Ten fresh finalists announced for 40th Toyota Star Maker
The 40th Toyota Star Maker has announced its 10 finalists for 2019.
Toyota Star Maker has been the launchpad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Travis Collins, Gina Jeffreys, Beccy Cole, Sam McClymont (The McClymonts), Darren Coggan, Lyn Bowtell, Kirsty Lee Akers, and Kaylee Bell.
In 2019, the competition will reach an extraordinary milestone – 40 years of influencing the Australian country music industry. It’s also Australia’s longest-running search for a new country music star.
The free event will be held on Sunday, January 20 at Toyota Park, in Tamworth, as traditionally the main event of the first weekend of the 47th Toyota Country Music Festival.
The ten are:
Arna Georgia, Sans Souci NSW
Blake O’Connor, Port Macquarie NSW
Chelsea Berman, Terrigal NSW
Jake Sinclair, Springhurst Vic
Juliet Oliver, McLaren Vale SA
Leigha Moore, Sippy Downs Qld
Linc Phelps, Gympie Qld
Lizzie Steadman, Kootingal NSW
Matt James, Mt Gambier SA
Stephanie Penrose, Moore Creek NSW
Event producer Barry Harley said: “Many of the benefits of being part of the Star Maker family are intangible – but absolutely priceless.
“The networking among the past alumni and the current crop of Toyota Star Makers is extraordinary. You can’t put a price on that.”
The winner’s prize package includes the use of a new Toyota vehicle and a fuel card for 12 months, plus guaranteed performances at major festivals and events throughout Australia.
A full prize list can be found at starmaker.com.au
Toyota Australia chief marketing officer Wayne Gabriel is delighted to continue Toyota’s support of the event.
“We want to inspire people to start their impossible, and Toyota Star Maker is the perfect platform for young artists to launch their career,” he said.
“Last year’s winner Brad Cox, as well as previous winners such as Lee Kernaghan and Sam McClymont are perfect examples of that.
On Wednesday, January 23, Toyota Star Maker will present its 40 years with a concert featuring 28 past winners, and hosted by Nick Erby.
Tickets are on sale now through Entertainment Venues.