TAMWORTH might be a long way from North Western Queensland but one young star is making his mark on the country music capital one song at a time.
Alis S arrived in the city a couple of weeks ago from Boulia where he was a student at the CMAA Academy of Country Music.
There, he was mentored by some of the industry's biggest names and learnt what life in the industry was really like.
"The academy has made me believe in myself more and given me the confidence to achieve my goals of becoming a respected country music artist and performing on big stages like it was at the graduation concert," he said.
"I have seen so many students come out of the CMAA with such great confidence, knowledge and skills that you want to be apart of the Country Music academy and grow as a singer/songwriter."
Ali said his visit to Tamworth has inspired him to be a better musician.
"Working with the most inspirational mentors has help me develop not only my vocal ability but my guitar playing, songwriting and skills in the business side of the industry," he said.
"This two weeks has provided me with the equivalent of 20 years worth of knowledge.
“It has been very full on long days and nights but absolutely the most amazing experience which I recommend to any one of any age that wants to break into the country music scene."
It has been very full on long days and nights but absolutely the most amazing experience which I recommend to any one of any age that wants to break into the country music sceneAli S
As for what happens next, Ali hopes to release his debut album in March and tour around his home turf in the coming months.
" I'm also working with local communities on putting together a travelling show which will start touring in 2018," he said.
"This is my first time to Tamworth but I have enjoyed being here and working with others who share the same passion for Country Music.
“Coming back to Tamworth with definitely be on my to do list every year."
- Northern Daily Leader