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Shandell Tosoni
 
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 horsemanship.


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.
 
Shandell 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 and 2004
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 36ers
 

 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 2003).
Winner of her sections at the Emerald Gems of Country Talent Quest (June 2001).
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, 2002).
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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