Country star to sing of home
EMERALD’S Kalesti Butler will be drawing on her bush heritage as she records her entries for the Coopers Country Australian Song Competition.
Winner of the Bush Balladeer Star Quest 2011, Kalesti also recently graduated from the Country Music Association of Australia’s academy of country music in Tamworth.
She’s a fourth-generation country music singer with 150 years of Gulf of Carpentaria cattle grazing heritage in her blood.
“My first live appearance was at age three at the Charters Towers Country Music Festival, so I’ve been kicking about in the country music scene for a while,” Kalesti said.
“My family has been singing for many years about their experiences on the land and it is something I’ve been passionate about from a young age.
“I would love my music to reach people living in the bush so they can share my experiences and relate those to their own experience of living on the land.”
Kalesti will be recording two songs for Coopers Country and she hopes the competition will boost her budding career and earn airtime around the nation.
“Without giving too much away I’ll be drawing inspiration from my childhood days growing up on the cattle station and having just a bit of experience with Coopers’ products that way,” she said.
“The chance to record the songs I’m passionate about is a fantastic opportunity professionally and personally.”
The Coopers Country competition closes August 31. Contestants can upload their songs to http://www.cooperscountry.com.au.
An expert judging panel will decide the winners in September, with the song to be used in a TV commercial.
First prize includes $15,000 and two days of professional recording time in Sony’s Sydney studios.