The best in emerging talent from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University will take to the stage at this year’s Broadbeach Country Music Festival from June 19 — 21.

Taylor Moss, Tom Dodd and Shooty and Fox and Fiascowho have already made a name for themselves on the local scene — will share the stage with the likes of ARIA award winners The McClymonts, Beccy Cole, The Wolfe Brothers, Catherine Britt, James Blundell, The Wolverines, Travis Collins and many more.

As current students of the Bachelor of Popular Music program on the Gold Coast campus, each will perform as part of the Griffith University Seed Showcase.

Uniquely combining Country with the Coast, the festival is allowing young talent from across the region to perform professionally and gain major experience, according to Queensland Conservatorium Deputy Director (Gold Coast) Donna Weston.

“This type of partnership is in perfect alignment with the core goal of the BPM course — to help independent artists forge their paths in the Australian music industry.”

“The real focus is industry — having those industry contacts and also building fan bases by getting their music out there — so a performance opportunity like this really aids in nurturing both the creative and business aspects for a young musician.

“Country music is well and truly brought into the mainstream with this festival and the BPM program is proud to support that kind of diversity,” she says.

19-year-old Taylor Moss is certainly no stranger to the Australian country music scene, having released her first EP at just 16. The same year she also won first place in the Urban Country Music Festival Talent Search.

Her 2014 single ‘Centre Stage’ hit the charts at number eight on 98.9FM within the first week of release, she performed at The Gympie Muster and toured as the support act for The Black Sorrows and Mental as Anything, before heading to Nashville to immerse herself in the home of country music.

Griffith’s BPM program and it’s Seed initiative is also riding high on the current success of student and now international country star, Jared Porter.

Jared Porter with guitar

Musician Jared Porter is just one artist enjoying success after being involved with the SEED project

It’s been a huge year for Jared, who was named the 2014 Toyota Star Maker winner, which saw him performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the CMA World GlobaLive Concert in Nashville.

He also toured with some of Australia’s big names in country, such as the The McClymonts, and recorded his debut album “East to West”.

His latest single “Pieces” a duet with Kaylee Bell was also recently announced as the winner of the APRA Best Country Music Song for 2015 by the New Zealand Country Music Awards.

Jared, accompanied by fellow BPM student Jared Adlam and drummer Reece Baines, was also the first to perform at Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest country music festival this month, after being voted the fan’s favourite with more than 400,000 votes cast worldwide.

Griffith University will sponsor the Broadbeach Country Music Festival for the first time this year.

Performance Details:

Friday 19 June
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Griffith University Seed Showcase — Broadbeach Mall Stage
Taylor Moss

Saturday 20 June
5.35pm – 6.35pm
Griffith University Seed Showcase— Broadbeach Mall Stage
Tom Dodd & Shooty
Fox and Fiasco

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