2014 Brand New Star Competition Grand Final Photos

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Here are some photos of the Grand Final of the 2014 Brand New Star Competition.  Thanks to Carmography Photographics for the great photos.










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Ash Sheehan is the 2014 Brand New Star

A 16-year-old singer-songwriter from Kincumber is the 2014 Central Coast Leagues Club Brand New Star.

Ash Sheehan wowed the judges and the audience with her vocal ability, musicianship and songwriting skills when she competed in the Brand New Star Grand Final, held at Central Coast Leagues Club.

She has previously gained experience performing at a variety of venues and functions, ranging from private and corporate events, restaurants, weddings and church services to busking and playing lead roles in three musicals.

Ash won $3000 courtesy of Central Coast Leagues Club plus a one song recording with Simon Johnson at Hillbilly Hut Studio, distributed to media by Daryl Kirkup at CRS and airplay on todayscountry94one.

Runner-up was Aimee Hannan, who has been busy travelling to country music festivals throughout Queensland and New South Wales, winning many awards along the way. In 2006 Aimee was accepted into the Tamworth Junior Country Music College (Camerata) and the following year was asked to perform in the Young Guns of Country concert in Tamworth.

In 2010 she was selected to represent Australia in Beijing, China in the World Star Quest.

The winner of a performance workshop intensive with country music star Gina Jeffreys was 17-year-old Maddie Keevill.

There was a wealth of talent on display during the two heats and at the Grand Final, giving judges Rod McCormack, Greg Flynn and inaugural Brand New Star winner Makaylie Foodey a difficult task.

Chair of the judging panel Rod McCormack said he believed all finalists could have a future in the music industry and urged them to continue with their endeavours.

Because of the high standard of performances Gina Jeffreys had an extra surprise, offering all Grand Finalists the opportunity to take part in a songwriting workshop.

Since its launch by todayscountry94one  in 2010, Brand New Star has discovered and fostered some amazing talent, including Makaylie Foodey, Bryce Sainty and Emily Markham, all of whom have gone on to bigger and better things in the music industry.

todayscountry94one congratulates all 2014 entrants and wishes them every success.

Thanks go to 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.





Supported by Gosford City Council.

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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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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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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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2014 Golden Guitar Winners

Todayscountry94one congratulates the 2014 Golden Guitar winners:

Lovegrass – Sara Storer, produced by Matt Fell

Black Coffee – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, produced by Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Rod McCormack

Lee Kernaghan – Flying With The King

Sara Storer – Lovegrass

O’Shea – Thank You Angels

Pozie – Sara Storer & John Williamson

Lady of the Land – written by Luke O’Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O’Shea


I Love Australia – written by Keith Jamieson, recorded by Jeff Brown

Cotton Eyed Joe – Pete Denahy

Ashleigh Dallas – Me

Lady of the Land – written by Luke O’Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O’Shea

Flying With The King – Lee Kernaghan, directed by Duncan Toombs

Flying With The King – Lee Kernaghan

Red – Taylor Swift (Universal Music)

Beautiful Noise – Lee Kernaghan (ABC Music)

Ted Egan

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Our Station Most Popular In Australia

Todayscountry94one has been named Australia’s Most Popular Country Radio Station in the 2014 Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards, announced in Tamworth. This is a huge honour for the station, with a record number of votes registered overall.

Organiser Bob Kirchner said tens of thousands of individual votes were cast for the various categories. In fact, there were so many that it took an almost “superhuman effort” to finalise the winners, he said. “People very much want to have a say in who gets recognition in Australian country music,” he added.

Photos: (Above) Clair Hayes and Pete Denahy and (Below): Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson and Clair Hayes

Todayscountry94one presenter Dianne Lindsay (Australian Bush Ballad Show) was also a major winner, taking out the Female Vocal title.

Life Member and former Chairman of the station, Adam Harvey, picked up the Vocal Event Award with Troy Cassar-Daley for Lights on the Hill.

The station was well represented in the final nominations: ‘Sgt’ Ron Trundle was a contender for the Most Popular DJ crown, while Dianne Lindsay and partner Peter Simpson were Best Bush Ballad finalists.  Dianne and Peter were also in the spotlight at the TSA Awards, winning the Commemorative Bush Ballad Award for their song Old Tobacco Tin.

Another todayscountry94one presenter Clair Hayes (The Request Show) joined Pete Denahy to co-compere the awards concert, attended by more than 350 people at Tamworth’s Longyard Hotel.

Among those who performed on the night were Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, Felicity Urquhart, Kaylens Rain, Pete Denahy, Steve Passfield and Mike Kerrin.

Dianne’s hands will make their imprint in cement when she is again honoured in this year’s Hands of Fame ceremony.

Todayscountry94one offers congratulations to all the finalists and winners and, of course, thanks all our supporters!

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Convoy Takes Ron From The Airwaves To The Television Screen

An entry in a competition run by the What’s Up Downunder TV show won todayscountry94one’s ‘Fireman’ Ron Sinclair and his wife Di an unforgettable experience.

They were chosen to spend two weeks on the Go Make Some Memories Convoy, exploring the ‘top 10 destinations within three hours of Melbourne.’

Ron and Di were flown to Melbourne, given the use of a brand new Ford Ranger ute and a Jayco 24 foot 5th Wheeler caravan for the duration of the convoy. Apart from filming footage for the new summer series of WUDU, the convoy also raised over $10,000 for the McGrath Foundation.

Photo (Above Left to Right): Di Sinclair, Executive Producer Col Parrot and ‘Fireman’ Ron Sinclair.

Photo (Below): Di Sinclair with the ute and the Jayco. 

“All of the eight vans in the convoy were provided by sponsors for evaluation and the vehicles, except for our Ranger, were provided by Nissan. Reviews of the vans and the vehicles will be part of the summer series and the WUDU magazine in 2014,” Ron said.

“The convoy left Melbourne and traveled in a loop through places such as Warrnambool, Port Campbell, Lake Fyans, Stawell, Bendigo, Lake Waranga, Nagambie Lake, Wodonga and back to Melbourne.

“By sheer coincidence, also on the convoy were todayscountry94one 2011 Brand New Star winner Bryce Sainty and his partner Sarah Lanser. Bryce was booked as one of the entertainers for the convoy and did a fantastic job. Sarah is also a very talented musician and performer and she also performed during the trip.

“We spent two nights at each town and at each stop performed a mini concert, with performers such as Bryce & Sarah, Sunny Hawkings, Wendy Stapleton, magician Matt Hollywood and Daryl Braithwaite,” Ron said.

“Each concert was accompanied by a themed food night and audience members were able to purchase dinner and watch the show, with all proceeds going to the charity. At each town we filmed the area’s main tourist attractions and ‘shook the tin’ to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.”

Ron was delighted to be asked to perform in the concerts, with the highlight opening the final show in Federation Square, Melbourne, where Daryl Braithwaite was the headline act.

The summer series of What’s Up Downunder will go to air on Channel 10 soon (before the end of January) on Saturday at 5pm.


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