Toyota has been announced as the naming rights sponsor for the prestigious Golden Guitars – Country Music Awards of Australia on January 24 next year. The Golden Guitars – Country Music Awards of Australia are one of the highlights of the upcoming Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth.
Southern Cross Ten have also come on board as the broadcasting sponsor and will televise The Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia in early February 2015 through their regional network.
The linking of Toyota as naming rights sponsor and Southern Cross Ten’s decision to broadcast the Awards, adds impetus to the prestige of the big night and the overall Festival being held from January 16-25, 2015.
Now in its 43rd year, the Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia are the nation’s longest running music awards concert.
Roger Corbett, the Vice Chair of the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) says the CMAA is thrilled about the collaboration with Toyota and Southern Cross Ten for The Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia.
“The partnership will take the awards to more Australians than ever before and that’s exciting,” he said.
Tony Cramb, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Toyota Australia said, “The Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia is such an iconic event. The company is proud to extend its support to the event which complements our broader support of country music.
“It’s Toyota’s way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported the brand, its vehicles and its national dealer network for over half a century,” Mr Cramb said.
Festival director John Sommerlad says the Awards night gives fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with the biggest names in country music and see all of their favourite artists perform in one huge show.
“In 2015 the Golden Guitars – Country Music Awards of Australia will once again be a fast paced concert made up of the cream of country music,” he said. “You will see special performances that you won’t see anywhere else and there will be no interruptions caused by the recording for television.”
“We encourage people to get into the spirit and arrive early to enjoy the forecourt entertainment with X-Factor Finalists Brothers3, and watch all the stars arrive.”
Mr Sommerlad also acknowledged Toyota’s long association with the festival, saying, “Toyota has been involved with the festival for over 20 years from the Toyota Landcruiser Busking Championships right through to the pinnacle event, the Golden Guitars – Country Music Awards of Australia.
“Without the commitment of Toyota and other sponsors, this fantastic event would not be possible,” he said.
The finalists for the Golden Guitars – Country Music Awards of Australia were announced at an Awards launch at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, hosted by multi Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt and Morgan Evans.
Country music’s golden girl Kasey Chambers and acclaimed singer/songwriter Luke O’Shea head up the list of finalists, named in six categories each. Chambers and O’Shea are well represented across the 14 Awards categories including the Male and Female Artist of the Year.
Industry icon John Williamson, who is no stranger to the finalist and winners lists, is a finalist in an impressive five categories, which include Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. A song he wrote and recorded about Tamworth, Australia’s Country Music Capital, is among his finalists nominations.
International superstar Keith Urban, who is a former winner of the Tamworth Country Music Festival’s Star Maker, has scored a finalist berth in two categories - Single of the Year and Video Clip of the Year.
Also featuring prominently are Adam Harvey in five categories, Dean Perrett in four categories, and with three each – The McClymonts, Lyn Bowtell, Kristy Cox, Harmony James and McAlister Kemp.
Two Golden Guitar Awards were presented at the event – Top Selling International Album of the Year which went to Dolly Parton for Blue Smoke, and the Sanity Top Selling Australian Album of the Year which was won by The McClymonts for Here’s To You & I.
Tickets for the Australian country music industry’s night of nights are on sale through internet, phone and ticket outlets at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, Tamworth Regional Council’s Ray Walsh House and The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre.
The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2015 will be held from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 January. It is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.