Townsville country artist Jade Holland is preparing for the biggest moment of her career, as she heads to the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival next week to face the judges of Australia’s most prestigious talent competition.
Holland is one of 10 Finalists in the famed Toyota Star Maker Competition – the same event that launched some of Australia’s biggest names in country music including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffries and Beccy Cole.
Holland won’t only be looking to put her name on the national stage, but a slew of other Townsville-based talent too.
“Toyota Star Maker is a huge deal in the music world and it just wouldn’t be right for me to play the Star Maker stage without rocking some of the amazing Towsville businesses that have supported me in getting there,” said Holland.
“I’ll be wearing an incredible custom-designed outfit that fuses rock chick and country romance by Bobel the Label and adding some serious bling thanks to the team at Jewellery By Design. I love to showcase Townsville in everything I do and it feels good to know that I’ll have a little piece of home with me when I play the most important gig of my life.”
Townsville film-maker Maddy Voinea of Blue Kino will also be in the spotlight at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, with the clip he produced for Holland’s latest single Good Day a finalist in the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards’ Best Video Clip category.
“Maddy and his team produced an absolutely amazing video, set on the incredible Magnetic Island, and I’m so excited that their hard work is being noticed,” said Holland.
Holland is a finalist for four People’s Choice Awards, which will also be announced at the Tamworth Country Music Festival:
- Best Female Vocal
- Best Song (Good Day)
- Best Video Clip (Good Day); and
- Most Promising Future Star.
“I’ve been to Tamworth about 10 times now, but this year is going to be totally different. Toyota Star Maker and the People’s Choice Award nominations will take the experience to a whole new level,” Holland said.
“I’m super nervous and super excited. Win or lose, these opportunities are going to open doors for me in a big way. I’m making contacts and building relationships that I might never have had the opportunity to do, especially without Star Maker.
“To be selected from hundreds of entrants is a dream come true and if I do impress the judges enough to win, the prize will set me up for a great second album, some huge shows and who knows what else.”
Jade Holland will play 13 shows at the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival, including the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final on Sunday 22 January 2017. Townsville fans can stream the show live from the Tamworth Country Music Festival website.