- 2002 Tamworth Camerata graduate,
Shandell Tosoni, is another ex student making her mark in the
entertainment industry. Australian Idol’s Jessica Mauboy, Aleyce
Simmonds, Nick Kingswell, Kirsty Lee Akers (Toyota Star Maker
2007), Brianna Lee – Telstra Road To Tamworth winners. Shea
Fisher, recently signed to ABC Music and EMI artists The Baileys.
This is just a sample of the successes of the Camerata Youth
Country Music school that is held in Tamworth every July.
Shandell has just joined the cast of the $23 million Australian
Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast. Presented by RM Williams
and located next to Warner Bros at Movie World.
Throughout the one and half hour of spectacular audio and visual
effects, the enclosed 1000 seat arena is filled with Outback
music, drama and action with a cast of larger than life
characters, amazing animals and spectacular scenes featuring wild
horses, stampeding cattle, bush vehicles and superb stunts. During
the heat of the action, guests will be served a 3-course Aussie
BBQ dinner and drinks. Experience the heart and soul of the
Australian Outback with Australian Outback Spectacular - an
incredible journey to the real heart of Australia.
Nightly, from Tuesday to Sunday, the giant Arena thunders with the
hooves of Australian stock horses as the action–packed performance
unfolds. It’s an electric atmosphere steeped in the courage and
daring spirit of the outback. Every twist and turn of the show
features a cast of larger than life characters and amazing
animals, with spectacular scenes featuring wild horses, stampeding
cattle, an array of bush vehicles and an unforgettable display of
A highlight of the show is built around the competitive spirit of
Australians. The audience is split into two groups after receiving
free stockmen's hats whose headbands depict their respective
station. They barrack and cheer for their stockmen and women to
bring home the ultimate prize of "top station". This "station
muster" is an exciting and breathtaking part of the show which
highlights the incredible skills of both horse and rider.
Shandell will take the role of Kate in the show, daughter of a
station owner and entertaining during the pre show period.
She is aware that her job will be hard working and lots of hands
on with the animals but the one thing that Shandell learnt at
Camerata is that hard work is often rewarded.
is 18 years of age and hails from small town Dimbulah in Far North
Queensland. She is currently living in Brisbane studying Music
Business. Earlier this year she released her first co-written single
"Here With Me", which just recently won the Under 18 Category of the
Nashville Song Search Songwriting Competition.
Shandell's prize was to travel to Nashville in September 2004 to
perform her winning song at the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe. She
performed in front of an audience which inlcuded some of the biggest
artists and songwriters in the International Country Music Scene. She
also had songwriting mentoring sessions with some of the best country
songwriters in the industry who have written hits for Leann Rimes,
Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim
McGraw and many more.
Shandell has caught the eyes of many personnel in the Country Music
industry with her bombshell performances and amazing songwriting
ability. Her contemporary/country rock style and energetic acts on
stage are sure to leave the audience on the edge of their seats. Some
of Shandell's most memorable moments are:
Opened Lee Kernaghan's "Electric Rodeo Tour" Show
in North Queensland
Accepted to perform on the Brian Young Show Tour in 2005
Winner of the Senior Female Vocal section in the CCMA Talent Quest at
the Tamworth 2004 Country Music Festival
Winner of her sections (Country Rock, Modern Country & Traditional
Country) at the Gympie Muster Maton Talent Search
Selected to perform on the "Young Guns Of Country" Show with Troy
Cassar-Daly and Felicity at the Tamworth Country Music Festival
Winner of her sections at the Charters Towers Gold Country Music
Awards, she won a Maton Guitar as part of her prize
Invited to have a live interview and perform three songs on the World
Wide Web with Terri Clark (Directed by Telstra Country Wide at the
Tamworth 2004 Festival)
Winner of the "Road To Tamworth" North Queensland Heat. Twenty
finalists are chosen from all around Australia to compete for the
title in Tamworth 2004
Invited to perform on the North Queensland Showcase in Tamworth 2003
Placegetter in the Senior Female Vocal at the Queensland Champion of
Champions Competition in Brisbane
Invited to perform as a guest artist on the Topp Twins Shows at the
Tamworth Country Music Festival
Invited to perform as a guest artist on the Bill Chambers Jam Session
at the Tamworth Country Music Festival
Peformed National Anthem for NRL Game: North Queensland Cowboys versus
Manly Sea Eagles
Performed National Anthem for NBL Game: Cairns Taipans versus Adelaide
Great friends with the Basalt River Boys and and all the Camerata
kids and recently performed with the Basalt River Boys at the Walkamin
Country Music Festival, Far North Queensland.
Shandell with the Basalt River Boys
- Singer/Songwriter Shandell Tosoni is
17 and hails from Dimbulah. She has been singing Country Music for
about 5 years and competing in talent quests for four. In her
years of performing she has been doing incredibly well, travelling
around the country music circuit. Her successful beginnings
started at the Walkamin Country Music Talent Quest in 2001, where
she won the junior overall title and the highest point score over
the weekend, this entitled her to compete in the Gympie Muster
Talent Quest where she placed second in her section of Country
Rock. Some of her recent achievements are.
Winner of Traditional Country section and second in the Country
Rock Section at the Gympie Muster Maton Talent Quest (August
Winner of her sections at the Emerald Gems of Country Talent Quest
Graduate of the 2002 Tamworth Camerata. Placed in many sections at
Charters Towers Gold Country Music Awards (2001, 2002, and 2003) .
Finalist in the Qld Champion of Champions competition (2001,
Top Five Finalists in the CCMA Talent Quests in Tamworth.
The Barry Thornton Award at the CCMA Talent quest in Tamworth.
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