Kaylee Bell's star encounter

STAR POWER: Kaylee Bell gets close with Keith Urban in Australia.
STAR POWER: Kaylee Bell gets close with Keith Urban in Australia.

Country singer Kaylee Bell from Waimate caught some stardust last week when she performed a duet with country heart-throb Keith Urban.

Bell, the 2013 Toyota Star Maker winner, was Urban's guest on his Australian Light The Fuse tour in Narrabri.

The 25-year-old said like many others, she has wanted to meet Urban since she first heard his breakthrough album Golden Road and when she won Star Maker she thought she might be one step closer.


"When I went to Nashville last year as a part of my Star Maker prize I thought maybe it'll happen there", said Bell.

Bell was invited to a "meet and greet" with Urban in Narrabri and said she couldn't wait to meet the man who was an inspiration to her and the reason she relocated to Australia to enter Star Maker.

She remained hopeful as the synergies were there with Urban having also been born in New Zealand and having also won the Star Maker competition back in 1990.

A week or so later she received an email inviting her to sing the Urban and Miranda Lambert hit duet We Were Us at the concert.

Bell was ready as she had already learned the duet which she was to sing with Damian Baguley and The Viper Creek Band at an after party following the concert.

Next year will be 25 years since Urban won the competition.

Bell said she will never forget her brush with superstardom, rehearsing with Jerry Flowers, Danny Rader, Brian Nutter and drummer Chris McHugh and nearly four minutes on stage with Urban face to face in duet.

The Timaru Herald