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No really, its all too exciting…this is the press release from Heather’s recent win in the Cairns Heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition

As part of her journey toward the Telstra Road to Tamworth Final in Tamworth next January, Heather will progress to the next stage of the competition – which includes a performance at one of Sydney’s biggest sporting events – the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar event held at Homebush in December.

“Boot Camp” is a music development workshop where contestants will gain valuable experience and advice from leading music industry professionals, as well as the opportunity to rehearse with a full band.

As part of the camp, Heather will perform in front of V8 Supercar fans together with The McClymonts and past TRTT winners.

Heather qualified for “Boot Camp” after beating a strong local line up of 11 other performers and impressing the judges at the Cairns heat, held during Festival Cairns on the Esplanade Hub stage yesterday.

Judges Bill Page, Creative Manager for Mushroom Music and one of Australia’s biggest country stars James Blundell, who also performed for the local crowd, said Heather showed the most potential and stood out as having a point of difference from the other contenders.

Originally from Ravenshoe in the Atherton Tablelands which is Queensland’s highest town, Heather moved to Cairns earlier this year to broaden her music career opportunities and complete Year 11 at Smithfield State High School.

Heather comes from a strong line of Irish music heritage – her mother’s great uncle Ronald Maconaghie, OBE, shared the stage with Dame Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti and was also seen on the small screen with legendary Grace Kelly.

Shifting the family music genre from opera to country, Heather showed off her musical talent performing a track by Miley Cyrus, The Climb, backed up with an original ballad titled Bluebird which showcased her songwriting, melodic vocals and solid guitar playing ability.

Standing on stage alongside her fellow contestants for the final result, Heather was preparing to congratulate the winner when she heard her name called.

“Everyone was just so awesome. There was no way I thought I’d win,” she said. “I would really love to thank my Mum who has always been so supportive and encouraged me every step of the way!”

Heather receives an Epiphone acoustic guitar, and if successful at Boot Camp, will receive $1,000 cash and progress through to the Telstra Road to Tamworth Finals held in Tamworth next January alongside seven other performers.

As part of their prize package, the winning performer in Tamworth will receive the opportunity to record their material during a return paid trip to the global home of country music, Nashville, USA.

Aspiring songwriters also have until 1 November to enter the Telstra Road to Tamworth songwriter category for their chance to win a trip to Nashville.

Local community groups within 400 kilometres of Cairns have until midnight on Sunday 30 August to enter for their chance to a win a musical equipment grant through the Keep the Music Playing initiative.

The winning community group will be one of 13 groups across the country that is awarded a musical equipment package which includes instruments and recording equipment. Each group will be able to choose from one of four packages.

To enter, local community groups need to explain in 150 words or less why they deserve to win.

For more information on the Telstra Road to Tamworth and how to enter Keep the Music Playing please visit www.telstra.com/beinvolved

Ever Had a Press Release About You?!

Caroline Angell

Kenilworth, Australia

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