LIKE any smart and passionate artist Trinity Woodhouse always has her ears open to learning.
She's been wise enough, despite being just 17, to previously saddle up with legendary country songwriter Allan Caswell to co-write her debut single Sandy & Me in 2018 at the Country Music Association of Australia's junior academy.
The Cessnock High year 12 student also boasts nine-time Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell as her vocal coach.
For her second single Bouquet, released last Friday, Woodhouse teamed up with Newcastle's Troy Kemp for a more commercial country sound.
"I struggle to write the fun upbeat songs," Woodhouse said. "A lot of the songs that I write are not very happy or upbeat, so I thought it would be great to write with Troy because by writing with him I'd learn new ways and techniques to write songs and potentially pick up ways to write a song and change the feel to make it how I want."
Bowtell provided backing vocals for Bouquet and stars in the music video as the organiser of a speed dating session. Woodhouse said Bowtell has become an invaluable mentor on all facets of the music industry.
"If I need any advice on something, whether or not to do this or that, I go to her and ask, 'What's your recommendation'," she says. "She just talks me through advice on my career as a whole."
GUY OFFERS T.R.U.T.H
GUY Sebastian is taking a long view approach to touring in the era of COVID-19 by announcing a national tour beginning in Newcastle in November 2021.
The T.R.U.T.H. Tour will kick-off at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on November 4 before taking in another 11 dates around Australia.
The ARIA Award winner and inaugural Australian Idol has endured a roller coaster 2020. On Friday he'll release his new album T.R.U.T.H, which features the singles Love On Display and If He Won't.
Tickets for Guy Sebastian's T.R.U.T.H Tour go on sale 2pm Friday.
COLLINS FLIES FLAG
CESSNOCK country singer-songwriter Travis Collins was the sole Hunter musician nominated for the 2020 ARIA Awards on Tuesday.
The six-time Golden Guitar winner was nominated for Best Country Album for his eighth record Wreck Me, which also became his first ARIA top-10 release in August.
Collins faces stiff competition from Fanny Lumsden (Fallow), Casey Barnes (Town of A Million Dreams), Jasmine Rae (Lion Side) and The McClymonts (Mayhem To Madness).
Sydney indie-pop band Lime Cordiale led the nominations with eight, for their No.1 album 14 Steps To A Better You, including best album and group.
Tame Impala (seven nominations), Sampa The Great (six), DMA'S and Miiesha (five) are also expected to feature heavily at the ARIA Awards on November 25.
JAGUAR ON PROWL
AUSTRALIAN Eurovision contestant Jaguar Jonze will return the Cambridge Hotel on November 26 as part of her Deadalive tour.
It's been a crazy year for the Brisbane artist, whose real name is Deena Lynch. In February she performed her single Rabbit Hole for Eurovision: Australia Decides and despite dislocating her shoulder during the show she continued the performance.
Shortly after her US tour was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic and on return to Australia Jonze contracted COVID-19.
The 2019 triple j Unearthed winner Georgia Mannion, aka George Alice, has also announced a Cambridge show on November 26.
The 17-year-old electro-pop artist is best known for a breakout track Circles.
SYDNEY garage band Crocodylus will play the Cambridge Hotel on December 5 as part of their first shows since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Last week the three-piece released their new single Social Climber, which blends '60s surf rock, garage and psych.
BREE POPS CORK ON SECOND SINGLE
ONCE upon a time teenagers were drinking passion pop or goon. But according to the latest single from 17-year-old Newcastle indie-folk singer Bree Rusev they have more refined tastes in 2020.
On Friday the Newcastle Grammar year 11 student will release her second single Drift, following on from Coastline which announced the emerging talent back in June.
Just like Coastline, Drift showcases Rusev's sweet and ethereal vocals reminiscent of Julia Stone as she sings, "We drink warm champagne on the days we wanna fly away."
Rusev said the song promotes positive mental health and being mindful of the present.
THERE was a celebratory vibe in the air last Friday as Wyong's The Art House reopened as a live music venue after seven long months following the coronavirus pandemic.
Greg Gould and Andrew Worboys & Elenoa Rokobaro kicked off the first weekend of entertainment, which will continue every Friday and Saturday night.