SMOKY-voiced singer-songwriter Claire Anne Taylor has topped her first Bluesfest experience with a coveted spot on the line-up.
The 22-year-old will perform on Monday after winning the grand final of yesterday's Bluesfest Busking Competition at The Beach Hotel.
Counting Joni Mitchell and previous Bluesfest headliners Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen among her biggest influences, Taylor should fit perfectly on the bill.
Judge and music producer Murray Burns said he was enamoured by Taylor and was looking forward to recording her at Studios 301.
Taylor travelled from Tasmania for the competition, beating 80 others for the grand prize, including a recording session and a three-month management and mentorship deal.
She says she grew up "screaming like a banshee" in the Tassie rainforest.
"I've been doing that for as long as I can remember," she said. "I think that lends itself to the freedom of expression I have."
Taylor has just finished a year of travel for her Bachelor of International Global Studies from Sydney Uni.
"I went to Mexico and Chile… it gave me a real eye opener," she said.
"I think it has given me a diverse edge and hopefully that will come out in my songs."
She plans to spend plenty of time in Byron.
"I want to immerse myself in the local scene.
"I'm going to be back. I love it."
Claire Anne Taylor performs on the APRA Stage at noon on Monday.
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