BY LAWRENCE MACHADO
An inspiring visit to Australia’s famed wine-growing Barossa Valley has catapulted our very own country music star Kylie Adams-Collier within grasp of her first Tamworth Songwriters Salute Award. Songbird Kylie wrote and recorded the delightful Camel Up Earlston Said last year and is chuffed the single – produced by Kross Kut Records’ Lindsay Waddington – made it into the prestigious awards.
“It is is a very prestigious, long running award entered by many talented songwriters around Australia,” Adams-Collier said. “To be judged as a finalist is a huge pat on the back. There are 14 songwriting categories in the awards.”
Because of COVID, the awards, usually held in January in Tamworth, will be streamed live on YouTube at 7pm on Tuesday, January 19.
“COVID stopped me dead in my tracks, and tours and festivals were cancelled last year,” Adams-Collier said. “Thankfully my music single releases get a lot of radio airplay around Australia, including Hawkesbury Radio 89. The nomination means the world to me. My song entry Camel Up Earlston Said’ was inspired by a trip around the Barossa Valley while on tour. “This is the third time I have made the finals so fingers crossed.”
The contest is judged by well-known industry folks, including radio presenters and artists.
Adams-Collier is a super ambassador for country music, having been on the road and air for more than 30 years. She presents and produces the popular national Good Morning Country program on Thursdays on the Community Radio Network.
She has won two Brumby awards, a Stan Coster Australian Memorial Bush Ballad Award and Gidgee Coal gong and was a finalist in the Australian Songwriters Association National Songwriting Awards.
Adams-Collier has used her extra time due to the lack of touring to study her certificate 3 in screen and media.
“I have also been re-visiting songs, writing more songs and continuing my weekly Good Morning Country national radio program,” she said. “I have begun to network in my community with other artists and have recently joined the Rotary Club of Kenthurst which will lead onto more contacts and events. It’s great spending more time with family too.”
The busy artist has plenty of plans this year if all goes well.
“My main plans this year are to continue my radio program, write my next album,book tours for next year, travel to Queensland in May for the Bouldy Bush Ballad Bash,” Adams-Collier said. “I want to plan a mini-tour around a gig in the central west, prepare for Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022, study and get to know my local community.”
Adams-Collier, who writes from the heart, has released five albums, including two with the Snow Leopards on Waterfront Records and three solo albums.