Meringandan artist Sophie Volp has been announced as a semi-finalist in the iconic Gympie Music Muster’s 28th annual Talent Search. Sophie is amongst the final 31 entrants from more than 130 who will battle it out on the Muster main stage this August.

Vying to join a long list of successful previous winners including The McClymonts, Brooke Schubert and Mark O’Shea, it is Sophie’s hope that she will be able to take out the title and get a kickstart to her music career.

The talent search offers winners a sustainable leg-up in the music industry, with prizes like an all expenses paid tour of Nashville USA, performances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and Gympie Music Muster, a full scholarship to the Country Music Australia Association’s Academy plus more.

The 2018 Talent Search Open category winner Natalie Pearson said the competition has been an amazing leg up in the industry providing more visibility and credibility for her as an artist. Since her winning performance, Natalie has taken Australian country music by storm claiming positions on CMC, KIX Country Radio, The Music Network and iTunes country charts with her latest releases.

Fostering talent in two categories, the Opens (Over 18s) and Juniors (12 to 17 years) Gympie Music Muster program coordinator, Emily Murphy said, “With more than 180 entries, the judges sure had their work cut out for them. The quality of young talent we’ve auditioned has been so incredible, I’m sure we have more than one star in our midst here.”

Offering a real pathway towards a sustainable career in the music industry, Murphy said, “Our new partnerships with The Academy in Tamworth and various music festivals around the country ensure that Talent Search winners have the opportunity to really grow their audience and skills between winning and returning to the Muster family twelve months later.”

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