Horsham Country Music Festival and Wimmera country music fans in general would be well familiar with Queensland performer Kiara Rodrigues.
The Victorian-born 20-year-old, already a veteran performer and recording artist, has a swag of awards to her name and leaves a lasting impression wherever she sings.
A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon show, the first event in redeveloped Horsham Town Hall, introduced many to the rising talent before last year’s festival placed her on a must-see list.
Rodrigues will perform at festival events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Horsham Soundshell at Sawyer Park before appearing at Horsham RSL on Sunday night.
On the Friday Tribute Night, she will perform songs made famous by Crystal Gayle. On Saturday, at the Country Music Spectacular, she will sing two sets and on Sunday two sets at a Gospel Marathon.
Last year Rodrigues released her debut country gospel album ‘He Carries Me’ and the first single of the album ‘Dear Daddy’ secured her first Australian country charts top-40 hit.
She also secured the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the Queensland Community Theatre premiere of Wicked the Musical and toured across Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.