The Goulburn Valley Country Music Festival has announced the winners for its local country showcase.
Jade Gibson, Madi Colville-Walker, JB & Me and Kane Vincent were the four artists chosen to take the big stage at the inaugural event.
Each local artist will perform a set at the festival from some of the biggest names in country music, including Casey Barnes, Brad Cox and Lee Kernaghan.
The festival is hosted by Red Hill Entertainment, which is run by brothers Aidan and Rhett McLaren, the driving force behind sister event Gippsland Country Music Festival and Shepparton’s Land of Plenty, as well as an array of other music events. live.
Festival director Aidan McLaren said that with more than 25 entries, the decision proved difficult.
“It was incredibly difficult to pick just four, which is a testament to the incredible talent of country music in the region.” he said.
“We are delighted to have chosen Jade Gibson, Madi Colville-Walker, JB & Me and Kane Vincent as the winners of the Local Country Showcase.
“From classic country to modern country pop to acoustic storytelling, these musicians truly present the best of country music from the region, and we know they are going to bring something incredibly special to their sets at the festival. “
For Wangaratta artist Jade Gibson, the festival was a non-negotiable event even before it was chosen.
“I already had takeout tickets – I wasn’t expecting it at all, it was amazing, so I’m so thrilled,” she said.
“They sent me through the poster to finalize, I was so overwhelmed to see my name up there with people I admire.
“It’s a sign of good things to come after all of the turmoil we’ve been through over the past two years.”
Kane Vincent was also pleasantly surprised by the news.
“I hoped so but I didn’t expect it, I just entered the competition and was lucky, also with a pinch of talent, I guess,” he said with a laugh.
After starting full-time music just four years ago, Mr. Vincent had his eyes peeled on the festival stage at an event in Canberra, where he landed on stage after reserved performers were unable to attend because of flooding.
“I volunteered and stood in front of 1000 people, it was a special moment. I remember thinking, “I want to do this as an artist,” he said.
“It will be great to be alongside talented actors in the showcase and play some new original music.”
Alannah Williams, half of JB & Me, said the winning entry came as a shock, but even more so to her duo partner Justin Boschetti.
“We won and I was so excited I screamed and said to Justin, ‘We have it! “But he looks so confused,” she said.
“I realized that I forgot to tell him that I had entered!” But we’re so excited to be a part of it.
Madi Colville-Walker is a proud Yorta Yorta woman, with experience playing her music through Victoria.
Mr McLaren said the team had been “overwhelmed by the positive response from the community of Goulburn Valley”.
“We’ve done a lot of research and know this region has been calling for an event like this, and we’re very proud to celebrate Shepp’s incredible local talent,” he said.
We are very grateful for the support the local country music community has given to the event and hope this is something special that we can have here for everyone to enjoy for many years to come. . “
The event will take place on Sunday April 10 at the Shepparton Showgrounds. Second-out tickets are on sale and are selling out quickly.
For more information visit www.goulburnvalleycountrymusicfestival.com.au