Sam McCann, 13, was one of the youngest musicians invited to attend the prestigious Country Music Association of Australia 2012 Junior Academy of Music.
Sam McCann, 13, was one of the youngest musicians invited to attend the prestigious Country Music Association of Australia 2012 Junior Academy of Music. Contributed

Sam's on song for big career

FRESH back from two weeks of country music industry training at Tamworth, Sam McCann is putting to practice what he learned from his music mentor Lee Bowman, of Jetty Road.

Sam, 13, was back treading the boards in Gympie last week, showing his hometown audience just why he was chosen to attend an elite academy run each year by the Country Music Association of Australia.

Sam was one of the youngest students selected, following a rigorous application process. Sam's advanced guitar skills have him tipped to be the next Keith Urban.

The Junior Academy of Country Music accepts only 20 young musicians each year for two weeks of training under the mentorship of industry professionals.

Sam joined the talented Caitlyn Shadbolt representing Gympie, proving Gympie is producing a high standard of young musicians.

The 13-year-old said Gympie was a great place to start his career, as there were many enthusiastic music teachers who worked hard to foster the talents of young locals to provide them with unique opportunities.

These ongoing successes of Sam's are largely credited to Ronnie J and Gympie High School's Country Music School of Excellence, Dr Geoff Walden and the Australia Academy of Country Music, guitar teacher Lee Turner, and singing teacher Karyn De Vere.

"Most of all I gained an appreciation for the hard work that goes on behind the scenes for anyone pursuing a music career," Sam said.

Gympie Times


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