Country award finalist to feature on charity CD

TOYOTA Star Maker finalist Sarah Head represented Dubbo well in the Tamworth Country Music Festival competition despite not being crowned the winner on Saturday night.

Bathurst's Kaylee Bell took out the competition after the four finalists, also including Christie Lamb and Nathan Lamont, sang their hearts out for the title.

The 34-year-old competition is Australia's oldest music talent search, which has been a launching pad for the careers of previous winners Keith Urban, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Lee Kernaghan.

It is not the first time that Ms Head has been in the competition, previously being a finalist in 2012.

Ms Head was also one of the top five finalists in the Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards' Most Promising Future Star, which was won by fellow Toyota Star Maker finalist Christie Lamb.

As a finalist of the Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards, Ms Head's song Nothing Left To Play will be part of the People's Choice CD, which has been produced as a fundraiser for awards sponsor Trans-Help Foundation.

Ms Head had been a professional singer for eight years, moving to the Gold Coast from her childhood city of Dubbo to pursue her musical career.

She graduated from the Australian College of Country Music in 2007 and enjoyed coming back to Dubbo to perform.

As the winner of the competition, Ms Bell wouldtake home an album deal, recording session with some of the best musicians and producers the industry had to offer and a new Toyota with unlimited petrol.

The 2013 Toyota Star Maker Grand Final was judged by a panel of industry experts, with a public SMS vote contributing to 50 per cent of the decision.

This year, more than 70 entrants were brought down to 15 independent country music artists and then to four grand finalists.

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