Central Coast Country Music Festival A Great Success


The Central Coast Country Music Festival, held over the weekend of 13 and 14 August 2016, was once again a great success.

The festival included many top Australian country artists, including Beccy Cole, Adam Eckersley Band, Travis Collins, Chelsea Basham, Paul Costa, Christie Lamb and Brothers 3.  Large crowds were in attendance on both days to enjoy the performances.

Once again, TodaysCountry94one was represented at the festival, with a booth adjacent to the main stage, and a contingent of eager volunteers in attendance.

Here are a few photos from the festival:



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And The Winner Is…. Toby Wells

The 2016 TodaysCountry94one Brand New Star Competition Grand Final was held on 29 July 2016 at the Central Coast Leagues Club. The 2016 winner was Toby Wells. Congratulations, Toby, on your win.

All of the performances on the night were first rate and the judges had a very difficult time in separating the entrants. However, there can only be one winner, and that was Toby.

Toby won the first prize of $3,000 in cash from sponsor, Central Coast Leagues Club.

Jesse McGrath and Sophie Youman were each awarded a one-on-one mentoring session with country music star, Gina Jeffreys.

Many thanks to the other sponsors: The Imperial Centre, Ferry’s Law Firm, Everglades Country Club, Club Wyong, CRS Publicity and Simon Johnson (Hillbilly Hut Studios).

And many thanks to all of the other very talented finalists: Sarah Lanser, Bob Arthur, Emma Jene, Joseph Arrua, Alicia Brock, Paul Crowder, Lexie Ross and Hayley Langley.

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Congratulations to Di and Pete on 200 Australian Bush Ballad Shows

TodaysCountry94one presenters, Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson, have reached a milestone of 200 episodes of their Australian Bush Ballad Show.

The show is produced by TodaysCountry94one, and is heard on Tuesday evenings from 9.00 pm and on Sundays from 11.00 am.  The show is also syndicated to radio stations around Australia and has been presented in the UK.

Station Chairman, David Bacon, presented Di and Pete with a certificate in recognition of their achievement, at the 2016 Brand New Star Grand Final, held on Friday 29 July 2016 at Central Coast Leagues Club.

We’ll be posting some photos of Di and Pete’s presentation on the website shortly, together with photos from the 2016 Brand New Star Grand Final.


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Don’t Miss the Grand Final of the 2016 Brand New Star Contest, Friday 29 July!

Heat 2 of todayscountry94one’s 2016 Brand New Star competition didn’t disappoint, with some amazing talent competing for a spot in this Friday night’s Grand Final, setting a difficult task for the judging panel.

The Grand Final, to be held at Central Coast Leagues Club, promises to be a great evening’s entertainment and will set the 2016 winner on track for a career in the music industry.

The talented Grand Finalists are Toby Wells, Sarah Lanser, Bob Arthur, Emma Jene Boxsell, Joseph Arrua, Alicia Brock, Paul Crowder, Sophie Youman, Lexie Ross, Jesse McGrath and Hayley Langley.

They will be vying for the title of Brand New Star 2016 and those fantastic prizes, including $3000 courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club, a recording opportunity with Hillbilly Hut Studio, with distribution to the media by CRS, plus mentoring by one of country music’s biggest stars, Gina Jeffreys.

Make sure you’re in the audience this Friday night, July 29, from 7.30 at Central Coast Leagues Club. Admission is just $5 for todayscountry94one members, $10 for non-members and, if you wish, you can join up or renew your membership on the night.

Photos (below L-R): Sarah Lanser (Heat 1) and Jesse McGrath with Pedro (Heat 1).

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2016 Brand New Star Contest News!

The first heat of todayscountry94one’s Brand New Star 2016 set the bar high, with some outstanding performers winning a place in the Grand Final.

So you won’t want to miss Heat 2, to be held this Friday, July 22, from 7.30pm at Club Wyong.

Be in the audience to see talented country music performers  vie for a Grand Final spot and the chance to win fantastic prizes, including $3000 courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club, a recording opportunity with Hillbilly Hut Studio, with distribution to the media by CRS, plus mentoring by one of country music’s biggest stars, Gina Jeffreys.

Heat 2, at Club Wyong, promises to be a top night and admission is free.

And of course, don’t forget to make a date for the Grand Final, to be held at Central Coast Leagues Club on Friday, July 29.

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Closing Date for 2016 Brand New Star Entries Extended to Thursday 7 July 2016

Yes Folks, due to popular demand, the closing date for the 2016 Brand New Star Contest has been extended until Thursday 7 July 2016.

Don’t miss out! An entry form is on the todayscountry94one website or you can contact us on admin@todayscountry94one.com.

And remember, you could be the 2016 Brand New Star!

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2016 Brand New Star Contest

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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 admin@todayscountry94one.com or phone 0243232441.

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Station’s Brand New Star quest named as a finalist in 2015 National Radio Awards

TodaysCountry94one has been named as a 2015 finalist in the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s National Radio Awards.

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.

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A young singer/songwriter from the Adelaide Hills, Angela Easson, has been named 2015 Brand New Star in front of a capacity crowd at Central Coast Leagues Club.

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.

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