LOCAL singer and songwriter Jolene Ross recently graduated from the CMAA (Country Music Association Australia) Junior Academy of Country Music in Tamworth and was taught by some of the industry’s best.
Jolene was lucky enough to win the scholarship in 2018 from the Walkamin Country Music Club after participating in the Far North Queensland talent quest.
Jolene said she had an absolute ball learning about the music industry, creating friendships, contacts and the skills needed to progress further into the bigger scene.
Jolene was also lucky enough to be mentored by esteemed award-winning artist Fanny Lumsden.
“Fanny was so enjoyable to work with, she felt like a big sister not the Golden Guitar winner that she is,” Jolene said.
Jolene also got the opportunity to co-write a song with Golden Guitar winner Allan Caswell, the artist who wrote the theme song ‘On The Inside’ for the television show Prisoner.
Jolene and her family said they would like to thank all the people who have supported her by buying raffle tickets from her proud Grandparents, throwing a few coins her way whilst busking or even just giving a few words of encouragement.
“Every little bit has helped me on this big adventure and I am very thankful,” she said.
Jolene said she hopes to return back to the Academy in the future to focus on the instrumental side and increase her knowledge this way also.
Jolene and her sister Justene were a support act for Fanny Lumsden in Dimbulah on Saturday as part of the seventh annual Country Halls Tour.