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2016 West Australian Country Music Awards winners

24 Feb


Awards, Regional

The 2016 West Australian Country Music Awards winners presented by LiveLighter were announced on Friday during the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival. A huge congratulations to the following, including a number of acts that have recently played WAM Festival, won WAM awards and played WAM events:

Best Female Artist of the Year – Codee-Lee
Best Male Artist of the Year – Jonny Taylor
Best Group of the Year – Ralway Bell (Ben Wilson)
Best Independent Album of the Year – Pete Byfield ‘1 (One)’
Best Independent Single of the Year – Terry Bennetts ‘Fitzroy River’
Best Video Clip of the Year – Sharmain Kendrick ‘Break Your Heart’
Best Songwriter of the Year – Codee-Lee ‘Love + War’
Best Emerging Artist of the Year – Sharmain Kendrick

Previous WA Music Awards nominees and WAM Wheatbelt Touring Circuit band Ralway Bell voiced their appreciation, “We were completely blown away to be awarded WACMA Group Of The Year, it’s a massive feather in our 12 Gallon hats! Opportunities presented to us through WAM over the last 12 months no doubt added weight to our cause, and we’re extremely grateful for this. The Wheatbelt tour was an absolute cracker and we’d love to get out and do more regional shows over the next 12 months. Last year’s winner was Davey Craddock – if we get even half as much publicity as his dog Pickle we’ll be very pleased!”

Female Artist of the Year (and previous WAM Song Of The Year winner) Codee-Lee added, “Walking away with both the awards I was nominated for is such a big achievement that I’m so proud, especially because there was some stiff competition!”

WAM Wheatbelt Touring Circuit and Sounds Of The Wheatbelt star Pete Byfield also commented, “I just love what this award has done for everyone who has shared the journey so far. It puts wind in my sails.”




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