letter to todayscountry94one.

“I had the most amazing time and learned so much. We were given so many unique opportunities, which provided us with relevant information to help grow and pursue a career in the music industry.

“The tutors and mentors we had the chance to learn from were some of the most recognised people within the industry. Songwriting lessons with Tamara Stewart were fantastic, as I learned an array of different ways to write a song.

“I also learned that songwriting can’t necessarily be taught, but once you have the basic knowledge, songwriting will come naturally and won’t be forced.

“We were given the time to co-write with our fellow students, which was a new experience for me. I ended up co-writing two songs and going on to perform one of those at our graduation concert on Friday January 17,” Emily wrote.

“The business and social media talks we took part in, gave me a much greater knowledge of how to go about the non-creative side of music. A few different people gave these talks but the talks given by the beautiful Amber Lawrence focused on how an independent artist goes about the business of music.

“I was lucky enough in my group to have the wonderful Kevin Bennett mentoring me. Kevin was a wonderful mentor who had a great way of teaching and I learned so much about performance and songwriting from him. Kevin made me push myself musically, which allowed me to get so much more out of the course. He also made me break out of my comfort zone in a way that I haven’t been able to before.

“The mentors we had were absolutely fantastic and they provided us with endless amounts of information. We also had guest visits from Kasey and Nash Chambers along with Ashleigh Dallas. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity as they talked to us about their experiences within the industry. Other guest visitors who provided us with so much information were Lyn Bowtell, Matt Fell, Bill Page, Tim Daley, Amanda O’Bryan, Cheryl Burns, Carolyn Steir, Troy Cassar-Daley and all the other industry professionals who were around during the course.

“I will take this experience with me throughout my music career as well as in my day to day life. Thanks go to Peter Winkler, Roger Corbett, Tamara Stewart, Greg Williams, Brad Bergen, Kevin Bennett, Amber Lawrence, Pete Denahy and all my fellow students for making the academy a time to remember. But my biggest thankyou goes to today’scountry94one for providing me with the scholarship to enjoy and experience this amazing course. Thank you very much.”

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