Yesterday's concert at Caroline Bay marked a musical homecoming for a Waimate woman, who now lives and performs in Australia.
Kaylee Bell returned home for the holidays and took the stage at the Caroline Bay Carnival for her first New Zealand performance this year.
"It feels like we're at a festival. It's great," she said.
"I love seeing familiar faces in the audience."
It's been a busy year for Bell, who played the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 festival headlined by country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
She is also in her third bid at Australia's Star Maker talent quest, and has got through to the top 15 out of hundreds of entries.
"I've got nothing to lose this year, so I'm going to go through and see how it goes," she said.
Bell has been singing since she was 4, and previously made the final six in the Star Maker competition. She was a NZ Gold Guitar Winner at the age of 18.
She has performed all over New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree, specialising in musical theatre, from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art.
She moved to Australia in April 2011. Her debut album, Wayward, was recorded in both Australia and Nashville, United States.
- The Timaru Herald