Townsville singer-songwriter Tammy Moxon will compete in the Grand Final of Australia’s most prestigious talent competition this Sunday, 21 January 2018, when she goes head to head with another nine of the nation’s best emerging country music performers at the 39th Annual Toyota Star Maker Competition.
The overall winner will walk away with more than $100,000 in prizes and – more notably – one of the biggest industry leg-ups a musician could ask for.
Tammy said the opportunities she’s been given as a Grand Finalist were not lost on her.
“This is an incredible opportunity for any aspiring Australian Country Music Artist to come forth on the stage of greatest industry exposure. That’s just for being a Finalist,” said Tammy. “Winning is another kettle of fish and allows for changing an artist’s life and lifting their career to new and better heights. No reward is greater for someone starting out, like me.”
Tammy’s love for country music is rooted in her early years, when she was inspired to start singing by her Dad.
“I saw him performing at the Charters Towers Country Music Festival’s big stage when I was four years old. I ran out of mum’s arms and said, ‘I need to go up there and help him!’
“Since then, all I have wanted to do is get on a big stage and sing the music I know best. Dad taught me how to sing and how to express feeling in a song. Country is the perfect genre that allows me to do that.”
While it’s been a long road, the softly spoken songstress has really hit her stride in the last four years, winning the Charters Towers Country Music Festival in 2014 and being accepted to the Academy of Country Music the following year.
“It was there I met the Producer, Roger Corbett, of my first album, Fall in Time – released in 2016. I released my first single, Home Ground, to country radio in June, 2016.”
Tammy said the process of writing, recording and promoting her own work forced her to grow as an artist.
“If you’re in this industry, you need to really want to be in it. Nothing comes to you for nothing. There’s hard work involved. I received crowd funding for about a quarter of the costs to produce the album. I was extremely flabbergasted by the support. Roger and I wrote unfinished songs in the studio and recorded demos and then had the musicians come in and lay down takes. The launch was great – the support was wonderful.
“I just recently received another shipment of albums. Being able to say that is pretty exciting.”
While the outcome Sunday’s Star Maker Grand Final is as yet unknown, Tammy is prepared for plenty of hard work whether she wins or not: she has signed with Kobalt Music Publishing Australia and is due to begin recording her second album with Shane Nicholson in April, with its release expected later this year.
Tammy Moxon’s Toyota Star Maker Grand Final performance will be live streamed on the Tamworth Country Music Festival’s website, and the Seaview Hotel will hold a Viewing Party from 5.30pm on Sunday, 21 January 2018.