More country kudos for Kaylee

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 24/05/2014
Kaylee Bell
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WINNER: Waimate’s Kaylee Bell after winning the Best Country Music Album Award.

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Another music awards night, another win for Waimate's Kaylee Bell.

Bell, 25, took out the country's Best Country Album award at the Country Music Awards in Gore last night.

Bell, who won with Heart First, is no stranger to winning awards.

She is an artist who has proven her international appeal, having won over fans in Australia as well as New Zealand.

Testament to this is her Gold Guitar - New Zealand's highest accolade for country music and Best Female Artist at the 2013 NZ Country Music Awards - and her most recent success as Australia's 2013 Star Maker.

In 2011, Bell packed up her life and headed to Australia in the pursuit of success.

"It was a pretty scary thing to do, especially since I was leaving my family and all my friends behind, and knew I couldn't just see them whenever I wanted to.

"But it was absolutely the right thing.

" It's enabled me to take the steps I needed to start building my career," Bell said.

Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan said Bell was one of New Zealand's most promising artists.

"With earnest lyrics and uplifting performances, Heart First is an outstanding example of the exceptional country music produced in NZ."

The New Zealand awards were hosted in Gore as a part of a week-long celebration of country music, who has annually attracted 5000 fans. Last night's other finalists for Best Country Music Album were Marian Burns for The Paris Sessions and Anna van Riel for Whistle and Hum.

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- The Timaru Herald

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