Groundwater Country Music Festival: Meet Jayne Denham

One of Australia’s fastest growing music festivals, Groundwater Country Music Festival saw over 70,000 people attend the three-day event in 2019, and this year is set to be even bigger, with the first lineup announcement dropping a list of names that’s sure to get the most hardened festival-goers jumping out of their cowboy boots with excitement.

This year, patrons will be lucky enough to see the queen of country, Kasey Chambers, perform alongside Australian music star and ultimate party guy Shannon Noll, as well as Australia’s favourite country duo, the Sunny Cowgirls, well-respected and much-loved artist Gina Jeffreys, and Golden Guitar winner Brad Butcher.

But we were particularly keen to find out more about Groundwater first-timer and Australian country rock dynamo Jayne Denham, a Golden Guitar nominee and passionate ambassador for the Women In Trucking Association in the US, whose star is definitely on the rise.

We got to know Jayne a little better by asking her to finish the following thoughts:

I am passionate about the trucking industry because…

It is such an important industry that we cannot do without. All around the world, these drivers transport essential goods – often to remote places and under gruelling conditions, such as the Ice Road Truckers in North America who appear in my latest clip (‘Black Coffee and White Lines’). So I have always felt compelled to write songs for and about them, as my way of cheering them on and celebrating them.

 My earliest memories of country music are….

I come from a musical family and my Dad is a huge country music fan, so singing John Denver as a family together, doing concerts for anyone that would listen with Dad on guitar, was where my love of Country Music began.

The artists I would most love to share the stage with are…

Gretchen Wilson, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert.

Music, to me, is…

Therapy….I love to hear it, sing it, create it; learn, grow and heal from it. We all get to choose how we want to feel through music –  whether we want to feel uplifted, relaxed, pumped up or whether we want to hear music that makes us cry … to let it all out, then get up and move forward again. How cool is music? We get to choose our mood!

Some of the women who have inspired me along my musical journey are…

The three women mentioned above, whom I would love to share a stage with – Gretchen Wilson, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, but also Aussie greats like Olivia Newton John, Tina Arena and the late Chrissy Amphlett, to name a few.

One of the things on my musical experience bucket lists is to…

Perform at The Motor Grand Prix! My hubby is crazy about motor sport so it would be the best way to have a really cool gig and a fun date. Not sure they would ever have Country Rock music though … LOL.

My first time performing at Groundwater is going to be…

A lot of fun! It’s been one of my goals for a while now, so I’m pumped. My first performance is on the Surf Parade Stage 25 July at 3:00pm.

Rounding up Groundwater’s first lineup announcement is: McALISTER KEMP – TANIA KERNAGHAN –  THE PIGS – MELANIE DYER  – THE AUDREYS – KRISTY COX – EIGHT SECOND RIDE – MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION – THE WEEPING WILLOWS – HILLBILLY GOATS – SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 33 – MATT WARD & THE RISING SONS – SALTBUSHSIX – 2020 STAR MAKER WINNER SAMMY WHITE -KERRY KENNEDY AND DOUBLE BARREL – WEST TEXAS CRUDE.

Groundwater Country Music Festival is held in Broadbeach from 24 to 26 July, and is a free, family-friendly event. Visit groundwatercmf.com.

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