COUNTRY ST YLE IN THE GENES
COUNTRY music is in Noeleen Smith’s blood.
The Townsville singer, who grew up in Charters Towers, inherited her musical talent from her father.
“He was what we’d call a backyard singer, a barbecue singer,” she said.
“He played everything by ear ... piano, banjo, guitar ...
“Dad was an inspiration for us five girls.
“My sister and I do a duo together playing around Townsville. We’re called The Charlies. When we do gigs we sometimes get Dad up on stage.”
Smith said attending and playing at the Charters Towers Music Festival helped fuel her passion for the genre.
Now 46 years old and a mother of three, Smith is about to release her first EP, The Battle, with some of the songs already attracting attention from country music radio stations.
“Age is no barrier I guess when comes to music,” she said. “I’m living the dream at 46 years old. “I always sort of thought it was a young person’s thing but I’m doing it.”
Smith started work on the five- song EP a year and a half ago, recording it with Parkway Studios in Townsville.
The Battle will be launched on July 22 at the Bohle Barn Hotel.