Q & A with Tania Kernaghan

All Australian girl Ben Tania Kernaghan has helped to shape the landscape of modern country music in Australia with her smash hits including ‘That’s A Tradie’ and ‘Boys In Boots’.

Audiences can expect big things from Kernaghan when she performs at Bella Vista Farm on Saturday March 3 as part of Country Rocks Festival Sydney.

Q: What can audiences expect from your upcoming performance at Country Rocks Festival Sydney?

A: Musically, I’ll be taking them on a journey starting with songs that appeared in my first album, December Moon, right through to songs from my current album All Australian Girl. As soon as I walk on stage, for me, it’s about entertaining the audience to the max and it does not get any better than when you are performing in front of a country crowd.

Q: What’s your song making process? How has it changed over time?

When I’m writing songs sometimes it starts with a melody, other the times lyrics come first. A strong idea that people can relate to is always key for me when writing a new song. The method in which I write has stayed the same though the themes and topics have changed somewhat. I guess that comes with life and all the experiences you have along the way. I am particularly inspired by Australia, both it’s people and the landscape.

Q: What’s been your career highlight so far?

A: There have been so many wonderful career highlights that I have enjoyed. From being awarded Golden Guitars to singing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. On a personal level though, I have always believed it’s not what you get out of your career, it is what you can give back and to me, that is very rewarding and what I would call career success.

Q: You’ve released numerous popular albums and were the first female artist to receive a star on the Galaxy of Stars on the forecourt of Tamworth’s Entertainment Centre. What do you credit your immense success to?

A: Hard work, consistency and never forget where you come from.

Q: Artist, television presenter, actress, motivational speaker and emcee are just a few of your impressive accomplishments. How do you juggle such a wide range of activities along with your music career? 

A: I wonder about this sometimes myself. I have a great team of people around me who make sure I am in the right place at the right time. It’s important though to focus your energy on things you actually enjoy doing, then it’s less like work.

Q: Both of your siblings, Lee and Fiona, and your parents are well known in the music industry also. Has being surrounded by their influence helped inspire you within your own music career?

A: Absolutely.

Q: Being in the industry so long, I would assume you have many young country music artists coming up to you and asking for advice. What do you tell them?

A: My best advice would be, be true to yourself.

Q: Did anyone give you advice that has helped in your own music career?

A: My Mum and Dad – “if you think you can you can!” And “don’t believe your own publicity”.

Q: What’s next?

A: Writing, recording and touring our great nation, the best country in the world.

Catch Tania Kernaghan at the Country Rocks Festival Sydney on Saturday, March 3 at Bella Vista Farm from 10am to 11.30pm.

For more info and to grab your tickets now, head to www.countryrockssydney.com.au.

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