The band is swinging for our Keri

IT WILL be one busy summer for home-grown musician Keri McInerney, with a long list of countries on her jet-setting list.

The country music star’s career has taken off since she swept a bag of medals at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood in July.

Ms McInerney won gold in Latin and four silvers across country, originals, open and jazz categories at the competition involving performers from 51 countries.

Now, just three months on, she is planning to head to New York with a publishing company which is pushing for her music to enter the world of film and television.

She will also be travelling to New Zealand where she will carry out duties from her newly appointed role as ambassador for WCOPA. She will talk to aspiring musicians and industry professionals about her experiences as well as perform a few shows.

Ms McInerney will also keep herself busy scouting the Fraser Coast and the rest of Australia for new talent before heading off to Nashville for more work.

Although she can foresee how exhausted she will be this time next year, she cannot hide her enthusiasm: “It’s great. I love it.”

Ms McInerney will also be adding the United Kingdom to her itinerary, with plans to work on her new album with Billy Ocean’s producer Gregg Assing before heading back to Los Angeles for the 2010 WCOPA.

Closer to home she is organising a festival in local musician Bob Carlson’s name for about October 2010.

That may even include a car rally to raise money for motor neurone disease and stem-cell research. She hopes this will become a huge yearly event on the Fraser Coast’s tourism calendar.



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