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2015 Toyota Star Maker Winner Mickey Pye

30 January 2015


Photo Credit: John Elliott

Mickey to perform in Music City - Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville, Tennessee is the heart and soul of country music and on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 9am EST, (in Nashville | Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6pm-11:15pm) 27-year-old country gunslinger Mickey Pye, winner of this year’s Star Maker competition will perform at the CMA World GlobaLive! concert a gateway concert to the 43rd CMA Festival – June 11 to 14.

The 2015, GlobaLive! will be held on an outdoor stage in Walk Of Fame Park, with international food and beverage vendors. The concert is free and open to the public and will feature performances by country artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK.

“This event continues to grow in attendance and popularity with our fans,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Each of the artists performing has already achieved a high degree of notoriety abroad and GlobaLive! provides these performers a platform to reach and cultivate domestic fans, as well as garnering attention from the music industry.”

“We are excited about this year’s line-up and the burgeoning popularity of country music overseas,” said Jeff Walker, CMA Board member and executive producer of CMA WorldGlobaLive! with associate producer Matt Watkins and music coordinator Mark Moffatt.

“By presenting shows like GlobaLive!; participating in events like C2C, Country to Country, in the UK, Dublin, and Scandinavia; and our ongoing outreach to other international country music organisations, we are creating an environment to escalate the expansion of the country music brand around the world,” Walker concluded.

Mickey’s appearance at CMA World GlobaLive! forms a part of his prize as the 36th winner of Star Maker, Australia's longest running search for a new country music star and his prize also includes travel to Nashville and return courtesy of a generous sponsorship by Tamworth’s Chris Watson Travel Partners.

Mickey delivers rapid fire-stinging country licks that would grab the attention of superstars Keith Urban – the 1990 Star Maker winner and Brad Paisley.

The line-up includes Indian (Annah and Dino Scarpelli) from Brazil; Canadians McKenzie Porter, The Lovelocks and The Road Hammers; Stringcaster from the Netherlands; from UK/Ireland Pauper Kings, The Shires, Ward Thomas; Cam Luxton from New Zealand; and Australians Morgan Evans, Adam Eckersley Band and Mickey Pye.

“Providing an opportunity for these artists to connect with fans in the US is an important part of our mission to grow the format around the world,” said Trahern. “Identifying the most deserving talent is important and we rely on the expertise of our CMA International Committee and the task forces we work with in Australia, Canada, and the UK.”

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary festival has become the city’s signature music event with a daily attendance of more than 80,000 in 2014 representing every state and two dozen foreign countries.

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Mickey is currently recording his debut Toyota Star Maker album that will be launched at the Gympie Music Muster in August. There’ll be a sneak preview of Mickey’s debut single at The Longyard Hotel on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the 16th Hats Off To Country Festival in Tamworth – Country Music Capital where Mickey’s Star Maker journey began. It is a free event.

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.