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Last years Senior overall
winner of Gold Guitars,
Kylie Price has been
playing guitar since the
tender age of 7 and
singing since she was
Initially a classical singer, Kylie started entering the awards,
however she quickly made the move to country music and
soon became hooked.
She has always held an interest in music, particularly as a
young child when she would play with pots and pans, plastic
mics and guitars made out of empty tissue boxes with an old
paper towel and rubber bands.
''I just remember making noise everywhere when I was
younger,'' says Kylie.
She first entered the Gold Guitars because her Mum and Dad
had heard about it and she thought 'may as well'.
''My guitar teacher at the time mentioned it to them as well,
pressing the point that she should get used to the stage early.''
At the start Kylie was a very nervous participant and shaked so
much playing her guitar as an 11-year-old Junior contestant
that she doesn't know how she managed to get through.
''And I remember thinking 'nope, never ever going to do Gold
Guitars again','' she says.
Well we all know how that worked out.
Kylie grew as an Intermediate singer and has fond memories
of her years at Gold Guitars, and every other competition as
''Last year was my first year as a senior, so I was really jumping
into the deep end,'' Kylie says.
''I wasn't particularly confident I'd make the finals or get any
High Commended's, so the results were really unexpected.
''I felt like the baby of the group, but seniors was such a blast.
''It was one of my proudest moments yet.''
In preparation for her performance, Kylie got her chord charts
done, borrowed dressed from her sister and made sure she
knew her songs and knew what she was meant to do.
She also made certain the essential cowboy hat was packed
into the car for the traditional section.
''The big thing for me was making sure I was comfortable with
my songs and I knew them well,'' says Kylie.
After being named last years Senior overall winner, Kylie only
remembers hugging her parents before walking up on stage.
''It was such a surreal feeling,'' she says.
''I know people clapped and cheered, which is always a great
''Dad cried, Mum howled and my sister rung me straight after
on the phone and was yelling so much I had to pass it to Mum
because I couldn't understand her!
''They were pretty chuffed.''
Kylie says one of the highlights of her time in Gore was seeing
friends she hadn't seen in a while and having a drink with
them after the finals.
Others would be the amazing band she shared the stage with,
seeing her name as a finalist on the white piece of paper they
tape in the entrance of the stadium hall, and of course being
named as The Gold Guitar Winner with her own song.
''That feeling is indescribable,'' she says.
Kylie likes singing her own songs. In fact she describes herself
as a bit of a ballad basher, but she also loves the opportunity to
sink her teeth into a good Gretchen Wilson rock song.
She may not be competing again this year, but Kylie is still
heavily involved in this years Gold Guitars, as rhythm setter
for the Juniors and Intermediates for the weekend.
Kylie says she would like to make the move over to Australia
once she finishes her degree, just to see where that leads her.
She is also keen to travel to Europe and Nashville is definitely
on the cards.
''I can't see myself doing anything but music, so that's what
I'm working for,'' she says.
''I would like to attempt StarMaker one day in Australia.
''Seeing all the opportunities Kaylee Bell has had from
winning this year (and rightfully so ... she's incredible!)
inspires me to work towards that.
''As long as I'm doing music, I'll be happy and content.''
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