Singer-songwriter, Georgie Taylor 16 of Thornlands has been named overall festival winner in the 38th annual Redlands Modern Country Music festival held at Pinklands Sports Reserve on May 4 to 6.
Georgie received first place awards in the categories of open novice, junior vocal, Australian bush ballad/song, performer’s choice junior, anything goes (in a comedy duo with friend Sydney Brand) and best performer junior.
In 2017 Georgie gained recognition for her music as the RedArts young and emerging artist 2017, receiving a nomination for the Redland City Council Australia Day awards cultural award and graduated from the CMAA junior academy of country music.
Her mother Angela Taylor said she believed the valuable training she received at the CMAA Junior Academy had been fundamental in Georgie’s development as an emerging artist.
“This enabled her to hone her songwriting skills and gave her opportunities to co-write with professional songwriters. At the academy she learned about the music industry and was introduced to mentors who are currently guiding her on her musical journey,” Mrs Taylor said.
Georgie released her debut single Insane in January 2018 and is in the final stages of production on her four-track original song EP which is due out in coming months.
Mrs Taylor said the Redlands Modern Country Music Club fostered musicians to explore country music and entertain others.
“Watching the young Joes perform their songs with such confidence shows there is much potential for a bright future in country music.”
Georgie has also been nominated as a finalist for the Patti McKinnon encouragement award at the ICMA awards, an award that recognises young, emerging talent in Australian country music with winners announced at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2019.
You can vote for Georgie and your favourite independent Australian Country artists for an ICMA award at indiecountrymusicaustralia.com.