WHAT started as a fun "iso" challenge quickly became a way for a group of country music's golden girls to support each other through a devastating year, and to bring some "light" into the world.
Tamworth's Aleyce Simmonds teamed up with her friends and touring girl squad from years gone by - Dianna Corcoran, Amber Lawrence and Kirsty Lee Akers - to record an emotional tribute to frontline workers as the COVID pandemic swept across the globe.
The group caught up on Zoom last year to record the first all-female version of John Williamson's True Blue.
It spiralled into a viral clip, and the country music stars ended up re-recording their "rough" version of the song and making an official release with a music video.
Now, it's landed the four women a prestigious Golden Guitar Award nomination.
"We literally recorded it as four friends that reconnected through the whole losing our jobs in COVID thing, so that was so beautiful in itself, and then to create this thing to try and lift people's spirits out there and to feel like it united the nation a little bit was really, really beautiful," Simmonds said.
It's been a dark year for the country music industry, with schedules wiped clean amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But, Simmonds told the Leader it's also been a challenging year for workers on the frontline battling everything from bushfires to a pandemic disease.
"That's definitely something that we wanted to put forward, that we are so thankful for the true blue spirit of the Australian people," she said.
John Williamson himself described the re-recorded tune as the "sweetest" his song had ever sounded.
The four women have been separated throughout the COVID ordeal, but will have a heartfelt reunion on stage in Tamworth on Saturday - with Corcoran on screen from Nashville - to perform their version of True Blue at the Golden Guitar Awards on January 23.
"I'm very nervous because none of us have performed for almost a year ... this will be one of our first live performances back since the pandemic hit and I can't wait to share this with them, it's so special," Simmonds said.
"To be nominated for a Golden Guitar Award is a real bucket list item ...and to be nominated with these girls is incredible and to be singing on the night is incredible."
For these four women, it's been a long friendship - first forged in youth and good memories, and reignited in times of trouble.
"We talk every day now, we talk about what's going on in our careers - which is not much - what's going on in our lives, we check in on how we all are and that's something beautiful that came from last year," Simmonds said.
The girls are up for the Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of the Year at the awards ceremony on Saturday, January 23.