Teen takes on Tamworth – and wins

Thirteen-year-old country musician Shalani Thomas has shown her talents in Tamworth.

The Bulli singer and guitarist took out two categories in the Country Music Association of Australia’s 50th National Talent Quest.

She won the Female Junior Vocal category, performing Carl Perkins’ Rockabilly Fever, and the Junior Instrumental section with Windy and Warm by Chet Atkins.

Shalani Thomas busking in Tamworth with her two-year-old brother Mackallay. The 13-year-old Bulli performer took out first place in her category at a national talent show this week.

Shalani Thomas busking in Tamworth with her two-year-old brother Mackallay. The 13-year-old Bulli performer took out first place in her category at a national talent show this week.

“I was so surprised to win these sections as the competition was really good this year,” Shalani said.

“Also, receiving my awards from Anne Kirkpatrick (daughter of Slim Dusty) was such an honour.”

Shalani developed her love of country music through listening to her parents play it on the radio.

She hopes to make music her career.

“I like country music but I also do lots of other different styles as well so I’d just like to be an artist in general,” she said.

“But the country music festival and getting into country music is a really good way to kick-start someone’s career.”

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