THERE were two celebrations this month for Noosa country pop singer Taylor Moss.
One for her 17th birthday and the other as the winner in the Junior Category of the Urban Country Music Talent Search.
The TAFE music student with a big ambition and even bigger talent performed her own songs to gain first place in the industry's highly regarded competition held in Keith Urban's hometown of Caboolture.
"There were 30 contestants and then it came down to five semi-finalists," Taylor said.
Gaining first place means Taylor can now compete in the Queensland Champion of Champions music festival in November.
"It's is one of the most prestigious awards an amateur country music artist can win," she said.
Piano is the first instrument for the former Tewantin primary and Sunshine Beach High School student, but she took up guitar when she was 13.
At the same time, she was touched by the death of her aunt and uncle in a car accident on the Bruce Highway and channelled her emotions into her first original song.
Since then Taylor has single-mindedly continued to create musical milestones.
At 15 with her mentor, local musician Michelle Bradford-Jones, she recorded an EP of her songs co-written with Michelle at Albert Park studios, Sydney.
She plans to use her talent search prize money for further recording.
Taylor organises her own gigs and is booked out until September.
Sunshine Coast TAFE music teacher Eloise Gallagher said she was not surprised about Taylor's success.
"Taylor is one of those highly motivated individuals who comes to TAFE and makes every effort to be the best that she can be, and she lives and breathes the music industry," Ms Gallagher said.
When she does take some time out, its straight to Noosa River. "I love wakeboarding and skiing," she said.
Taylor will perform at Laguna Jacks in Hastings Street on June 1, 9.30pm. (can buy a CD there).
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