Spotlight on local talent

Country music artist Jade Holland will feature as a guest artist at this weekend's Charters Towers Country Music Festival, dressed by Townsville's Peta C Dressmaking.

Local country music artist Jade Holland will feature as a guest artist and judge at this weekend’s Charters Towers Country Music Festival, inspiring the next generation of musicians in the Festival’s Talent Quest, and will do so in style.

Jade will attend the Festival dressed by Townsville designer Peta Cripps (Peta C Dressmaking), whose designs have previously featured at the TV Week Logies and Dally M Awards.

“I know people who go into stores, but then after trying outfits on, they find the same outfits online. Yes it’s cheaper, but we’re not supporting local and we still wonder why businesses go under,” said Jade.

“I love encouraging the creative side of things, I think that’s really special. You go to people like Peta and say ‘Make whatever you think will work,’ and they come up with these masterpieces that are gorgeous and you get to showcase someone else’s talent so I think that’s really special to do.”

As well as showcasing a local designer, Jade will help nurture North Queensland’s up-and-coming musicians in the Country Music Festival’s Talent Quest.

You’ve got to encourage people’s talent because these days, it’s too easy for us to give up on dreams or things that we love. Encouraging the next generation to come through doing what they love – whether it’s music, arts and crafts, any kind of performing, or even a trade qualification – we have to encourage it because people become slack or discouraged these days.”

Peta echoed Jade’s feelings, commenting on the lack of support out there for people in the dressmaking industry.

“It’s a dying trade – there’s no college or anything these days to help people that want to do it. There’s a lot of girls who want to get into it, which is why I do the sewing classes, they’re really popular,” Peta said.

“I left school at 15, and started off with school uniforms then slowly worked my way up. So I started at 15 and haven’t stopped since! I’ve loved every minute of it – it’s not work for me, it’s just play every day. I love it, all seven days a week.

“I’m doing this because I believe in Jade! I want her to go to Nashville and want to support her.”

Catch Jade Holland performing at the Charters Towers Country Music Festival from 11pm tonight at the Charters Towers Showgrounds. Gates open at 6pm, with live music and performances all weekend. Tickets are available at the gate.

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