Another talented young country music performer will win the opportunity of a lifetime in this year’s Brand New Star competition, run by todayscountry94one.
Held annually since 2010, Brand New Star aims to foster and encourage emerging country music artists, giving them a platform to showcase their talents and launch musical careers.
With strong backing from sponsors and the country music industry, the quest has gone from strength to strength.
Last year’s winner, Adelaide singer/songwriter Angela Easson, took out the title from talented contenders in two keenly contested heats – held at Club Wyong and Everglades Country Club – and at the Grand Final, hosted by Central Coast Leagues Club.
Angela won $3000 courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club, a one song recording serviced to the media and industry, the opportunity to perform at the Sydney Country Music Festival and ongoing support from todayscountry94one.
Chair of the judging panel, country music stalwart Rod McCormack, said he believed all 2015 finalists could have a future in the music industry.
Since its inception, Brand New Star has discovered and fostered some amazing talent, including previous winners Ash Sheehan, Makaylie Foodey, Bryce Sainty and Emily Markham, all of whom have gone on to develop their careers to wide acclaim.
Planning for Brand New Star 2016 is now well underway, with every indication the July event will be bigger and better than ever. As in previous years, entrants will face the judges in two heats, with the top acts competing in the Grand Final for an outstanding prize package.
Entry is limited to contestants 16 years and over.
To enter Brand New Star 2016, fill out the entry form on this site (go to the Brand New Star page) , email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0243232441.
The station’s Brand New Star Quest is one of five finalists chosen by the judging panel in the Best Station Promotion, Sponsorship or Fundraising Campaign category.
The other finalists are Bordertown (SA), Byron Bay and Sydney stations.
CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset said the association had been overwhelmed this year by the record number of entries and an incredible standard of excellence.
Award winners will be announced at a special gala dinner at the CBAA annual conference to be held in November.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is an internationally recognised organisation established for the promotion of community broadcasting, including radio and television.
The CBAA has more than 270 member stations broadcasting nationwide, representing nearly 80% of Australia’s permanently licenced community radio stations.
This year’s Brand New Star quest, the sixth organised by todayscountry94one, again put the spotlight on the high calibre of emerging talent in the country music industry.
Grand Final judges Max Jackson, Rod McCormack and Ron Sinclair had a difficult task, but were won over by Angela’s talent as a performer and songwriter.
Angela’s interest in country music began at the age of 10 in Mount Gambier and continued when she moved to Adelaide to continue her music career.
A 2010 CMAA Country Music Academy graduate, she was a 2011 Toyota Star Maker finalist, and had also been crowned international winner of the 2010 Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year award on Norfolk Island.
Angela released her debut EP in 2011, followed later the same year with her first single, ‘Cry Baby Cry’.
Her song writing talents have also been widely recognised. She won the South Australian APRA Modern Country Song of the Year and Overall Country Song of the Year Awards in 2010, was a finalist in the 2013 MusicOz Independent Music Awards and in 2014 was a finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association National Songwriting Contest.
As Brand New Star 2015, Angela has won $3000 cash, courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club, plus a one song recording with Simon Johnson of Hillbilly Hut Studio, distributed to media by CRS Publishing.
Another singer/songwriter, Melanie Gray, was selected as the winner of a one-on-one performance workshop with country music star Gina Jeffreys.
A graduate with a Bachelor of Music, Melanie was a finalist in this year’s Coca Cola Battle of the Bands and was a 2014 Brand New Star Grand Finalist.
Congratulations are extended to all 2015 Brand New Star entrants, who set such a high standard.
Thank you to our listeners for making TodaysCountry94one the Most Popular Radio Station at the People’s Choice Awards, 2012, 2014 and 2015. The above photo shows all three awards on display together.
TodaysCountry94one personality, David “Prousty” Proust, has won the Bush Laureate Award for his single, “The Auction”, at the 2015 Australian Bush Laureate Awards, which were held as part of the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The Australian Bush Laureate Awards were established in 1996 to recognise excellence in published and recorded Australian bush poetry. Congratulations to Prousty from everyone at todaysCountry94one.
Photo: Prousty and his award, photographed with Max Ellis.
Kaza was there to accept the award on our behalf.
Congratulations also to a former TodaysCountry94one presenter, Jane Kellaway, who was named most popular presenter.
Photo: Kaza and station volunteer, Helen Mackman, with the award.
Rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those country music lovers who turned out for the inaugural Gwandalan Country Music Festival.
“It was a great turnout considering the weather and it’s on again for next year,” Dianne Lindsay said after the event.
A contingent of todayscountry94one’s volunteers and supporters were on hand throughout the day to help spread the word about the station, sell merchandise and sign up new members.
Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson, who organised the event, did a great job, as did Christa Bradley, who took responsibility for managing todayscountry94one’s involvement.
The day’s success augurs well for a great event next year – and hopefully the sun will shine!
Top Left: Brothers 3 with Taylor Pfeiffer (The Banjo Girl).
Top Right: Gina Jeffries, Dianne Lindsay and Makaylie Foodie.
Bottom Left: The Festival Crowd.
Bottom Right: Dianne Lindsay On Stage.
Dianne Lindsay was successful in the People’s Choice Awards, being voted Most Popular Female Artist for the second successive year, while ICMA (Independent Country Music Association) named ‘Sgt. Ron’ as the most popular community radio DJ.
Photo: Clair Hayes and Col Buchanan
Not to be outdone, Dave Proust – ‘Prousty’ – won the Golden Damper for bush poetry with his single ‘The Auction’.
The most popular radio presenter in the People’s Choice Awards was former todayscountry94one presenter, Jane Kellaway, now based in Campbelltown.
In addition, Clair Hayes did a great job compering the TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association) concert, along with Peter Leslie. It was Clair’s 24th year in the role. Clair has written the following report on the event:
The Tamworth Songwriters Awards Concert was a beauty this year. There were 10 guest artists and each performed two self- penned songs.
We heard performances by Adam Harvey, Kathryn Jones, Jeff Brown, Aly Cook, Taylor Pfeiffer the banjo girl, Jared Porter (2014 Starmaker winner), Bec Hance, Brothers 3, Kristy Cox and Amber Joy Poulton who is support for Kenny Rogers’ 2015 tour.
There was a good balance of traditional and contemporary country played to a packed house at The Longyard Hotel, with plenty of humour and talent throughout the night, all enhanced by the backing band, Steve Passfield’s Handpicked.
The TSA is run by volunteers and provides the opportunity for songwriters to get their songs heard, through workshops and showcases at several CM festivals throughout the year.
The Tamworth Festival provides the opportunity for all songwriters to submit their work to be judged by the TSA in 13 categories. For the first time, 2015 saw the competition opened up to alternate country, blues and bluegrass and an international section, as many Australian artists who co-write with overseas artists had not previously been able to enter their work, as the competition was only open to Australian writers.
The AGM had much discussion around keeping up with technology with all its copyright implications and competition rules around commercially released works for songwriters.
The industry at all levels is finding it difficult to make, then simplify rules and monitor song competition entries, using all the computer and technical jargon applicable, so that people can understand the necessary forms.
It’s become a very complex exercise.
All the winners were very deserving; it’s always fascinating to hear how each writer sees the world through his or her refreshing perspective then puts it to verse, rhyme and music.
This was my 24th TSA compering gig. This year my partner in crime was Peter Leslie – and what he doesn’t know about country music isn’t worth knowing.
It was a great night and I look forward to the 2016 Awards Concert. – Clair Hayes.