Toyota Star Maker
14 January 15
TOYOTA STAR MAKER
TO OPEN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S BIGGEST COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL – JUNE 5
“COUNTRY SUMMER FENDER CONTENDER CHALLENGE”
Jared Porter, the 2014 Toyota Star Maker was voted fan favourite winning the Fender Contender Challenge to perform at Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest country music festival from June 5-7 at Sonoma County Event Centre. Jared also wins the $5,000 grand prize.
More than 400,000 votes were cast to determine the Fender Contender Challenge four finalists and ultimate grand prize winner.
Jared was elated when told of the news live to air on the Rob and Joss Morning Show on Froggy 92.9 Today’s Country, Santa Rosa, California. "Wow man. This is great news. This is so cool!” he said, calling in from Queensland.
Jared was the 35th Star Maker winner and since winning has performed at the CMA World GlobaLive Concert in Nashville, toured with Australia's biggest names in country and recorded his debut album East To West.
Jared recently signed an international co-publishing agreement as a songwriter with Dog Whistle Music Australia and Dan Hodge Music Nashville. Deep End, the first single, climbed the official radio airplay charts to No. 3 and Pieces the second single, a duet with Kaylee Bell, went one further reaching No. 2.
Currently on tour in Australia, Jared can’t wait to head back to the United States to make it big on the Country Summer stage.
Country Summer features 13 entertainers and on June 5 Jared will open the festival followed by Gary Allan, Chris Young and Parmalee, June 6 is the The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Frankie Ballard and The Swon Brothers and June 7 Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Cassadee Pope.