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award and out touring the island.
Talented young Victorian singer Briana Lee scored an international music award and $10,000 in prizes when she visited Norfolk Island for the annual Norfolk Island Country Music Festival last week.
Briana, 18, of Shepparton, finished ahead of seven other performers from Australia and New Zealand to win the island's 12th annual Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award.
A graduate of Tamworth's Camerata Music College, Briana started singing at the age of 10 and is keen to use her award as a springboard for a big career in country music.
"But the island is just beautiful, the quality of the music was extremely high, and Briana
is a dynamic little talent who we look forward to helping get started on what's bound to be a very successful country music career."
"We suspected we were onto something really important in country music with the festival, but gaining this sort of recognition and discovering great talents like Briana
and the other contestants really motivates us to promote and grow the event even more.
"Competition was again very stiff this year, but Briana
is a stand-out talent and deserved the decision of our three judges - from Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island," Ms Pye said.
Runner-up to Briana in the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award was Kimberley Bowden of Tully in Queensland, while Victoria Edwards of Dubbo NSW took home the Norfolk Island Country Music Association Encouragement Prize.
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Bill Gray MG Media Communications 02 9904 0011
Issued: May 30, 2006
CAMERATA GIRL CHAMPION OF VICTORIA
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Talented Shepparton singer/songwriter Briana Lee has just won the Victorian Champion of Champions competition at the Mildura Country Music Festival.
came home with an impressive 10 awards, cash prizes & guest appearances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival & the prestigious Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year May 2006 in Norfolk Island.
The 18 year old placed 1st in Senior Country Rock & Senior Duet, 2nd in Senior Vocal & Open Instrumental & 3rd in Senior Australian Vocal at the Top of the State Talent Quest Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September.
But the awards didn't stop there.
then took out senior Over-all Winner & Grand Over-all winner from a field of very talented singers & musicians from all over Australia & New Zealand.
From placing 1st & 2nd in the sections qualified Briana
to compete in the Victorian Champion of Champions on Monday 26th September against winners from other Victorian talent quests & finalist in the Top of the State talent quest.
For the finals of the Victorian Champs the Notre Dame College
student who is currently preparing for her
Year 12 exams sang a Patty Loveless song "Blame it on your heart" & a heart felt rendition of the Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody".
took out Open Female award & the notable Victorian Champion of Champions title.
, 17, is already making a name for herself around regional festivals and shows, but now she
will get the chance to perform in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, plus millions of television viewers, both in Australia and around the world.
To top it all off, she
will perform on the starting grid just metres from a field of 24 MotoGP riders and their machines, including superstar Valentino Rossi, minutes before the start of the big race.
"It will be the biggest thing I've ever done," said Briana Lee, a Year 11 student at Notre Dame College in Shepparton.
Nicknamed "Shirley Temple
" as a child for her
blonde ringlet curls and angelic voice, Briana Lee
was 11 when she
really started singing.
"The first gig I did was at a primary school fete," Briana Lee
Naming country singers Patsy Cline and Kasey Chambers as some of her influences, Briana Lee was thrilled to be invited to perform at the closing ceremony of this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival.