Emmagen Rain is a name you should remember. Named the People’s Choice Winner at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championship where she performed in front of thousands of people and has just returned home to Murwillumbah after playing the main stage at the Gympie Muster. She won The Voice competition at Nightquarter, is just about to play Buskers by the Creek and in a few months is headed to Nashville to write and record her own music at Blackbird Studios.
Oh, and she’s only 11 years old.
We fired off a few questions ahead of her Buskers by the Creek performances.
What drew you to country music from such a young age?
I first learnt a couple of Country songs for eisteddfods like ‘Jolene’, ‘Coat of Many Colours’, and really loved Miley Cyrus when I was little. Performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival really was the start of my love for the genre. I was the youngest selected for this year’s Junior Country Music Academy and was really inspired by the other kids and amazing mentors. I knew after this that country music was my thing.
You’ve had some big wins in the past 12 months. Has there been one stand-out for you?
I was really excited to have won the Chanel 9 The Voice Competition at Nightquarter earlier this year. there were 3 sections juniors, teen and over 18. I won the juniors then was named the overall winner of the entire competition. It was a really tough comp as everyone was talented so was really happy to have won.
You performed in front of thousands of people at Tamworth. How did it feel to win the People’s Choice competition there?
At first I didn’t really understand what the People’s Choice Award meant. When it was explained that out of thousands in the audience, about 70% voted for me I was really excited as I was just ten and kind of got that it was a big accomplishment. it made me really happy and proud of myself that people love my singing.
You’re off to Nashville to write and record your own music. What are you expecting from that experience?
I hope I have a very fun time and a good learning experience , I understand not many kids get an opportunity to go to Nashville and record music at the best recording studio and follow their dreams. I hope to write amazing songs and record an EP as I’m writing and recording two originals and two covers while I’m there. Also I’d love to meet Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. Martina McBride’s husband owns Blackbird Studio so I could be lucky.
You’re one of the major acts at this year’s Buskers By The Creek festival. Have you been before? What are you most looking forward to?
No actually I haven’t been but am so excited to be a part of it. I love festivals. I love the energy of festivals, I love meeting people and can’t wait to perform for the crowd and watching talented people. Also the food, festival food is amazing.
What do your school friends think about your impending rise to fame?
My friends are so supportive and proud of my achievements. They believe I will be a big star one day. I had a karaoke party For my 11th birthday, it was really fun to sing with my friends. When I sung they screamed and cheered so loudly. They also write really positive comments on my social media pages and Youtube channel. Once someone I don’t know wrote I sounded good because of autotune and my friends saw this and wrote that is not true. It was pretty funny and makes me really proud that my friends are protective of me. My friend Oscar wrote I am better than Adele and Beyoncé I thought that was really sweet. I absolutely love it when my friends come to my gigs.
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Emmagen performs at Buskers by the Creek which runs 13 – 14 October. You can also catch her busking some mornings at the Carrara Markets near the big shoe shop.