News July 15, 2019

Toyota Star Maker is back & looking for rising country music stars

Toyota Star Maker is back & looking for rising country music stars

will be searching for the next Keith Urban ’til summer comes around.

As country music continues to trickle into mainstream playlists, Star Maker is one talent search that’s been unearthing the industry’s breakthrough stars for over 40 years.

Former winners include Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Travis Collins, Beccy Cole, Sam McClymont (The McClymonts), Lyn Bowtell and Kirsty Lee Akers.

Coordinator Cheryl Brown says organisers are on the lookout for talent with “the country music x-factor”.

“We are looking for someone who is already making a considerable impression in country music; someone who has the country music x-factor; is driven and articulate; motivated and talented and someone who lives country music.

“Entrants should already be working in the scene and have basic business knowledge and prepared to work with a team with 40 year’s experience.”

Toyota’s commitment to Star Maker is inspiring both finalists and, in particular, the annual winner, with their passion to progress, setting the benchmark in showcasing Australian country music’s best new talent.

“Each year, we are impressed by the raw talent showcased and celebrated during Toyota Star Maker,” says Toyota chief marketing officer Wayne Gabriel.

“We look forward to crowning the next star in Australian country music in 2020.”

Star Maker shines a spotlight on the winner and aims to provide five years of career development.

The 2018 winner Brad Cox came to Star Maker as a virtual unknown.

Just 18 months after winning, Cox has signed with the Mirror Music Group, responsible for the global success of rock band Gang Of Youths.

Applications for the 41st Toyota Star Maker open today (July 15) and close Monday, September 30.

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