FESTIVAL SUCCESS: This year’s Mildura Country Music Festival has again attracted a bevy of talent, including young recording artist Emma Jene, who performed at venues across Sunraysia this week. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
IT’S been a hectic yet enjoyable week for performers and music lovers visiting Mildura for the annual Country Music Festival.
Attendances at venues across the district have been strong, and by all accounts the fans have been loving it.
In our last edition, the Mildura Weekly’s front page featured a photo of singer Emma Jene, who has been performing at the festival this week.
Emma, who turns 19 soon, said the week had so far been amazing.
“I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say they saw me in the paper and have enjoyed my shows, I can’t believe how good it is,” she said.
“I feel so relaxed when I’m on the stage here, the crowds have just been fantastic and I love the fact that you get to perform a mixture of everything.”
This is Emma’s second time at Mildura’s Country Music Festival, and she ranks it among Australia’s best Country events.
It hasn’t been all hard work for Emma and her mother Tracy, who is also her manager, with the two having the opportunity to catch some of the other acts in between shows.
“I also get the chance to see some other artists perform and enjoy their music, which is something I really love about this festival,” Emma said.
When she’s not on the road performing, Emma calls Nowra on the New South Wales south-coast home, and loves nothing more than to entertain locals at the nearby Jamberoo pub on weekends.
“My family comes from that area and I really enjoy doing some laid-back gigs there,” she said.
Emma has been performing professionally for more than four years, having started singing at age six, and said the journey had so far proved amazing.
In 2013 Emma was an entrant in the World Championship of Performing Arts held in Hollywood, USA, and on her return to Australia encountered her first big break.
“I met a lovely lady, Cill Van Der Velden, and she introduced me to Country music stars Shazza Leigh and Lindsay Butler, which was so amazing for me,” Emma said.
“With their help and encouragement I released my first album, ‘Dare to Dream’, in 2014.
“I had decided that Country was really where I wanted to be, and meeting these wonderful people cemented it for me.”
Emma’s latest album, ‘Cross Your Heart’, written by Shazza Leigh and Cill Van Der Velden, has been a chart-topping success.
The title track of the same name is about friendship and life as you grow up, Emma said.
“It’s been on the charts in Australia and has now also been released in America, which is really exciting,” she said. “I’ve sold out of all my CDs at the festival this year, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
Emma looks set to have a brilliant career ahead of her, and fans will no doubt be flocking to see her whenever and wherever she may be across this vast country.