Tanya Cornish hopes to become a star

Former Tintinara local Tanya Cornish is hopeful of becoming the 39th Toyota Star Maker in a winner-takes-all, Country Music Festival competition.

Ten of Australia’s top emerging country artists will vie for the honour of the title of Toyota Star Maker in an event held next weekend in Tamworth.

Tanya, 24, started taking vocal lessons in Year 6 at school and has quickly risen to great heights in the country music world.

“I started vocal lessons in Year 6 before I moved to a music-based school in Adelaide, from there I started playing gigs at the age of 18 and have been ever since,” Tanya said.

With her warm, pure vocals Tanya has come to the attention of several country music industry key players – having been invited to perform on Bill Chambers’ shows at The Pub as well as other artists such as The Bushwackers, Kevin Bennett and Aleyce Simmonds. 

“I drive up to Adelaide most weekends to gig maybe one or two times a weekend at pubs and I also do country music festivals around the country when they come up,” she said.

Tanya’s list of accolades in the industry is already impressive for someone of her age.

She won the 2015 Trans-Tasman Entertainer of The Year on Norfolk Island and is a graduate of the 2016 CMAA Academy of Country Music.

Tanya however is now completely focused on becoming the 39th winner of the Toyota Star Maker competition.

“I attended my first Country Music Festival five years ago and since then it has always been a dream of mine to be up on stage as a finalist,” Tanya said.

“I feel as though I am ready to take that next step in my career and by winning this competition, it would definitely give me the boost that I need to continue to pursue my dreams.”

The winner of the competition will receive a prize package which includes the use of a new Toyota vehicle and an unlimited fuel card for 12 months, plus guaranteed performances at major festivals and events throughout Australia.

Toyota Star Maker coordinator Cheryl Byrnes said it was always a joy seeing who applied for Toyota Star Maker each year

“Within the industry, the quest is a highly-respected vehicle and there are any number of aspiring artists wanting to emulate the feats of previous winners such as Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole,” Cheryl said.

“It’s the ideal platform for artists to showcase what they have. It’s the perfect jumpstart to any career, with the $100,000 prize package that goes along with the prestige of the title.”

“Many of the benefits of being part of the Toyota Star Maker family are intangible – but absolutely priceless. The networking among the past alumni and the current crop of Star Makers is extraordinary. You can’t put a price on that.”

Toyota Australia’s corporate manager marketing integration Andrew Wearing said he was delighted to continue Toyota’s support of Star Maker. 

“It’s a wonderful thing that Star Maker continues to be accessible to a worldwide audience through live-streaming in the park. Toyota is delighted to be able to present the event absolutely free to the public.”

The Toyota Star Maker will be held in Toyota Park, Tamworth at 7pm on Sunday, January 21.