Judah Kelly is looking forward to performing at the Gympie Muster next month.
It will be the first time the Queenslander, who shot to national prominence earlier this month by winning The Voice, has sung on the Muster stage.
“I’ve played there a few times, usually playing for other people, and competed in the talent quest in about 2011,” Kelly told Talkin’ Country.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back as a singer.”
Kelly last played at the Muster in 2015. Held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest, the 2017 Muster will feature more than 100 artists in more than 300 performances across multiple stages.
Performers this year include Adam Brand, Graeme Connors, Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls, Catherine Britt, Fanny Lumsden, Troy Kemp and Caitlyn Shadbolt.
It’s not too far from home for Kelly. The young singer who hails from the Queensland coast was named winner of Channel Nine’s The Voice on July 2.
His prize for winning The Voice included a recording contract with Universal Music and $100,000 in prize money.
Locally, there were some interested viewers at the Junior Academy of Country Music. The week-long course was running in the lead up to Hats Off to Country Festival.
“I went to the academy a few times actually,” Kelly said. “Some of the mentors sent me a video of them watching, which was really cool to see.”
That included Lyn Bowtell and Ashleigh Dallas, with videos on social media showing them at the college on the edge of their seats.
In 2011, Kelly attended the junior academy and went onto to complete the senior course as well as the instrumental course.
“It was always really good, the people that we got to meet. When I did it the first time, it set up a lot of things for me in years to come through people that I met at the academy.”
Kelly’s debut single,You Can Count On Me, has already hit number one on the iTunes chart.
“It just shows how great people are, and how supportive they are.”
Since winning The Voice he has been in Sydney where he shot a video for You Can Count On Me, before going into the studio to record his debut album.
I’m a big believer in not releasing music just for the sake of it.Judah Kelly
“I’m a big believer in not releasing music just for the sake of it, I want to release music that makes people feel something, and that’s a big goal for me when I’m recording in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
“Hopefully that’s conveyed once it’s released and it goes out into the world.”
It will be a tight turnaround, with the album due to be released on July 28. But it means the album will be available when Kelly takes to the Muster stage at the end of August.