STAR ON THE RISE:  Forbidden Road band members bassist Dean Harropbass, drummer Gary Hirst and singers Glenn Hand and Kellie Hand. Kellie was once a nervous singer.
STAR ON THE RISE: Forbidden Road band members bassist Dean Harropbass, drummer Gary Hirst and singers Glenn Hand and Kellie Hand. Kellie was once a nervous singer. Alistair Brightman

From shy to confident: Singing on stage helped Kellie

FORBIDDEN Road vocalist Kellie Hand has travelled nationally and internationally with the Hervey Bay-based country rock band and played on prestigious stages including the Gympie Country Music Muster.

But she didn't always beam with the on-stage confidence she has today.

Like many budding artists, her first ever performance was full of butterflies and nerves while on stage at a local music club.

"I started out a few years ago when I built up the courage getting up at a local club and performing one song in front of a great group of supportive music lovers," Kellie said.

"My mouth was trembling while I was singing because I was so nervous but with the ongoing support of the members and this great opportunity I kept getting up and just got better and better.

"I gained more confidence, tried new songs and now I am in one of the busiest bands in Hervey Bay with an EP being released in May this year."

Kellie and the band, made up of her husband Glenn, Ryan White and Michael Moores, will be the headline act at The Country Rock Blues Club at Z-Pac Theatre on April 17, which is just like the music club where Kellie first performed.

If it's your dream to sing, play guitar or show off any other talent, Kellie's advice is to get along to the club each Sunday and have a go.

"There is a lot of support and they are one of the friendliest clubs in the Bay."

Club member Ken Sutton agreed, adding that the club was established for that very reason; to provide entertainers with the opportunity to perform on stage in a well-equipped theatre and in front of an appreciative audience.

"Musicians who have never performed away from their living rooms have the opportunity to get up on stage where they know their efforts will be appreciated, even if their stage craft is limited," Ken said.

"Come along, no matter what your level of musicianship or singing ability. All will be welcome to perform solo or with the band."

The club meets each Sunday at the Zephyr St theatre, from 6pm to about 10pm. Walk-ups welcome.

The concert featuring Forbidden Road will be held on Sunday, April 17, from noon with the band playing at 3.30pm.

Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for Z-Pac members.

Phone Mr Sutton on 0419654560 or email countryrockblues.zpac@gmail.com.



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