Caitlyn Shadbolt recalls her story for television program
GYMPIE country songbird Caitlyn Shadbolt put the travelling suitcase away yesterday as she returned to the Gold City for an interview with television program The Great South East.
Shadbolt was interviewed by program host Luke Kennedy at the Australian Institute of Country Music yesterday morning.
It was a meeting of two performers as Kennedy became a household name himself on The Voice Australia in 2013, becoming celebrity judge Ricky Martin's first finalist.
The singer has since performed to sell-out crowds on a debut solo tour and joined Martin on his 2013 national tour.
During the interview, the pair discussed Shadbolt's rise from a young performer at the AICM to X Factor Top 5 contestant last year and now, Gympie Muster Ambassador - an honour she shares with Australian country music royalty, Adam Brand.
Carrying a guitar during the interview, Shadbolt reflected on her formative years learning her craft at the AICM before seizing the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for the X Factor.
The memories brought a smile to the Gympie singer's face, including the tidal wave of support from her home town where Caitlyn Shadbolt car bumper stickers became a badge of honour.
The episode of the Great South East featuring Gympie's very own Caitlyn Shadbolt goes to air on Saturday, August 23, the weekend before the Muster.