Ekka showdown for rising country music stars

The search for Queensland’s next country music star is on, with entries opening today for the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) Country Music Showdown Competition presented by Ringers Western.

Now in its eighth year, the competition offers rising country music stars the chance to battle it out for career-boosting prizes worth more than $15,000.

Musicians aged 12 years and over will compete in the ultimate music experience, performing two songs to Ekka crowds on stage at the XXXX Stockmen’s Bar and Grill.

A win in this competition means a boost to an artist’s music career, with previous winner Blake O’Conner touring Australia with country music couple Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley and releasing an album in 2019.

Competitors have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including recording sessions at Airlock Studios and Taramalin Sound, a scholarship to The Academy – which is Australia’s premier music program for emerging artists, a photoshoot package and a cash prize courtesy of Ringers Western.

Head of Entertainment Tony Laffan said the Ekka is proud to hold a competition that showcases emerging country music talents.

“It’s time for artists to warm up their vocal cord and tune their guitars as once again the music industry has shown their support for the competition by offering up some fantastic prizes,” he said.

“Ekka is all about celebrating the best of Queensland and encouraging emerging talents across all industries, including the arts.”

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