Koole start to music career
KIM Koole has a huge love for the Top End, so it's fitting the rising star is launching her debut album at the Noonamah Tavern.
The talented songwriter has been singing since she was about five years old and describes her new music as having a Territory flavour.
"I reckon it's definitely got a Northern Territory vibe. I am a born and bred Darwin girl,” she said.
"A lot of the songs reflect on our lifestyle, so I have a song called Winter in Darwin, it's a bit of a fun one.
"There is another one that's called It's My Home, which talks about the Northern Territory and Australia. It reflects on our culture here; it's very laid back.
"I just love it here, I couldn't see myself living anywhere else.”
Kim attributes her love of the north from her rich childhood growing up rurally.
"I have always lived on blocks so we had quadbikes and creeks, you know, with the odd croc in the creek. We grew up spending our weekends fishing.”
During her album launch she will also perform in a two-hour Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show.
Although the 24-year-old speaks with confidence and passion now she said she used to be a shy person.
She had always sung in church and in choirs, but it wasn't until she finished school she made the plunge into pursuing music.
"I went to uni, but it just wasn't my thing so I dropped out and was sort of wondering what to do so I entered a competition at Freds Pass Show,” she said.
Kim won that competition and was encouraged to perform at another contest at Adelaide River, where she won a scholarship to the Australian Academy of Country Music.
"I just learnt so much about the industry,” she said.
"We learnt about song writing, composing songs, and showmanship or performance - basically it covered everything. We had guests come in and speak to us, so Kasey Chambers spoke to us one night.”
Kim recorded her album in Sydney with Stuie French at Swingin' Door Production.
"I have never recorded before, it was a lot of fun, and hard work,” she said.
It will be released on April 23 at the Noonamah Tavern.
Keep up to date with Kim's career by following her Facebook page "Kim Koole”.