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With the announcement of her first Tamworth Country Music Festival ticketed show in 2013, country starlet Tori Darke gets ready to showcase the fruits of 18-months of considerable hard work. To say that 2012 has been a huge year for Tori is a massive understatement. Her debut album, Dream & Chances, has continued to win fans both around Australia and overseas. To date the album has yielded four singles – including the latest, Cut Me Loose – all of which have scored well on Australia’s country music charts.
Not content with enjoying success at home, however, Tori, 22, recently completed her fourth trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where she took part in songwriting workshops with luminaries such as Hall of Fame inductee John Bettis, as well as Michael Davey [Martina McBride] and Phil Barton [Lee Brice]. She also performed at several iconic venues, including The Fiddle & Steel, Hotel Indigo and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. While there, her immense talent did not go unnoticed in the tight-knit US country music community. Soon she found herself summoned to Los Angeles in order to add backing vocals to Billy Ray Cyrus’s new single, That’s What Daddy’s Do.
Impressive though all that is, for Tori it pales in comparison to the prospect of performing her first full-ticketed Tamworth show. “It will be me and my band, and I’m really excited about it,” she says. “Tamworth has always been very special for me, as it’s where it all began for me and what really kick started my career in country music. My first visit to Tamworth entering the talent quest scene was when I was 15 and over the next few years, I entered many talent quests. This coming year will be my seventh year in a row to Tamworth. Its 10 days of full on country music where you can see pretty much everybody and anybody in the business. It’s always a fantastic time getting to catch up with other artists who have inspired me and are important to me. It’s where I get to see my idols perform. I always take so much away with me and when I was younger, I found it very hard to leave when the festival was over.”
And now, Tori Darke will find herself on stage in a full band show, quite possibly becoming the inspiration for the next round of impressionable teenagers with stars in their eyes and the sound of steel guitars echoing in their dreams. In 2012, the hard-working Tori achieved many milestones. As well as her Nashville and chart successes, she picked up first prize in the country music section of the Show Me The Music songwriters’ contest for her single, Great Mistake. The award made for a valuable addition to her trophy cabinet, already full of gongs such as the Golden Saddles People’s Choice Award, Best International Country Song in Canada’s Toronto Exclusive Awards, and the Channel C Blue Shoe Sapphire Award for best new talent.
Perhaps the highlight of her very busy year, however, was when she flew to the Solomon Islands to perform for Australian soldiers who are stationed there on peace-keeping duties. “Performing for the troops was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had,” she says. “They were so thankful that we were there, and so grateful. It was such a thrill and an honour to perform for them.”
If 2012 has been a big year for Tori Darke, 2013 promises to be even bigger. After kicking it off in fine form in Tamworth, the following month promises nothing but great music and hard work for the talented singer-songwriter. There are many new songs to be written and recorded, a number of shows – including major festivals – to be done, and, once again, the lights of Nashville beckon from afar. With views to a new album on the horizon, country music fans can be assured they’ll be hearing a lot more from Tori Darke.
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 | 8pm
The Outback Bar, Wests Leagues Club, Tamworth NSW
www.wtlc.com.au | (02) 6765 7588
Tickets: $10 | Tickets on sale from 1 November 2012
For more information, please visit www.toridarke.com
[PHOTOGRAPH PROVIDED BY MALCOLM KATON - FIREFLY PHOTOS AUSTRALIA]