BEST TAMWORTH YET: Stephanie Wrigley with her Tamworth Country Music medals and her Capital Country Music Association Talent Quest award.
BEST TAMWORTH YET: Stephanie Wrigley with her Tamworth Country Music medals and her Capital Country Music Association Talent Quest award. Greg Miller

Stephanie steps up to Tamworth challenge

GYMPIE may be small in size but the Gold City is packing a punch in the talent stakes.

In the week after the Tamworth Country Music Festival, amazing success stories have emerged about several Gympie's talented country music artists.

St Patrick's College Year 12 student Stephanie Wrigley returned home from Tamworth with a suitcase of silverware from various competitions.

Stephanie collected five first places and a third place.

She took a moment to recall what she was able to squeeze into a week before breaking down her achievements.

The singer won four firsts in the Manilla Talent Quests and a highly coveted first place in the Capital Country Music Association Talent Quest.

For good measure, she also lifted third place in the Entertainer of the Year (junior female) competition.

She was proudest of her CCMA Talent Quest victory.

The Gympie singer beat contestants from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

A week before the country music festival, Stephanie was in Tamworth to participate in the CMAA Academy with other talented up-and-coming artists.

"We got to learn about song-writing, performance, music theory and the business of music," Stephanie said.

"After all that, we had a graduation concert and that was a lot of fun.

"It was a chance to start networking and make some new friends."

And making friends at Tamworth is not hard at all, according to the singer.

"We are all on the same page with our music, so it is very easy to get along with people," she said.

Stephanie is the process of working on an EP which she hopes to release later this year, consisting of what she expects to be two originals along with a handful of covers.

The St Patrick's student has stars in her eyes and hopes for a successful future in country music.

She is realistic about the obstacles she will face.

"I want to be a dentist," she said.

"I think it is important to have something to fall back on, so I am not just relying on music."

Talented, grounded and ambitious, Stephanie's success is something Gympie can really smile about.

Gympie Times


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