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Abermain’s Mackenzie Lee crowned overall winner of inaugural Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s in Tamworth

23 April 2022

15-year-old, Mackenzie Lee from Abermain in NSW was today crowned the overall winner of the inaugural Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s talent quest at the 50th Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth. 

14-year-old Jamie Preston from Prestons (NSW) was crowned the winner of the senior category, with Tamworth’s Lane Pittman awarded second place and Narrabri’s Lauren Brown claiming third. 

While in the junior division, 12-year-old Travis Jones from Coonamble was crowned the winner, with Queenslanders Amy Ryan in second and Ryan Brockway in third. 

Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley said: “There were some magnificent performances today, with some true talent on show. 

“I congratulate all the winners of our very first Golden Gig competition.” 

The top five artists from each age group were invited to perform at today’s grand final concert on the Macca’s Stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. 
Their performances impressing the judging panel, which was made up of country music artists and industry representatives. 

“It was an extremely tough choice for the judges, but ultimately only one winner from each age group could be crowned,” said Mr Harley. 

As the overall winner, Mackenzie has won family accommodation and the opportunity to attend the Country Music Association of Australia’s Junior Song Camp in Tamworth in July. 

As the junior and senior champions, Travis and Jamie will receive an instrument of their choice from Yamaha, plus vouchers from Capitol Music and cash prizes. 

Second and third place in each category will also receive vouchers from Capitol Music and a cash prize. 

David McMullen, Market Director (NSW), McDonald’s Australia, said: “A well-deserved win by incredibly talented young artists. On behalf of McDonald’s Australia, congratulations to you all. 

“We can’t wait to see what you do next, and we’re proud to have played a part in supporting your journey.  
“Thanks to all who entered – we couldn’t have asked for a better set of performances on the Macca’s stage!”   

The winners will be invited back to perform on the Macca’s stage tomorrow.

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.