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2019 Muster Talent Search

Gympie Music Muster is on the search for the next big name to hit Main Stage!

Prizes include a fully paid trip to Nashville 2020 as well as a full scholarship to The Academy in Tamworth, guaranteed performance spots at festivals around the country and much more.

Your Finalists

Aimee Francis

Aimee has toured the world and performed with international heavyweights along the way including the likes of Pat Benatar and Steel Panther, as well as national icons Rose Tattoo, Baby Animals, The Superjesus and Daryl Braithwaite.  Big Cliché will be the first single from her new EP dropping later this year.  With it comes an emotional reflection that would resonate with many and a change in musical style as Aimee matures both as a person and as a song writer.  

 

Ali Sacipovic

Ali S hails from Boulia in North West QLD, one of the most isolated places in the world. The last 18 months have been incredibly busy for Ali, with his first album “Couldn’t Do This On My Own”, debuting at Number 2 on the Australian iTunes Country Charts, his debut single, ‘I Need A Beer’, hitting number 3 on the Australian iTunes Country Charts.  Ali’s most recent single ‘Girls Beers Utes & Rodeo’ has reaches over 240,000 streams on Spotify, and received airtime on various international radio stations.  

Angela Easson

Angela Easson is a vibrant, up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Blitzing Australia’s modern country scene with her hard-earned reputation for mixing infectious melodies with intensely personal lyrics, Angela is rightly regarded as a rising star.  She has released an EP and two studio albums with maverick producer Robert Mackay. She has had 4 successful Top 20 hits including her single “Once Upon A Time” reaching #13. Angela’s ability to engage audiences and tell stories has kept her touring and working hard for the past decade.  

 

Kerryn Fields

Hailing from farming land in the heart of New Zealand, Kerryn Fields grew up amongst the story tellers in sheds – a talent she now brings to the stage, along with her unique style of alt-country songwriting. A fearless artist who is never happier than when she has a guitar in one hand and a journal in the other, Fields has experienced the depth and breadth of the human condition first hand. Having battled her way through a childhood illness, that saw her hospitalised for much of her teenage years, Fields now lives life as if it is a question that begs the answer “yes”. 

David Garnham & the Reasons to Live

David Garnham & the Reasons to Live look like truckers but sing like angels. Songs about love and booze fuelled by the isolation of the tropics. Three partharmonies in toe tappers, thigh slappers and sentimental moments to call your own.DG&TRTL haverecorded with Golden Guitar winning producer Shane Nicholson forthe follow up release to their debut album ‘Love Inside a Jar’ which won them NTSong of the Year and the Americana category in the International Song Competition.

Emily Hatton

Australian Country Singer-Songwriter Emily Hatton delivers catchy hooks and personal stories with energy and charisma. Emily taught herself to play guitar, and began adding melodies to her lyrics that convey a sense of hope and triumph over adversity. Music fans see her songwriting as a positive message that has relatability to their own experiences. “I believe a good song should take you on an emotional journey; make you care.When music I’ve created helps someone with what they’re going through…that’s the best feeling.”

J-L Rathbone

J-L Rathbone is a country music singer/songwriter from Queensland, Australia. Originally from the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Rathbone cut his teethperforming in a spread of bars, pubs and music festivals.  Since graduating University with a Bachelor of Music majoring in performance and sub in composition, Rathbone’s developed his own storytelling style – his songwriting invites the audience on a journey of celebration,contemplation and reflection whilst providing groove to dance all night.

Ruby Gilbert

Ruby Gilbert is nothing short of a sonic enchantress. Weaving a musical alchemy of Australiana-tinged experience meets Americana-style. Raw and heart-breaking, her voice evokes an old-time feel, while her lyrics are both strange and endearing. In 2018, Gilbert released her long-awaited debut EP “Dearly Beloved”. “Oh Bones”,the debut single, has been nominated for a Queensland Music Award and has also been featured in the Channel 7 TV show “Wanted”, and the upcoming ABC show “Diary of an Uber Driver”. 

 

Lucy Taylor

27 year old singer/songwriter from the Gold Coast, Lucy Taylor, loves playing piano and composing her own music.  She relishes in the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians and expand her musical style. She performs a mixture of styles and genres, and fans can’t get enough of her performing country music as her voice and style are so well suited to the country music genre. 

Jarrod Hickling

Hailing from the Githabul Tribe locatedin Muli Muli, New South Wales, Jarrod grewup in a gospelhomewith strong ties to the church.A dynamic artist set to light up the country music scene, hissoundis a mix of countryand gospel. Agraduate of the CMAA Senior Academy Of Country musicin 2019, hehas sung with his heroesTroy Cassar-Daley & Adam Harvey and hopes to one daybecome a professional in his own right

Cam Ellisis

Cam Ellisis a singer songwriter based inPerth, Western Australia.His style is a blend of pop, acoustic and blues.Cam began music age 10 playing the trumpet and soon moved ontothe guitar andsongwritingaround age 13. He attended the Western Australian Academy ofPerforming Arts in 2009 to study composition. He now plays music for a living,gigging regularlyaround Western Australia. His influences include John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Tommy Emmanuel.

Jacynta’lee Glaspy

This vivacious 26 year old singer, songwriter from Malanda, Far NorthQueensland was born in Gympie – home of the Muster! She began performing when she was just 6 years old, in Talent Quests throughout QLD and NSW. A highlight of Jacynta’lee’s music career was receiving a scholarship to the prestigious Camerata (Junior Country Music Academy)  in 2009. Jacynta’lee has supported The McClymonts, Adam Brand and Amber Lawrence. 

Mardi Wilson

Raw and authentic, Mardi Wilson is a Brisbane based musician, making waves in the industry with her unique surf folk style and soulful lyrics. From an early age Mardi enjoyed writing lyrics and poetry but was officially introduced to the world of music when she started learning the drums at the age of 12. Mardi incorporates guitar, vocals and foot percussion into her performances. She is constantly inspired by the people in her life and her natural surroundings to create music which continues to resonate with audiences as she travels and plays. 

Will Day

SURVIVING a decade as a full-time country artist providing for his family by playing more than 250 gigs each year is an achievement Will Day is proud of.   “Audiences love Will… and with his all-round performing skills, it isn’t surprising. His original songs are thoughtful,well-crafted and polished-Will Day is the whole package”–Allan Caswell. Recently Will released his new single ‘In The Real World’. The track debuted at number 5 on the AustralianItunes Country Charts and reached number one on Australian Country Radio

Kylie Ryan

Kylie is a self-confessed late starter in the country music industry with 2017 seeing her debut. She quickly gained positive reviews, chart placings and high rotation airplay on country and community radio stations across the country with her debut single, Got Me In, followed by Slow Me Down and Everytime from the ‘Dream Chaser’ EP. Kylie is currently working on new music to be released in mid to late 2019. Her friendly, down to earth disposition coupled with her engaging, charismatic stage presence makes Kylie an emerging country artist to watch.

Lizzie Steadman

2019 Toyota Star Maker grand finalist Lizzie Steadman tells a heartfelt story through her song writing and empowering vocals, incorporating soul, folk, blues and country. Lizzie’s varied life has translated into her songs. Awarded the Troy Cassar-Daley Indigenous scholarship to attend the CMAA Academy of Country Music in 2018 and attending the DAG sheep station at Nundle NSW, for a songwriter retreat in 2018, where she was mentored by Luke O’Shea, Shane Nicholson, Aleyce Simmonds, Kevin Bennet, Jeremy Edwards and Brad Butcher are highlights. 

 

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Semi-Finals : Fri, 23 & Sat, 24 August 2019

Grand Final  : Sun, 25 August 2019 

Sammy White

The warm vocal tones of Sammy White exude emotion and make the audience feelthe heartfelt, lyrically driven stories behind her music. Sammy’s sound is a perfectblend of her love for country with a hint of pop and soul. At just 21 years old, Sammy has established herself as an alt country musician, and has recorded two original tracks with Lachlan Bryan and Damian Cafarella at the helm. Sammy headed to Nashville in June 2019 to record an EP produced by Dianna Corcoran. She holds a teaching position at Townsville’s highly regarded, ‘The Voice Singing School’ as a Vocal/Guitar Coach and is mentored six time Golden Guitar winner, Lyn Bowtell.

Tahlia Matheson

With her will to succeed, sweet melodies and strong vocals she is a home-grownsinger songwriter not to be missed. Tahlia has travelled around the world, to Nashville, Tennessee, where she spent five weeks songwriting and had the amazing opportunity to perform at The BlueBird Cafe. In London she attended an intensive songwriting workshop at The London Institute of Contemporary Performance. In late 2018 Tahlia released her debut EP ‘Wait and See’ containing 4 original songs with the positive feedback giving her extra confidence as she continued her full schedule of gigs.Tahlia is working hard to again take her music and career to the next level in 2019.

Tiah Ashley

Tiah Ashley’sstyle is “contemporary country”. Attending  the CMAA junior and senior academy in Tamworth helped to develop her singing, guitar playing and song writing skills. In 2013 Tiah was fortunate enough to travel to Nashville and participate in an artist development program, where she had the opportunity to co-write with some of Nashville’sbest song writers and record her first EP with Dolly Parton’s Producer Kent Wells.This first EPwas released on Spotify and iTunes in 2014 and shortly after she released amusic video to the first track on the EP “Already Gone” which was played on the CMC. More recently Tiahhas been doing a lot of song writing in preparation to go back into the studio later in the year.

Vixens of Fall

  Kristina, Adrienne and Anneliese Whitehouse have music and performance in their blood. Still tracing their indigenous family history, the girls have  discovered a harmonious, earthy sound, rich in promise and beguiling in the natural beauty that shines from their hearts and echoes from their lips. They have blended their unique brand of country rock and have started to write andshare their original material to popular acclaim. Following the success oftheir first single “Jeremiah” in 2017 the girls recently recording their debut EP “The Way We Love”  produced by the highly acclaimed Michael Moko .

Paul Crowder

Paul has had amazing success with his 1st release-an EP of traditional style country songs that speak of life, love and family.  His 1st single release “LittleSteps” (a story of Paul and Joanne’s journey together) spend 2 weeks at number 1at Tamworths 88.9 FM. “Baby Please” hit number 2 on Australian Country tracks top 40. Paul is hoping to hit the recording studio again soon with a load of self penned songsthat he is sure will contain something positive for everyone and maybe something that will tug on your heartstrings just a little! Paul has been support act for several Australian artists including-Travis Collins,Amber Lawrence, The Adam Eckersley Band-as well as Adam Eckersley andBrooke McClymont, plus Kirsty Lee Akers.

Tracey Barnett

Western Australian singer-songwriter Tracey Barnett has been wowing audiences with her distinctive, high-energy brand of blues, roots, and country music for over a decade. A multi-instrumentalist and dynamic performer,her powerful stage presence inspires hopefulness, connectedness and pure, unadulteratedfun. Tracey’s song-writing is inspired by a deep sense of connection–with herself, others and the environment. Barnett’s debut album Heart, Soul, Feeling was released in 2017, receiving plenty of airplay across community radio, ABC Radio and Triple J’s Roots ‘n All program.

 

Junior Finalists

Josie

In 2018 Josie mentored by Jayne Denham at the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music and wrote a song with Golden Guitar winner Travis Collins, which has been a hit amongst the crowds at her gigs. With a solid library of her own songsstraight from the heart, along with her many accolades, at only 16 nothing can get in the way of Josie, and her bright and bubbly personality is a real crowd pleaser!

Jorja Belle

Since the Gympie Muster Talent Search in 2018, Jorja has participated in schools Spectacular as part of the core choir, and has taken part in local concerts opening for Shannon Noll, Taylor Henderson and the Bushwackers, as well as Mental as Anything at a Day in Orchard in Griffith NSW. She is attending the Junior Academy inTamworth in July for the second time after winning a scholarship. 

Kasey Kilsby

At only 15, Kasey has already been playing music for 10 years, throughout that time he has received many songwriting and performance awards and has performed with artists including Tory Cassar-Daley, Shane Nicholson, Bill Chambers, Adam Harvey! In 2016 Kasey had the honour of performing as a 12 year old Troy Cassar-Daley in amilestones tribute atthe Golden Guitar Awards. Kasey is currently self producing an EP of his original songs. It’s safe to say Kasey is well on the way through an extraordinary musical journey!

Sophie Volp

After graduating the Junior Country Music Academy of Australia, Sophie was excited to open up her music to a larger audience at her first Tamworth Festival in 2019 at the well-known annual Carter & Carter Gospel Show and SHINE Concert. Sophie also has a passion for musical theatre and has been performing in musicals since the age of 10. 

Trinity Woodhouse

Trinity Woodhouse is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Hunter Valley who loves to perform. Since attending the Junior Academy of Country Music in 2017, Trinity has written a number of songs with the likes of; Allan Caswell, David Carter (Carter and Carter), Roger Corbett (TheBushwhackers) and Troy Kemp. Trinity connects with the audience through honest lyricsand sweet, but strong alto vocals.

Sarah Hamze

Sarah Hamzeis a 12 year old singer/songwriter from Brisbane who dreams of acareer as a Country Music Artist. She finds inspiration in the music of CarrieUnderwood, Kasey Chambers and AleyceSimmonds. Sarah is the 2019 winner of the Coca Cola Battle of the Young Stars (Intermediate) in Tamworth and the 2019 Junior winner of the Redlands Country Music Songwriting Festival. Sarah loves to play Country Music Festivals farand wide, making lots ofnew friends along the way.

Keely Sliwka

Keely is no stranger to bigger stages, having opened for Travis Collins and performed with such artists as Brad Butcher, Karin Page, Chelsea Basham, and Bill Chambers. Keely Sliwka was named Finalist at the Mount Franklin talent search as well as Aristocrats Entertainer of the Year, whilst also enjoying the atmosphere and opportunity to busk at Tamworth 2019. 

Sari Abbott

Sari loves playing guitar and singing. Last year she started songwriting and currently has four original songs. She is part of a school band Soul Collective and studies music as a full time elective. She loves travelling to new places and busking with her Cole Clark Angel Guitar. Playing music is Sari’s dream!

Tyler Hammill

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Tyler Hammill has been surrounded by beautiful people and scenery, he’s gone through tough times and unforgettable times. Being a singer/songwriter gives Tyler the opportunity to express his time in song. Tyler wants to give back to the people that have given him everything.

 
 

Emmagen Rain

Emmagen Rain was named the People’s Choice Winner at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championship where she performed in front of thousands of people. She headed to Nashville to write and record her own music at Blackbird Studios.

 
 

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