Local Legends

Sharon Wright discovers the region’s up and coming local musicians who are finalists in the upcoming Queensland Music Awards.

on Tuesday, 08 Mar, 2016

The Sunshine Coast is set to shine at the Queensland Music Awards this year with popular local musicians Sahara Beck, Doolie Shadforth, Ayla, Bearfoot, The Brains Trust and Paul Cowderoy all nominated as finalists in this year’s prestigious event.

Local teenager, Doolie Shadforth said she was ‘super excited’ to have been nominate for the QMAs.

“It’s great to be a part of something like and to be sharing it with local musicians which is so much more exciting. The music industry works wonder and can still remain underestimated.

“A lot of people don’t realise the hard work that really goes into it, back-to-back all day studio sessions, three hour gigs, plus school, but they all come into account. And to see this is how far I’ve got already is just incredible – it’s proof to myself that I’ve earned it and that I still have to keep working to get to where I want to be in music,” said Doolie.

The 2016 Queensland Music Awards is set to be one of the most memorable nights of this year’s music calendar with over fifty judges from across the country selecting an impressive list of finalists across the various categories. The event will be hosted by triple j’s Gen Fricker with showcase performances from rising star Cooroy singer/songwriter Ayla Scanlan.

“I am really excited and humbled to be included in such a great list of nominees,” Ayla said.

Ayla wrote the single Waiting while on an ice-skating trip with her school. “I remember feeling really lonely, that’s where I got the first lyric from and it all just flowed from there.

“I am really excited to be performing at the QMA. Last year I had a great time watching MKO and Katie Noonan up on stage and now I’ll be there, it’s incredible,” she said.

Ayla is currently on a national tour supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and has played to packed crowds from Byron Bay to Western Australia. “It’s amazing to see Kate live; she has such an amazing voice.”

The Cooroy local will start her Bachelor of Music at QUT in March and is currently recording another EP which will feature collaborations with different artists.

The winners will be announced on 21 March. Head to the QMA website to find out more: www.qmusic.com.au/qldmusicawards/2016


Artist Song title Category

Bearfoot Impolite Blues/Roots

Doolie Pristine Schools

The Brains Trust Worst Kind of Girl Urban

Sahara Beck Mother Mother Folk Singer/Songwriter

Paul Cowderoy Wet Hession Bag Regional

Ayla Waiting Regional

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