Katrina Cleans Up
TSA-SEQ songwriting competition 2007
On Saturday 23rd, the Tamworth Songwriters association
South East Queensland Branch held there 12 annual National Song
writing competition award presentation and Gala concert.
19 year old Gunnedah girl and newly found Queenslander Katrina
Burgoyne was nominated in the finals for four of her original
songs in the Modern Music and Contemporary Country sections. The
songbird cleaned up both sections placing with all four songs.
"Old Post Card" co-written with Drew McAlister was a winner with
the story of hurricane Katrina pulling at the heart strings,
"Perfect" placed a happy third in the contemporary country
section. "Second Gear" ranked number 2 and the edgy rocked up
"Dumped" co-written with Tamworth's Matt Scullion won over the
judges and placed first in the modern music section. Katrina
thanked all of the boys who ever dumped her for the inspiration as
she accepted the award.
The concert was a great success with performances by Rose Carleo,
Kris Wayson, Kylie Hogan, Katrina and songwriter extraordinaire
In 2003 15 year old Katrina was the first chosen to be sponsored
by the TSA to attended Jr country music school Camerata, where she
studied song writing. In 2005 she took out the Jr Section of the
TSA national song writing competition held in January at the
country music festival. Since than she has won the Gympie muster
talent search, attended the CMAA College of Country Music and was
a top 6 grand finalist in the 2007 Star maker Competition.
After years of hard work and lots of songs Katrina is a national
and international accredited songwriter but still wants to learn
more. In the next 18 months she plans to head to Nashville and see
how the real writers do it.
You can find more information or hear her songs about Katrina
Burgoyne by visiting?
Katrina kicks up the dust at the 2006 Muster
Eighteen-year-old Gunnedah singer-songwriter Katrina Burgoyne
limbered up her vocal cords at Ag-Quip before heading off to the
Gympie Muster for three big shows.
Singing throughout the day at the field days on the outskirts of
Gunnedah in dry and dusty conditions proved the perfect training
for her three shows in the rainforest, just outside of Gympie.
With bushfires raging around the Gympie shire, the heat was
definitely on and the water trucks wetting down tracks that wound
throughout the site were a welcome relief.
Katrina’s first show was on Friday at 1pm in the Muster Theatre,
where a very respectable crowd turned out to see the 2005 Muster
Talent Search winner in full flight.
With the expert backing of two wonderful musicians, Michael Muchow
on lead guitar and the ever tasteful Chris Haigh on bass, the
young girl from Gunnedah more than proved her mettle, winning over
the audience with a great mix of originals and classy covers.
Later that afternoon Katrina backed up for a second show, this one
a songwriter concert at the Muster’s Bellbird Café, which she did
without the band – just Katrina’s big voice and that bold guitar.
The best was yet to come on the Saturday, when Katrina took main
stage at 2pm for a 45-minute set.
On hand this time she had an ace band of Chris and Michael, along
with the drummer’s drummer, Mitch Farmer, providing a big band
“I didn’t expect to have anyone turn up at my gigs, as not a lot
of people know much about me, so I was really quite pleasantly
surprised,” Katrina said.
“I even had people stop me around the site and ask for my
autograph and ask where they could see me playing that weekend. It
was pretty amazing.
“The main stage gig was a real highlight for me. Having that great
band behind me gave me the courage to get right into it and the
people really seemed to enjoy it.”
Following her main stage set, Katrina was delighted to find a
number of people lined up to get her autograph, so she happily
obliged, signing everything from guitars and hats, to programs,
shirts and bodies!
Not having any recorded product to sell won’t be a problem for
Katrina pretty soon though as she has recorded five songs (all
originals) at Rancom Street Studio in Sydney, with engineer Ted
Howard behind the control panel, and acclaimed producer Glen
Hannah overseeing the project.
For the session Katrina had the A team of musicians on board –
Glenn Wilson on drums; James Gillard on bass; Glen Hannah on lead
guitar and Daniel Conway on acoustic.
Katrina is now gearing up for her next show – at The Pub on
Friday, September 15, where she will be joined by her fellow
stablemate at The Pub Management, Aaron Bolton.
“I just love to get out there and perform and hopefully a lot more
people will hear my music in the future,” Katrina said.
“Of the many young up and comers performing at the Muster, I was
most impressed with Katrina Burgoyne. She performed on the main
stage courtesy of her talent quest win the year prior. At just 18
she’s already a very polished performer and writer and I reckon
she’ll be one of the artists to watch out for in the next couple
of years.” --- Tim Holland, music writer, The Music Network
For more information or to obtain an interview with Katrina,
please phone Anna Rose at The Pub Management on (02) 6765 4875, or
0428 413 809. Release created 8-9-06
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Tamworth Country Music Festival 19 - 28 January 2007
Tamworth Camerata 30 June - 5 July 2007
Tamworth Hats Off Festival 5 - 8 July 2007
Katrina triumphs at Gympie
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Katrina Burgoyne 2005 Maton
Muster Talent Search Winner
Katrina Burgoyne when she was named
winner of the 2005 Maton Muster Talent Search on Sunday in the
Amamoor State Forest.
Years of hard work and dedication to her
craft paid rich rewards for Katrina Burgoyne when she was named
winner of the 2005 Maton Muster Talent Search on Sunday in the
Amamoor State Forest.
For winning the national country music talent search, the
17-year-old Gunnedah High School student receives $4000 cash, a CD
single recording and mastering package, a scholarship to the 2006
CMAA Australian College of Country Music, an Akubra hat, Driza-bone
oilskin coat, a Legends Bar gig at West Tamworth League Club
during the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival, and the chance to
perform on main stage at next year’s Toyota National Country Music
Katrina’s manager Joan Douglas said the win showed just what hard
work and determination could bring about.
Katrina was one of nine performers in the semi-final, and when it
was down to just three grand finalists to perform on main stage at
the Muster, Katrina chose to deliver her own compositions, Second
Gear and Better Than That.
Her fellow stablemate from The Pub Management, Daniel Conway, lead
guitarist and vocalist with The Baileys, accompanied Katrina on
guitar during the talent search.
Following their performance the three grand finalists were invited
back on stage for the announcement of the winner, and when Katrina
walked out, the crowd erupted in spontaneous screams and
enthusiastic applause, loudly indicating their preference.
“When she was announced as the overall winner, the noise was
deafening,” Katrina’s manager, Joan Douglas said.
Katrina was invited to sing another song after the announcement
was made, and she chose Hold Me, a slow moving ballad she co-wrote
with Jonah’s Road siblings, Jay and Jasper Collie.
“You could have heard a pin drop,” Mrs Douglas said.
“You wouldn’t credit that the capacity crowd in front of main
stage could go so quiet. It was eerie.”
The Gunnedah youngster won’t have time to rest on her laurels
though, as she’s due to sit her HSC exams this week.
Photo courtesy of
Katrina’s on top of the world
THE Pub Management’s latest signing as an
artist in development has been named in the top four songwriters
under 18 in the international Nashville Song Search.
Sixteen-year-old Katrina Burgoyne, from Gunnedah, NSW, and fellow
Tamworth Camerata* graduate Shandell Tosoni, from Queensland, are
the two Australians placed in the top four of the quest, which
drew 1800 entries from young writers all over the world.
Shandell was placed first and will travel to Nashville to accept
her award and perform on the awards show later this year.
Meanwhile Katrina has entered her second year of tuition with the
NSW Education Department’s Talent Development Project.
At 16, Katrina was too young to graduate from the course which
involves travel to Sydney once a month for workshops and
performance opportunities with leading Australian musicians from
She will now benefit from a further 12 months of study, learning
from the best and following her dream of becoming a professional
* Tamworth Camerata is a five-day country music school for youth
held each July, in the Australasian Country Music Capital.
For further information or to arrange an interview, please phone
Cheryl Byrnes at The Pub Management on 6765 4875.
Please visit the Tamworth Camerata website:
continual commitment to her songwriting
has rewarded her with
success once again
Continuing on with her success since the Tamworth Country Music
winning the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) Songwriter of
the year, Katrina has now been awarded 9th place in the
Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Songwriter of the year
Competition in the Ausmusic/ Youth section with her song “Looking
around” is a lighthearted song about searching for that special
someone and hoping that one day you will find him or her.
“looking Around” is not a Co-written song Katrina is still busy
co-writing with some of the best songwriters in the industry and
with her future career path firmly set to be a successful
singer/songwriter with her achievements todate I expect you will be
hearing a lot more of this girl in the future.
KATRINA BURGOYNE WINS CCMA SONGWRITER AWARD
AT THE TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC
and determination has paid off for Katrina, winning the prestigious
CCMA (Capital Country Music Assoc.) Songwriter Award. Katrina is the
youngest winner in the 38year history of the competition.
been fortunate enough to have spent some time during the end of last
year with some of the best songwriters in the industry, such as
Michael Carr, Jim Haynes,
Matt Scullion and most
importantly Scott Lloyd Shelly.
Co-wrote the winning song with Katrina "As Soon as the sun goes down".
After the loss of an uncle, Katrina and Scott spent sometime together
and come up with this awesome song, it is a song about loss -
whether it be
through death or separation of a loved one, this song is sure to touch
It has been getting quite a lot
of airplay during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, so if you
haven't heard it get on the phone and ring your local radio station
and get them to get it on air.
is busy over the next few months songwriting and recording some of her
new work, so until next time either email Katrina to say hi or keep
checking her Website
Happenings since Camerata
Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know what has been
happening with me since Camerata and how I've been going with the
TDP(Talent Development Project)
Well we have just had our first cull of students at TDP and Ben Hazell
and myself have been lucky enough to have made it through to the
second stage of TDP - which is so great for me because we now move on
to songwriting workshops, I just cannot wait. I have put
together a press release regarding my regional win in the Telstra Road
to Tamworth - also my web page has now been going for nearly 1 year so
that's been great and is always good to get emails from people that
have found it on the net.
Must run will chat again soon.
Singer/Songwriter Katrina Burgoyne has won a place in the Telstra
Country Wide's "Telstra Road to Tamworth" competition.
Competing against 12 other entrants in the regional heat held at
Narrabri on the 25th October, 2003. Katrina has won $1,000 to help her
on her way to Tamworth.
The final and grand final will be held during the Country Music
Festival in Tamworth on the 19th and 20th January 2004.
The Winner will receive a package of prizes designed to help launch
their professional career, including the opportunity to record a
single through Sony Music, the chance to record a Video clip that will
be aired on the Country Music Channel, two paid live performances
organised through leading Country music agency, Allied Artists and a
Scholarship to the Country Music College in 2005.
The Five grand finalist will also receive a CDMA mobile phone with a
pre-paid Telstra account to the value of $1,000.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO THE TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL COME ALONG AND
SUPPORT KATRINA DURING THIS COMPETION.
THANK YOU. CHECK OUT HER WEB PAGE FOR TIMES AND DATES