Aldinga Beach musician Loren Kate, 30, has taken out the Adelaide heat for Telstra Road to Discovery, one of Australia’s most recognised talent development programs that searches for the next great generation of original songwriters.
Now in its 12th year, the Telstra Road to Discovery program provides a real and genuine pathway into the Australian music scene for emerging home-grown musicians.
Loren Kate is now in the running to win a $15,000 music development fund and a trip to the United States to perform at the Americana Music Festival. The prize also includes ongoing opportunities for further development including local gigs and education to help kick-start their music career.
Loren Kate, who plays guitar and ukele, is an alternative folk musician and has been performing for 10 years. On winning the Adelaide heat, Loren Kate said she was excited to have progressed through the heat and was looking forward to the next stages of the program.
“I’m so excited, just stoked with the win! It was a beautiful night and all the songwriters were amazing, I didn’t expect to win but I’m looking forward to immersing myself in songwriting at the bootcamp in Melbourne” she said.
Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Adelaide, Michael McGlashan, said Loren Kate was a definite crowd pleaser and he is looking forward to following them on their journey.
“This is a fabulous opportunity for Loren Kate, who will now have access to some of the music industry’s most influential contacts from which they can learn and hone their skills” Mr McGlashan said.
“Since 2003, Telstra Road to Discovery has given budding artists the opportunity to develop their craft through mentoring sessions, advice and support from leading music industry professionals. Over the years, incredible talent such as Jessica Mauboy and South Australia’s own Kelly Menhennett have been discovered through the program,” continued Mr McGlashan.
Loren Kate performed two original acoustic songs at the heat, titled ‘Forgotten Sailor’ and ‘So Lucky’ alongside five other hopefuls from the state to a captivated audience at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide on Thursday 28th August and received praise from judge Bill Page, Creative Manager of Mushroom Music.
Loren Kate will now progress to a three day music mentoring boot camp in Melbourne in October, joining 15 other hopefuls from across the country. Here musicians will gain an insight into the music business and valuable knowledge from some of the industry’s most influential figures on topics ranging from publishing and touring, through to song construction, performance and publicity.
From here Loren Kate will take part in the Semi Finals event in Melbourne on October 24 where 10 musicians will be selected to progress to the grand final event in Melbourne on December 3.
For more information, visit telstra.com/trtd