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AWARD-win­ning Queens­land singer­song­writer Amy Shark is of­ten asked by in­dus­try col­leagues and com­pan­ions – hail­ing from the savvy glam­our of LA and other Amer­i­can mu­sic and tal­ent hotspots – where they should visit when they come to Australia.

Ms Shark, who won her first two ARIA tro­phies last year and has been nom­i­nated in nine cat­e­gories this year, said many were plan­ning hol­i­days on the Gold Coast, where she was raised.

“And I say, ‘You need to head out west and get your real Aussie ex­pe­ri­ence’, and ev­ery­one I’ve said that to, they have gone and done it.

“They can still tick off the Gold Coast and Sydney, but ev­ery­one’s pretty in­ter­ested in go­ing some­where no one knows about.”

Ms Shark, who re­leased her de­but al­bum Love Mon­ster in July, has been nom­i­nated for nine ARIA Awards this year in­clud­ing Al­bum of the Year, Best Fe­male Artist, Best Pop Re­lease, and pub­licly voted cat­e­gories for Song of the Year and Best Video for her two-times plat­inum sin­gle ‘I Said Hi’, with win­ners to be an­nounced on Novem­ber 28.

How­ever, while her pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ues to rise, she said the down-to-earth friend­li­ness of Queens­land’s ru­ral towns would al­ways be a “real treat”.

“I talk about it with my band and part­ner all the time, about how you know when you’re in a small town be­cause the ser­vice is so much bet­ter and they’ll re­mem­ber your or­der the next time.

“All those things are a real treat – it’s such a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially when you’ve been in cities.”

Ms Shark is look­ing for­ward to her trip out west next year for Way Out West 2019 where she has been an­nounced head­lin­ing act.


TASTE OF OZ: Amy Shark will per­form at Way Out West 2019.

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