Orange’s Clancy Pye prepares to take the stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival during the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final | West Central Daily

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Orange singer and songwriter Clancy Pye has been selected as a finalist for the Toyota Star Maker at the 50th anniversary Tamworth Country Music Festival. The grand finale was due to take place at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Sunday, but has been postponed along with the rest of the festival and will now take place on April 19. -family based band. Now she works as a physiotherapist at Orange Hospital but still has a passion for music and this is the second time she has been selected for the Grand Final. She said she was disappointed that the event was postponed because she was ready to perform, but she is delighted that the pageant has not been canceled like in 2021. thrill,’ Miss Pye said. “I hope some people who couldn’t come in January will be able to show up. [It’s the] 50th birthday, it’s going to be bigger than normal.” Miss Pye was one of the finalists in 2020, the last time the contest was held, but at the time she hadn’t released any music. However, exposure from the contest brought her to the attention of people across Australia who are now following her musical journey.”I released an EP and a few singles,” she said. written about 120 songs in the past year. Miss Pye’s brother, Mickey Pye, won the competition, which allowed him to release an album and travel abroad. kind of motivated me to apply and try again,” she said. “I was really excited, I was really focused on writing [music] for the past two years and now I’m looking to release music, it’s also such a prestigious competition, even to make the top 10.” Toyota Star Maker coordinator Cheryl Brown said after the cancellation out of competition in 2021 due to COVID-19, it was a great pleasure to return to competition, especially on the festival’s 50th anniversary.” This year’s top 10 are a truly inspiring and talented group, who comes from a variety of backgrounds and talents, who has also managed to continue her craft despite the past 18 months,” she said. Selected from nearly 100 entries, the top 10 will perform two of their songs on stage during the Star Maker Grand Finale at the 2022 Toyota Country Music Festival at Toyota Park. Miss Pye will compete, featuring: Billie-Jo Porter from Coffs Harbour, Brittany Elise from Queensland, Charlie Fittler from Armidale, Heath Lancaster from Kempsey, Jade Gibson from Victoria, Jake Davey from Taree, Katie Jayne from Scone, Loren Ryan from Tamworth and Max Jackson of Carringt at. Miss Pye said her two songs will both be original and will include one she has released and one that has yet to be released. “I have no doubt that the 2022 Grand Final concert will be a tough but exciting competition,” Ms Brown said. “There is a large percentage of Star Maker alumni who set huge goals in their careers and we are very proud of their success knowing the role Star Maker played in the very beginning.” Having witnessed the he rise of artists like Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole and the new generation of artists including Kaylee Bell, Rachael Fahim, Brad Cox, Blake O’Connor and many more over the years validates the importance from a platform like Star Maker.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, breaking news from the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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