IN A national tour to promote her Golden Guitar-nominated and No.4 ARIA-charting album, Believe, Alyce Simmonds will play at Ballarat’s Babushka Bar Friday night.
A leading country music singersongwriter, Simmonds has become one of the most played artists on Australian commercial radio.
The 26-year-old said she always loved music as a child and it was this love for singing that had driven her to turn a passion into a career.
“Apparently, as a little girl, I was always walking around singing,” she said.
“It wasn’t really until I moved to Tamworth and bought a guitar that I truly realised my love for music and country music in general.” Simmonds’ album has been nominated for a Golden Guitar, becoming her fourth career nomination.
“We make music because we love making music, not to win awards but to be recognised by music lovers, and the industry is really overwhelming,” Simmonds said.
“Being nominated for four Golden Guitars is something I dreamt about as a little girl, but that it has happened is just incredible.”
With inspiration from journeys around her, she said the album’s titled song was about going through tough experiences in life and finding strength to get through them.
“Over the past 10 years I’ve had seven rounds of major surgery, failed relationships, financial difficulty and I figure that if I’ve had those things happen in my life, so have thousands of others,” she said.
“So I wrote the song in the attempt to bring hope to those who feel like they just can’t take any more.”
A 10-year veteran of the industry, Simmonds’ two full-length albums have reached the top 10 of the official Australian Record Industry Association Charts.
She was also the winner of the Independent Country Music Awards of Australia for female rising star and winner of the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition.
Simmonds said she was excited to be playing in Ballarat for the first time.
“I’m really excited about it all, discovering a new town is a really great feeling,” she said.
WHAT: Alyce Simmonds
WHERE: Babushka Bar
WHEN: August 15, 8.30pm