Thursday 25th November 2010: Country and city met when the 2011 Jayco Tamworth Country Music Festival and the 39th Jayco Country Music Awards of Australia were together officially launched at The Mint on Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Hosted by multi award winning singer-songwriter Felicity Urquhart, the star studded event welcomed the announcement of the finalists for the 39th Jayco Country Music Awards of Australia. The awards recognise the best product releases from the country music genre in the past twelve months.
Also announced was radio personality Ray Hadley and Australia’s country music ‘poster girl’ Beccy Cole as the confirmed hosts of the industry’s night of nights.
Hadley, a long time supporter of the music genre said, “I am honoured to be hosting the 39th Country Music Awards of Australia, each year I listen out to hear who has picked up a Golden Guitar trophy. To be asked to be involved in the 2011 presentation will give me the chance to share in the excitement of the night. Having my mate and country music star Beccy Cole join me as co-host will make the night even more memorable. Tamworth in January 2011, that’s where I’ll be”.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival and Country Music Awards of Australia capture the heart and soul of the nation and is an iconic regional event on the NSW Master Events Calendar developed by Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
The Golden Guitar trophies will be awarded to the winners in each category on Saturday January 22nd 2011 in Tamworth, Australia’s Country Music Capital.
Leading the tally at the event was Kasey Chambers
scooping the pool with a total of seven nods for her Little Bird
album release. Chambers received finalist placing in ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR, HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR, VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR, APRA SONG OF THE YEAR and VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR for her duet with Kevin Bennett.
Closely following was Lee Kernaghan
with his Planet Country
album earning him six finalist places including ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, HERITAGE SONG ON THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR, APRA SONG OF THE YEAR and VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR.
Having recently picked up their first ARIA Award, The McClymonts
secured six finalist announcements for their Wrapped Up Good
album. The girls proudly received placing in ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR, GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR, VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR and SINGLE OF THE YEAR and scored their sixth finalist placement for Vocal Collaboration with Adam Harvey from his album Both Sides Now.
Other notable multi-finalists announced at the event included Graeme Connors with four finalist placings, as did McAlister Kemp and debut album finalist and 2010 Toyota Starmaker winner Luke Austen, and 2008 Female Artist of the Year Dianna Corcoran who scored three placings.
The 2011 Jayco Tamworth Country Music Festival will take place 14th-23rd January 2011. The 39th Jayco Country Music Awards of Australia will take place at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on Saturday 22nd January 2011.