Teen to sing for global coun­try mu­sic stars

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RUWADE BRYANT

Pukekohe’s very own coun­try mu­sic star will be per­form­ing in front of two hugely pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional singers dur­ing the Stam­pede Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on March 4.

Singer/song­writer, Jas­mine Til­yard, 15, who found her call­ing be­hind the mi­cro­phone at the age of seven, has been of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to per­form at the coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val to be held at Pukekohe Park Race­way. There, she will sing at the Wild Horse Sa­loon VIP area where she will play for both the VIP au­di­ence and coun­try mu­sic stars, LeAnn Rimes and Scotty McCreery, who are head­lin­ing the event. ‘‘I’m pretty ex­cited about it. ‘‘Be­ing on the big stage is cool, but to be en­ter­tain­ing the en­ter­tain­ers, that’s a pretty big thing to say [you’ve done in your life],’’ said Jas­mine.

The young ris­ing star, who won the 2013 Ju­nior En­ter­tainer of the Year award when she was 12, has been such a big fan of Rimes since she started singing coun­try, that many of her awards have stemmed from cov­er­ing the artist’s songs.

‘‘Ever since I was seven, I’ve been singing her [Rimes’] songs,’’ Jas­mine said.

‘‘I’ve sung a lot of her songs so it would be re­ally cool to meet her.’’

Jas­mine, who will be shar­ing the stage with fel­low Pukekohe artist Mitch French, said the duo had been prac­tic­ing a lot and that they were very con­fi­dent their per­for­mance would be a hit.

‘‘We’ve been jam­ming down at Ed Street [bar and restau­rant] and it’s just sound­ing amaz­ing, so we are re­ally ex­cited be­cause it’s ac­tu­ally com­ing to­gether.

‘‘Lucky our voices blend be­cause it’s sound­ing re­ally re­ally good.’’

Stam­pede Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will be one of the big­gest coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­vals Jas­mine has per­formed at. The young artist, who won her first com­pe­ti­tion when she was seven, has also ap­peared on stage at the Pai­hia

‘‘Be­ing on the big stage is cool, but to be en­ter­tain­ing the en­ter­tain­ers, that's a pretty big thing to say [you've done in your life].’’

Coun­try Rock Fes­ti­val and the Tuakau Coun­try Mu­sic Club. Coop­ers Run, Den­nis Marsh, and the War­ratahs will be among the many other per­form­ers that will take the main stage at Stam­pede Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

RUWADE BRYANT/FAIRFAX NZ

Singer/song­writer Jas­mine Til­yard is ex­cited to per­form in front of Scotty McCreery and LeAnn Rimes.

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