Singing her way to top coun­try ta­lent search

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

THE next 12 months is shap­ing up to be huge for Leigha Moore.

The Sippy Downs res­i­dent and bud­ding coun­try mu­sic star was re­cently named as a fi­nal­ist in Toy­ota Star Maker, Aus­tralia’s premier and long­est-run­ning search for the next coun­try star.

“I ac­tu­ally cried when I found out,” Moore said.

“I ac­tu­ally missed the call at first and when I called back and was told I’d made the fi­nal 10 I couldn’t be­lieve it.

“It’s such a huge op­por­tu­nity and it’s scary but I’m so ex­cited to just get the chance to per­form on stage in Tam­worth.”

The 28-year-old, along with the nine other fi­nal­ists, will per­form dur­ing the Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Tam­worth on Jan­uary 20, bat­tling it out to be named among a dis­tin­guished list of Star Maker win­ners in­clud­ing Keith Ur­ban.

“Ever since I saw Kaylee Bell take out the ti­tle in 2013 on my first trip to Tam­worth, I knew I wanted to be on that stage, what­ever it took,” Moore said.

“This has been a dream of mine ever since and I feel so in­cred­i­bly blessed to be a part of Toy­ota Star Maker.”

Not slow­ing down, Moore also plans to re­lease her de­but EP around the same time, with the ti­tle track I Ain’t Your Girl No More, writ­ten by US coun­try su­per­star Kelsea Bal­lerini.

“I feel so in­cred­i­bly blessed to have had the op­por­tu­nity to record this song,” Moore said.

The win­ner of Star Maker will be an­nounced on the night of Jan­uary 20.

Photo: John McCutcheon

BUD­DING STAR: Coun­try singer Leigha Moore, 28, has been named as a fi­nal­ist in a na­tional coun­try mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion.

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