AN aspiring country and folk musician is on her way to the top after being crowned the 2016 Toyota Star Maker winner in Tamworth on Friday night.
Karin Page from Perth took out the premier talent search, performing in front of a crowd of thousands alongside fellow grand finalists Missy Lancaster, Picton, and Tamworth musician Allison Forbes.
Toyota Star Maker, an event that has become a crowd favourite, is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious country music talent search.
Previous winners include Keith Urban, James Blundell and Lee Kernaghan.
Karin performed a ballad and an upbeat anthem that ended with a toe-tapping reprise of Stuck in the Middle with You.
Toyota Star Maker co-ordinator, Cheryl Byrnes praised all the entrants saying;
“The Toyota Star Maker competition continues to unearth some of the most exciting new country music talent and tonight is no exception,” Toyota Star Maker coordinator Cheryl Byrnes said.
“Our expert judging panel found it extremely difficult to choose the one, but it’s a sign of just how healthy the industry is overall, and that excites us.”
The victory will see Karin receive a prize pack including the recording of three singles and three videos clips, a brand new Toyota vehicle with an unlimited fuel card for 12 months, and guaranteed performances at major festivals throughout Australia.