Toyota Star Maker 2011

The top 20 finalists from across Australia have been selected to compete in the 32nd Toyota Star Maker final, proudly supported by 60 years of Toyota LandCruiser.
Following in the footsteps of Australian country music royalty including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys, James Blundell, Kylie Sackley and Samantha McClymont (of The McClymonts), the finalists will battle it out for what is recognised as Australia’s oldest and most prestigious music talent search, awarded at the Tamworth Country Music Festival to be held as the main event on the first weekend Sunday, 16 January 2011.
The 20 hopefuls invited to travel to Tamworth this January are...

AARON JURY, Kaitangata New Zealand
DAVID AGIUS, Greystanes (Sydney) NSW
EMMA KELLY, Blackburn South VIC
KAYLEE BELL, Avanhead New Zealand
LACHLAN BRYAN, South Melbourne Vic
PJ GORDON, Rankin Park NSW

Toyota Star Maker 2011 proudly supported by 60 years of Toyota LandCruiser will be staged at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC) on Sunday, 16th January.
“The Top 20 will run through the day starting at 12.30pm,” said organisers Rural Press Events General Manager Barry Harley. “The Grand Final later that evening, at 7.30pm, features the five best new talents in Australian country music plus special appearances from past Star Maker winners.”

The 2011 Toyota Star Maker prize package is bigger and better than ever. Valued at over $150,000 the winner’s prize includes ...
1. Toyota Star Maker 2011;
2. An album recording contract;
3. A big budget recording session with Australia’s top musicians and producers;
4. 12 months use of a brand new, fully serviced Toyota motor vehicle;
5. A fuel card for the 12 months after winning Toyota Star Maker;
6. 50 copies of the prize album for personal distribution;
7. Distribution and promotion of at least two tracks to radio and other media;
8. Production of a professional video clip of one of the tracks by an award winning director;
9. A Maton acoustic guitar;
10. Fender products;
11. Media promotion including monthly exposure in Australia’s only monthly country music magazine Country Music Capital News, media exposure in the Directory of Australian Country Music;
12. Photographic portfolio with Image Design Photography;
13. An album launch at the National Music Muster at Gympie Queensland;
14. Guaranteed performance bookings at a designated list of events including the Tamworth Country Music Festival, National Music Muster at Gympie, the Urban CM Festival at Caboolture, Mud Bulls and Music, plus a special showcase performance at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final in 2012;
15. Return air tickets to Nashville for the CMA Festival in June 2011 courtesy of Travelworld; and
16. 12 months membership to the Country Music Association of Australia.
Tickets for the Toyota Star Maker Final and Grand Final are on sale now through the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre on 02 6767 5300 or on-line via (follow the link to tickets).
STAR MAKER WINNERS | 1979 Grand Junction|1980 Tommy Miller|1981 Leanne Douglas|1982 Lee Kernaghan|1983 Vic Lanyon Band|1985 Great Divide|1986 Jane Maddick|1987 James Blundell|1988 Jenine Vaughan|1989 Craig Robertson|1990 Keith Urban|1991 Gina Jeffreys|1992 Warren Derwent|1993 Beccy Cole|1994 Clint Beattie|1995 Tanya Self|1996 Darren Coggan|1997 Lyn Bowtell|1998 Kate Ballantyne|1999 Brendon Walmsley|2000 Grant Richardson|2001 Kylie Sackley|2002 Kieran Lancini|2003 Todd Williams|2004 Travis Collins|2005 Samantha McClymont|2006 Cat Southern|2007 Kirsty Lee Akers|2008 Talia Wittmann|2009 Liam Brew | 2010 Luke Austen

For audio profiles of Toyota Star Maker Top 20 Finalists presented as 20 produced radio segments go directly to please contact Rural Press Events, 02 6768 5800 or email

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You’re a bloody beauty, Kev
IF he wasn’t so funny, Kevin Bloody Wilson probably would have been locked away for crimes against political correctness a long time ago.

The comedy singer-songwriter, real name Dennis Bryant, has flown in the face of politicians, public servants and censors trying to eradicate racism, sexism and foul language for more than two decades and become one of the most popular comedians in the country despite limited radio and television coverage.

Most of his songs can’t even be mentioned in press articles without using asterisks to mask the obscenities.

It’s these type of songs from his 18 albums that will be performed by the Kalgoorlie-born comedian at the Howlong Golf Club next Friday, March 25, and the Savoy Club in Myrtleford the following night.

Perth-based Wilson told NewsWeekly he had just returned from playing sold out shows in Chicago, with his popularity in the USA growing through sites like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace.

“We sell out right around the world and that’s not a brag, that’s how it is,” he said.

“It’s been like that for years.

“This year we’re scheduled to do shows in New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Afghanistan so they’re keeping me pretty busy.”

Wilson said being absent from television and radio had actually added to his popularity.

“When my first stuff was released it got out to mass audiences simply by people telling other people, not through radio or television promotions, simply mates telling mates.

“My first album made quadruple platinum.

“There’s a huge niche for it and one of the things that works for me is I don’t appear on television every five minutes.

“To see what I do you have to come to a show.”

Wilson is uncompromising when it comes to his work, refusing any suggestions of censorship or criticism of his songs.

“Of course not,” he said when asked if critics affect him.

“My favourite word of all time is DILLIGAF which is tattooed on my wrist.

“They don’t enhance my life at any level so I just ignore the bastards.

“When my stuff first kicked in, you had the media people chasing you down.

“When they got into the studio they asked me to take the swearing out of it and I walked out telling them I was not changing my agenda to suit them.

“It just neuters what you do,” he said.

Wilson has a few connections to the Border, having worked with film and stage producer Dean Murphy on adult animation Little Johnny The Movie, co-creating the soundtrack and providing the voice for the character Uncle Kev.

“I’ve loved every moment of that process, it’s been great fun and it’s a really funny movie as well,” he said.

“He’s a good bloke Deano.”

He was also impressed by Norris Park singer-songwriter Louise Egan and her recently recorded song Put Kev On Playschool.

“She’s a lovely kid and I congratulate her on that,” he said.

“It was a nice little compliment, I suppose, that she paid me and she’s destined for good things if she sticks with it.

“She’s a good little writer as well.”

Wilson, who will be joined by his daughter Jenny Talia, who lives in Australia, at the shows, said he doesn’t know which songs he’ll perform at his gigs.

“I know what song I’m going to start and finish with, but I don’t know what’s going to pop up in between, other than that I’m going to make it a really good place to be and have people singing along with me,” he said.


The Border Mail

Cheeky Louise makes Tamworth top 20
11 Jan, 2011 12:03 PM

A LAVINGTON singer’s tongue-in-cheek appeal to put foul-mouthed comedian Kevin Bloody Wilson on Play School is hoped to wow the Toyota Star Maker judges at Tamworth this weekend.
Louise Egan’s two original, comedic country songs, Barflies and Put Kev on Play School, have earned her a spot in the national competition’s top 20.
The 24-year-old stands to win a slew of prizes, including a $150,000 recording contract and a trip to the US country music mecca Nashville.

Albury Wodonga News Weekly


Louise’s star is on the rise

The Border’s Louise Egan has made the finals of the coveted Toyota Star Maker competition. LOUISE Egan hopes to join the likes of country music legends Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban, Beccy Cole, Samantha McClymont and Kylie Sackley by winning the coveted Toyota Star Maker competition.

The Border country music artist has been selected as one of 20 finalists for the Star Maker, and will compete for the top prize at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on January 16.

The prestigious award can launch an artist’s music career, with the winner taking home prizes worth more than $150,000, including a fully produced album with a video clip from an award winning director, a free professional instrument package, a free car and fuel for a year, and a trip to Nashville.

Louise said she was “over the moon” when told she’d made the finals.

“To say it was unbelievable would be an understatement,” she said.

“My goal was to make it to the top 20 with my comical music.

“I’ve now done that and I just feel like it’s going to be a fun ride … anything that comes from it is a bonus.”

She entered two songs, along with a written component, to make the finals.

“I sent in an original one from the EP Chasing Sound called Bar Flies, and a brand new demo called Put Kev on Playschool,” she explained.

“It’s a comedy song about putting Kevin Bloody Wilson on Playschool, which I’m sure would be interesting to say the least.

“For the finals I’m going to sing an original called The “One More” Song and a cover which I might keep secret.”

She recorded a clip for the song with about 200 people at the Kinross Woolshed in June, which helped raise her profile, and hopes the Star Maker will provide another career boost.
Even if she doesn’t win, she’s glad to have made it this far.

“It’s huge and I’m really excited that I’ve made the top 20,” she said.

“I’m excited to have my profile lifted just by being a finalist, and it’s good to know my music is being well received.”


Prime News 7

High hopes for Tamworth (video)
11/01/2011 | 06:27 PM

A 24-year-old country music singer from Lavington is headed to the Tamworth Country Music Festival for a prestigious competition. Louise Egan hopes to "sing a song" she wrote about comedian Kevin Bloody Wilson.


Review by Matt Lawrence

LOUISE EGAN offers listeners a little bit of this and that on her debut release Chasing Sound. Its seven tracks range from modern country to traditional country to up-tempo Australiana in a similar vein to THE SUNNY COWGIRLS - complete with broad Aussie accent and the odd colloquialism or two. Each of the tracks were penned by Egan and she excels when adopting the tongue-in-cheek lyrical approach, as with songs Bar Flies and The ''One More'' Song. MIKE CARR is cited as the sole co-writer on the most tender offering Just Let It Be. It is refreshing to hear a young female artist attempting her own contemporary style, who as a result bares little or no sonic resemblance to a certain lass named Swift. It will be interesting to see her next move, especially if she continues to draw from her obvious sense of fun. Chasing Sound was produced by SIMON JOHNSON and also features the talents of Duncan Toombs, Mick Albeck and Michel Rose.