Country artists compete
The 39th New Zealand Country Music Association annual Entertainer of the Year Awards will be held in Tauranga this year and three locals are competing for the top title.
The awards have moved from Rotorua to Tauranga on October 6 at Baycourt.
They include a junior, intermediate, senior, veteran and songwriting section. There are 21 finalists — overall winners from the Pounamu, Auckland, Waikato, Eastern Bay and Muddy River awards — who compete for the Entertainer of the Year title and prize packages of international trips and studio time. There will be an official welcome for contestants on October 5 at Hotel Armitage.
Saturday’s event is open to the public and includes entertainment from Kaylee Bell and her band. Kaylee is an award-winning country pop singer-songwriter and guitarist from Waimate with 10 Top 10 singles on the Australian Country Music charts.
Also performing are 2017 NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year winners Double Blend, Doug Erutoe, Jaydin Shingleton and Serenity Grace.
Kaylee Bell at the Mission Concert in 2017.