Former Gympie High School student Emma Barlow.
Former Gympie High School student Emma Barlow.

Independents on track to success

THREE independent and unsigned artists with strong links to Gympie have been named in the list of finalists for the Australian Music Awards run by Musicoz.

Original recordings by Luella, Emma Barlow and former winner of the Gympie Muster talent search, Liam Brew, were selected for judging before the big announcement on May 15.

Emma, a fiddler and singer/songwriter is stoked to be invited to attend the Musicoz Awards. "I will be walking a red carpet and going in a limo and everything... I'll have to find something to wear," she joked.

Emma's debut single Jaded has been climbing the CMC country music charts and reached No.18 this week.

Popular entertainer Luella has a new album out and was selected for one of the three singles: Rain Tonight, Free and the album's title track Yes. Liam Brew, a former Maton Talent Search and Starmaker winner, scored three nominations in the 2011 CMC Music Awards for Australian artist of the year, new artist of the year and music video of the year. He was nominated for the Musicoz Awards for the first single off his new album, Faster.

The Musicoz awards have been recognising, exposing and rewarding the cultural contribution musicians make to Australia for 11 years. It is a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting the development and incomes of Australia's independent and unsigned artists.

Each Year this culminates in The Musicoz Awards, Australia's biggest review and focuses on independent and unsigned artists with an awards show, MTV show and industry party.

Musicoz is at the centre of independent and unsigned artists who don't have the substantial backing of the four major labels. It also provides Australia's largest song feedback service and recommendations of services/activities critical to assisting artists in their careers.

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