SINGING SENSATION: Jacinta Byrne will be attending the junior course of The Academy in Tamworth from July 6-12.
SINGING SENSATION: Jacinta Byrne will be attending the junior course of The Academy in Tamworth from July 6-12. contributed

Young artist to show off talents at Junior Academy

JACINTA Byrne is one of the young talents set to shine at the 2019 Country Music Association Of Australia Junior Academy, where she will get the chance to learn from music greats.

After winning the Ekka Scholarship, the 15-year-old Thargomindah singer and songwriter will be among one of the young artists aged 10 to 18 travelling to Tamworth in July to be taught from the cream of Australian country music mentors.

"I've loved singing for as long as I can remember. It's always been a passion of mine,” Miss Byrne said.

"I'm looking forward to writing country rock songs alongside some artists I really look up to.”

Winning overall artist in a country music festival last year after she sung an original, Jacinta is looking forward to using the academy as a stepping stone for pursuing a career in music when she is older.

"I love being on stage and performing,” she said.

"Funnily enough, I am shyer in front of a smaller crowd than a big one. Once I'm up on stage, the nerves just vanish.

"The first song I wrote was a tribute to the ANZACS and for my others, I found inspiration from personal experiences.”

Jacinta will be in close contact with award-winning insiders and professionals including Seven-time Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell and Bushwackers member Roger Corbett to learn about songwriting, music business, promotion, media, interviewing techniques, recording, and performance.

"A major highlight for me is seeing the growth that the students undergo through the intensive course,” Ms Bowtell said.

With 27 students and their parents attending from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA and one from New Zealand, the course will give the young artists the opportunity to co-write songs with guest songwriters, ending with a graduation concert.

The Academy Live! performance will be on Friday, July 12 at 7pm at The Family Hotel in Tamworth. Entry is $10


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