Kylie Price back home last night, after winning the
Tamworth Country Music Awards. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
They are already calling her ''Kiwi Kylie'' in Australia.
Dunedin singer-songwriter Kylie Price returned home to
Dunedin yesterday after winning the biggest country music
festival in Australasia - the Tamworth Country Music Awards.
The 19-year-old University of Otago student won the coveted
Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year and the Capital Country
Music Association talent quest at the 10-day international
''I was rapt. I couldn't believe it,'' she said last night.
''I never go over there expecting to win. There are so many
great performers you don't know, so all you can do is try
The award caps off a stellar two years for Miss Price, who
was an Otago Daily Times ''Big Night In'' community concert
guest artist in 2011 and overall New Zealand Gold Guitar
Awards winner last year.
She will also play support for the Hollies' New Zealand tour,
which opens in Dunedin on Friday.
''I've always wanted to open for big acts, so the Hollies is
a pretty good start,'' she said.
The New Zealand music industry was hailing her achievement
''This is a huge first for New Zealand music. She was up
against all the top performers in Australia and she beat them
all,'' veteran country music artist Gray Bartlett said from
''No New Zealand artist has done anything like this, since
Patsy Riggir in the 1980s. Every now and then, someone comes
along whose got something special and Kylie's got everything.
She's got R and B and pop and the country market covered,''
''She reminds me a bit of Bonnie Raitt. She can go on and do
anything. Her voice, style and emotional ability is probably
in front of any young New Zealand singer at the moment.''
Mr Bartlett recently returned from the United States, where
he has been promoting Miss Price.
''I've got top agents in America working on her and we're
convinced we'll get her going in Nashville and LA. We've just
got to present her right and we'll be working on that over
the next few months.''
Miss Price pulled out of New Zealand's Got Talent in October
after TVNZ required her to sign an exclusive contract, which
could have prevented her from other performances and