‘Authentic’ is the new album from local singer/songwriter Victoria Edwards. The country music star-in-the-making has returned from Nashville, full of life and lyrics.

Only recently returned from a Nashville song-writing jaunt with Grammy nominated Phil Baquie, Victoria is ready to take the country music scene by the belt buckle, hitting the road this Spring to promote the new album. A graduate of the prestigious College Of Country Music in Tamworth, she has been honing her skills through northern New South Wales and southern Queensland leading up to this new album that celebrates powerful women and great country music.

Her debut album, Big Blue Sky, was released in 2005 and is a reflection of the people of the bush – the people of regional Australia. While Authentic is her second album, Victoria has graced the main stage of the Gympie Music Muster, won the Senior Vocal and Shirley Thohms awards from Capital Country Music and played a host of festivals and events around Australia and New Zealand. As a wife, mother and part-time radio announcer, Victoria has her work cut out for her becoming a full-time country music star; however the passion of writing and recording original songs with real meaning is just a natural ability she wants to share.

Victoria believes both writing and recording give her the opportunity for full self expression and helps in processing the different aspects of her life. “Depending on my mood, I get some quiet time and process emotions through making music,” says Victoria. She wrote her current album with guitarist Micah Baquie, who she believes helped her to reach a new height in her career. “On my last album, well I was a little green and reluctant to wear my heart on my sleeve,” says the songwriter. Working with Micah brought a new perspective to her music. “We had a real synergy between us, I would come up with some lyrics and the process would begin,” says Victoria. The first single released on her new album, Open Doors, is about leaving the past behind and starting fresh. She describes it as being honest, a result of trusting herself, which she says is how she came upon the album title Authentic.

When asked who her dream music accomplice within the music industry would be, even for just one day, Victoria hesitates and says “probably Dolly Parton”, but adds that her collaborators on Authentic made her dreams come true for this album. “I would keep my producer Phil Baquie; he was just so amazing to work with and he opened so many doors for me, and I feel so blessed,” says Victoria. Her other idols include Annie DeFranco, Fred Eaglesmith, Suzi Quatro, Tamara Stewart, Cyndi Lauper and Shania Twain. The first band the performer saw was The Angels at Brisbane’s Mansfield Tavern. “I was right up at the front of the crowd; I still love that band, although I was so young when I saw them last,” says Victoria.

The full album, Authentic, by Victoria Edwards is available on iTunes.

Words by Marcus Hudswell | Images – Simon Hall