Whyalla acts up for awards

COUNTRY STAR: Whyalla singer.songwriter Jaylee Daniels is one of two local acts in the running for the SA Music Awards.

COUNTRY STAR: Whyalla singer.songwriter Jaylee Daniels is one of two local acts in the running for the SA Music Awards.

The South Australian Music Awards have a long history of awarding excellence in music for seasoned and emerging artists alike, and this year two Whyalla acts are in the running to bring a trophy home.

Whyalla Recording Scholarship winner Jaylee Daniels, who released her debut single "Tonight" earlier this year, is eligible for the People's Choice Award in the Country Music category.

Jaylee is encouraging fans of her music to click and vote for her.

"By visiting southaustralianmusicawards.com.au people can cast a vote for me, and show the rest of the state that the Eyre Peninsula has some awesome Original music talent out there" Jaylee said.

"Winning a People's Choice Award would be incredible and would showcase my music and its message even further afield. "Tonight" is about connection and being there for others which has been just so important over the last 2 years".

If metal music is your style you can also cast a vote for local rock outfit "Shattered Hourglass" in the Heavy Artist category.

Drummer Craig MacIntyre said his group, which features 13-year-old guitar prodigy Raiden MacIntyre, were wrapt to be nominated in the awards.

"For the band it's awesome, it's huge for Raiden he'll have so much opportunity from it and recognotion from his musical peers who are three times his age," he said.

"We're pretty proud of that achievement."

Shattered Hourglass have been busy locally, recently performing at the COMET Festival, and gearing up for another music festival in Port Pirie. They're also planning to start recording new music at the end of this year.

While the current format of the awards launched in 2015 under the guardianship of Music SA, previously they were know as the Fowler's Live Music Awards and prior to that the SAMIs (South Australian Music Industry Awards) which started in 1992.

A panel of industry experts will once again choose the winners of awards such as "Best Single Release" and "Best New Artist", while music fans themselves can have a say by voting for their favourite artists across a wide array of genres.

Music SA's general manager Kim Roberts said that this year's awards would help recognise the toils of the South Australian musical community in light of the effects of the pandemic.

"It's been a difficult time for our industry, so the SAM Awards are the perfect way to celebrate the SA music community's achievements over the last year".

LOUD AND LOCAL: Shattered Hourglass have also been nominated in the SA Music Awards.

LOUD AND LOCAL: Shattered Hourglass have also been nominated in the SA Music Awards.