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Caitlyn Shadbolt in finals of Country Music Channel awards

EXCITED: Caitlyn Shadbolt’s star is on the rise.
EXCITED: Caitlyn Shadbolt’s star is on the rise. PATRICK WOODS

CAITLYN Shadbolt has been catapulted into final's contention at the music network's 6th Annual Country Music Channel Music Awards.

"Country Cait" is nominated as a finalist for CMC Female Oz Artist Of The Year, CMC New Oz Artist Of The Year and CMC Australian Video Of The Year for "Shoot Out The Lights."

Caitlyn said she is thrilled with the nominations and genuinely couldn't believe the news.

"I was with a friend at a cafe when I found out and I literally jumped out of my seat and hugged her. We were jumping around like a couple of 12 year old girls," she said.

After her appearance on the X Factor in 2014, last year was huge for the "pocket rocket".

Caitlyn's debut single, "Maps Out The Window" was released in January at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and shot straight to number one on the iTunes country singles chart.

In July she released her second single, "Shoot Out the Lights" on her self titled, debut EP.

In August Caitlyn was ambassador and one of the headline performers at the Gympie Country Music Muster.

After just four weeks on the CMC airplay charts, her"Shoot Out The Lights" video hit number 1 in September.

Caitlyn was nominated for a Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent in November, which co-incided with the realise of her third single from her EP, "Pushing Through".

With her star still on the rise she was announced as the winner of the Commercial Radio Australia New Artist to Nashville scholarship in December.

The scholarship will allow her the opportunity to perform at the world's largest country music festival, the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June this year.

The CMC Awards will take place next Thursday at Brisbane and will be televised live at 8.30pm AEST with an encore to be broadcast on Fox8, Sunday March 13 at 4.30pm.

Caitlyn will perform alongside Lee Brice and other country stars as part of the 2016 CMC Rocks Festival the following weekend.

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