She?ll sing her way to stardom
By NERIDA BLOK
FOURTEEN-year-old Kate Botfield has Nashville in her sights.
But first, the grade nine student from St Mary's High School Casino, will tackle Tamworth's Country Music Festival, which started yesterday.
Making her debut appearance at the prestigious event, the young singer will spend this week busking and entering four talent quests with the aim of securing a record deal.
"Or at least be seen by other country and western music people that might take me places," said Kate.
"I'd also really like to meet Steve Ford ?he's really cool and writes good music."
Strong preparation including four years of voice coaching by Casino's Heather Dennis and one hour's practice each day has helped remove any fears.
"I think I'll go pretty well," she said.
"I'm not nervous at all."
Kate, who also plays rhythm guitar, said she hoped to show off her voice and skills by performing popular country gospel song, 'The Old Rugged Cross'.
Another young Casino hopeful performing at the festival is 20-year-old Matthew Manning.