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Toyota Star Maker 2013
Kaylee Bell, awarded
runner-up in last
with her and Alan
'Shame About The
Star Maker 2013.
For me, winning the NZ Gold Guitar gave
me the confidence I need to back myself to
pursue a career in country music, a genre I
have been singing since 4-years-of-age and
what I love to do more than anything.'' ---
In its 34th year, Toyota Star Maker is the most
prestigious talent search in the history of Australian
The album, which forms part of the Star Maker
winner's prize, is being produced by Brisbane-
based Andrew Cochrane.
It features Pedal Steel by Rascal Flatts' touring
band member Travis Toy.
Having made a bold move to pack up her life
and head solo across the ditch, the 23-year-
old Kiwi has made a great head start to a
career in country music within Australia and
As the first Kiwi winner since Keith Urban, and
in the pursuit of success, Kaylee's first major
single releases 'Love Was Just A Fairytale' and
'Unglamourous' worked their way to the top of
Winning the senior section of the New Zealand
Gold Guitars in 2007 at just 18, Kaylee has
never looked back.
''For me, winning the NZ Gold Guitar gave me
the confidence I need to back myself to pursue a
career in country music, a genre I have been
singing since 4-years-of-age and what I love to do
more than anything.''
Kaylee's musical career has seen her win the NZ
Horizon Award at the NZ Country Music Awards,
in addition to her latest award as Toyota Star
Maker. She has also performed at the infamous
Bluebird Cafe in a Songwriters Round and The
Global Artists Showcase in Nashville.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts
majoring in Musical Theatre from NASDA in
Christchurch, is a two time Top Four Finalist in the
Australian Independant Awards for Best Rising
Female Finalist and has had four Top 10 Singles off
her debut album on the Australian Top 30 Country
Music Charts in Australia.
Kaylee was headhunted to be included in the line
up for 2012 CMC Rocks The Hunter featuring
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and is currently in
Nashville working on her album scheduled to be
released this July.
Kaylee is thankful to the New Zealand Gold Guitar
committee for the huge opportunity given to her
six years ago to chase her dreams.
''I am grateful for the support given as a young girl
growing up in the country music scene and the
friendships I have made over the years.''
Hardcore country man
A full-time singer/songwriter since 1979, when he wrote ''On The Inside'' the
theme from Prisoner, Allan Caswell has won six Golden Guitars at Tamworth.
As runner-up along with Kaylee Bell in last year MLT Songwriting Awards, Alan
is a hardcore country man with a strong musical background.
''I have played nearly every state in Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles,
Nashville, New York, Kuwait, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan,'' he says.
He sings mainly originals and others by Mickey Newbury, Willie, George Jones
and Merle Haggard.
Allan and his wife Marian are hoping to travel around Australia in their
Winnebago, with him playing as they go.
''I'd like to rent a motor home and do the same in NZ.''
Of the competition, Alan says he wrote the song with his friend Kaylee Bell and
she entered it.
''I was fine with it.
''Kaylee wanted to enter and I agreed that it was a good idea.''
Unfortunately Alan didn't make it to Gore for the awards, but would really like to
in the future.
''I've only played in the North Island in the past,'' he says.
He says it has been fun working with Kaylee as she is an outstanding talent and
is very close to being a big star here (Australia).
''We intend to write a lot more songs in the future.''
In the meantime, Allan's goal is to drive more miles, create more songs and more
''More of the same really .... I love my life.''
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