Tamworth thrill


Landsdale singer Sharmain Kendrick is performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Picture: Martin Kennealey  d448212
Landsdale singer Sharmain Kendrick is performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Picture: Martin Kennealey d448212

After releasing her debut single Break Your Heart in August, the 28-year-old said she wanted to do as many shows in Tamworth as she could.

“To play at Australia’s largest country music festival is going to be such an amazing experience,” she said before flying out last Friday.

“To perform my music to country music fans from all over Australia is also very exciting. I’ll be performing my own songs that I have written or co-written as well as a few country music covers which everyone enjoys.”

Travelling with her acoustic guitarist Mike Gorman, Kendrick said the Tamworth shows would be some of her biggest ever.

“I have performed in front of big crowds before, and at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, but I would say Tamworth is going to be huge,” she said.

Kendrick is also one of 10 finalists for the festival’s Star Maker 2016 competition, which helps to launch the careers of country music artists.

Previous winners have included Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban, James Blundell, Gina Jeffreys and Beccy Cole.

“I know that Tamworth is going to do wondrous things for my career,” she said.

“It will help spread my music to country music fans from all over Australia and I’m hoping it will bring some great opportunities too.”

She said she was also excited and honoured to be the opening act for Adam Brand’s Tamworth show on January 23.

“I have grown up listening to Adam’s music since I was little and throughout my music career,” she said.

n Kendrick has been nominated in three categories for the WA Country Music Awards to be held in Boyup Brook on February 19 – Single of the Year and Video of the Year for Break Your Heart and Emerging Talent of the Year.