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2TM Regional News

Searching for the next country star

Updated: May 24, 2023

In today’s society, it is a dream for many young adults to make themselves known, to put their name out into the world, have people know who they are and create their own legacy.

This year marks the 44th year of Toyota Star Maker, a chance for young Australians to compete for a career that will share their name across the nation, pursuing a career in country music as professionals.

Each year, Star Maker invites passionate young artists to come and compete for opportunities that will provide a significant career boost for the winner.

Unlike the Australian Country Music Awards, Toyota Star Makers opens up a range of opportunities for young Australians over the age of 18 as a way to advance their career and get their name out into the world.

Since it was first kicked off in 1979 by Radio 2TM, Star Maker has changed 44 lives, giving them a career with image and endless opportunities, establishing the careers of a number of today’s high-profile stars such as Keith Urban, James Blundell and Beccy Cole.

“It gives you a running start that you need and the professional development that you need to mix it with the heavy hitters of the industry,” Winner of the 2023 Toyota Star Maker, Loren Ryan said.

“It gives you all the opportunities to connect with people who carry you on from your star maker year and beyond.”

In an interview in Tamworth Country Music Capital news, Lauren shared the recent events of her professional life, involving Star Maker and the advancement in her career.

“I’ve kicked off my nationwide tour as a support act for Urthboy, it includes 18 show dates across Australia and I’m getting to experience parts of this beautiful country I’ve never been to before,” Loren said.

However, her music career advancement is not the only achievement since winning the 2023 Star Maker, she has also been invited to guest host the children’s TV show Play School.

Star Maker Loren Ryan with Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey at the Maceay Country Muster in Kempsey.

“If you’re passionate, determined and ready to make your mark in this industry, then I encourage you to get your entry in,” Toyota Star Maker Manager, Cheryl Brown said.

The winner of the 2024 Toyota Star Maker will receive a prize package valued at over $100,000.

To enter, artists must submit two original tracks, plus a list of their achievements and describe why they are ready to be the next Star Maker winner.

Finalists will be announced later in the year and will be invited to perform at the 52nd Tamworth Country Music Festival, in the 2024 Toyota Star Maker Grand Final in Toyota Park on January 21, 2024.

Artists wishing to enter can head to


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