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KIX Live This Tuesday: Groundwater's KIX-Start Competition Top 10 Finalists

29 September 2022 | 12:24 pm | Emma Whines

Tune in this coming Tuesday from 7pm!

This week's KIX live is heading to Tuesday at 7pm October 5 and it's another big show for Justin and the gang! 

The time has come to announce the Top 10 Finalists for Groundwater’s KIX-Start competition, an initiative that aims to unearth some of the best hidden talent in the Australian country scene and KIX Live will be exclusively revealing the list.

Last years Winner Bella Mackenzie weighed in on how the KIX-Start program helped her launch her career, saying: “Winning KIX-Start was such an honour, boosting my career from the second I won,” said Bella. “The support from KIX Country, Groundwater Country Music Festival, and everyone else involved has been so amazing. I could never have imagined a year ago that I would have accomplished what I have today which includes releasing two singles and playing major festivals. I have had my biggest year yet with so much more to come and I urge anyone thinking about applying to just do it! You never know if you don’t have a go.” 

The winner of this years KIX-Start competition will win: 

  • Opening one of the main stages at the Groundwater Country Music Festival 2022. 
  • Writing a song with accomplished country songwriter Phil Barton, who has had songs recorded by Lee Brice, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band, Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope, Morgan Evans, LOCASH, The Wolfe Brothers, The McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, and many more. 
  • Recording a single at The Music Cellar with one of Australia’s most in-demand record producers, Rod McCormack who has produced Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar Daley, Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, and countless others. 
  • The single will be promoted to radio by one of Australia’s leading PR companies, Varrasso PR who has promoted the likes of Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, The Wolfe Brothers, Casey Barnes, Eskimo Joe, Ruel, and Hanson
  • The single will be supported by KIX Country, plus other exciting opportunities. 
  • A one-on-one mentoring session with award-winning country music star, Gina Jeffreys.
  • Flights to the Gold Coast from your nearest capital city, plus airport transfers and accommodation.

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Groundwater Country Music Festival Director Mark Duckworth said, “We had such a fantastic pool of talent involved in last year’s inaugural KIX-Start competition and I for one can’t wait to see what amazing artists will turn up this year. It’s an initiative that is dear to my heart and something that the Groundwater Country Music Festival is all about – providing a platform for new talent.”