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Kath Haling wins Telstra Road to Tamworth Southport heat

Kath Haling, 30, from Summer Hill in Sydney will participate in a two day music educational “Boot Camp” and perform at the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar event – after winning the Southport heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth country music talent competition yesterday.

As part of her journey toward the Telstra Road to Tamworth Final in Tamworth next January, Kath will progress to the next stage of the competition – which includes a performance at one of Sydney’s biggest sporting events – the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar event held at Homebush in December.

“Boot Camp” is a music development workshop where contestants will gain valuable experience and advice from leading music industry professionals, as well as the opportunity to rehearse with a full band.

As part of the camp, Kath will perform in front of V8 Supercar fans together with The McClymonts and past TRTT winners.

Kath qualified for “Boot Camp” after impressing the judges at the Southport Sharks heat event held on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Originally from the Gold Coast, Kath grew up in Burleigh and moved to Sydney three years ago after returning home from a long stint travelling and working overseas in Europe, Canada and the US – a right of passage for many young Australians.

Citing Paul Kelly, one of the most significant singer/songwriters in Australia as a huge influence, Kath is an avid songwriter and takes pride in her storytelling with her many overseas travels providing inspiration for her material.

While music is her main love, Kath also has a passion for film having completed studies at Sydney Film School in 2007. Since then she has composed scores for a number of short films and is currently writing an animated feature with friend and local Lane Cove Theatre Director, Bec Greensill.

Performing two original songs yesterday at the Southport heat “Start Again” and “Talk to Me” Kath delivered a unique vocal performance with hints of the Aussie lilt favoured by one of her country music idols – Sara Storer.

Clearly shocked when her name was called as the Southport Heat Winner, Kath was quick to give credit to her fellow music performers and praised their talent.

“I think it was pretty obvious that I enjoyed myself today, I’d really like to thank Australian Country Music and Telstra for this opportunity – I’m stoked!”

Kath receives an Epiphone acoustic guitar, and if successful at Boot Camp, will receive $1,000 cash and progress through to the Telstra Road to Tamworth Finals held in Tamworth next January alongside seven other performers.

As part of their prize package, the winning performer in Tamworth will receive the opportunity to record their material during a return paid trip to the global home of country music, Nashville, USA.

Aspiring songwriters also have until 1 November to enter the Telstra Road to Tamworth songwriter category for their chance to win a trip to Nashville.

Local community groups within 400 kilometres of Southport have until midnight on Sunday 13 September to enter for their chance to a win a musical equipment grant through the Keep the Music Playing initiative.

The winning community group from South East Queensland will be one of 13 groups across the country that is awarded a musical equipment package which includes instruments and recording equipment. Each group will be able to choose from one of four packages.

To enter, local community groups need to explain in 150 words or less why they deserve to win.

For more information on the Telstra Road to Tamworth and how to enter Keep the Music Playing please visit Be Involved

Telstra Media Contact:
Martin Barr

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3 Responses to “Kath Haling wins Telstra Road to Tamworth Southport heat”

  1. Cec says:

    Good on you Kath,you are on your way keep up the good work, we are so proud of you all the hard work is paying off Love Cec

  2. Linda Beattie says:

    Go Kath, you go girl, we love your CD, you deserve a chance to go all the way.
    Love Linda & Barrie

  3. Dan German says:

    I didn’t even know TRTT was on again this year. What happened? Usually it’s all over CMC.


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