Gunnedah singer-songwriters places third in Unsigned Only Music Competition

CHASING A DREAM: Gunnedah musician Katrina Burgoyne has been on the road, writing and performing around America. She is pictured here playing a show in Memphis. Photo: Jody Lynch

CHASING A DREAM: Gunnedah musician Katrina Burgoyne has been on the road, writing and performing around America. She is pictured here playing a show in Memphis. Photo: Jody Lynch

Gunnedah’s Katrina Burgoyne has scooped up yet another songwriting award.

She picked up her most recent accolade in the Unsigned Only Music Competition. She won the country section with her song, When I’m Broken.

The songbird found out she was a finalist about a month ago, and discovered she was a winner just days ago when she was travelling on the road to a show in Indiana. 

“Every positive pep up is so much appreciated,” Katrina said.

“I feel like the encouragement has come right when I needed it.

"I won some cool prizes and feel honored to be this year’s country winner.”

It’s not the first time her song has received recognition, placing third in the country category in the International Songwriting Competition in May, just months after moving to Nashville in January.

“Nashville is great,” Katrina said.

“Coming up on 8 months I am about to move into a studio apartment right in the city between downtown and music row.

“Creating a business from scratch has been challenging but I've got to the point of securing financial security, now I can focus on continuing to peel the layers off this town and building further on this career.

“I feel like there is a new chapter about to begin for me as I move into my own apartment.”

Katrina performing in Indiana.

Katrina said she has spent the last two months writing and travelling to Wisconsin, Memphis and Indiana to play shows.

“I opened for Lonestar, played a headline show at the Bluebird Cafe and saw a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse,” she said.

“Every day is an adventure.”

Finding her feet.

The songstress said despite the ups, she was “craving” the reassurance of home because of her demanding schedule.

“To escape the Groundhog Day of 12-hour work days in Nashville working hard would be a sweet exhale,” she said.

“I'm so homesick and feel burnt-out and alone. But I know the moment I land in Gunnedah, I'll be ready to turn around and run at this goal again.

“I was planning on coming home for Christmas or February, however, I have decided to sit tight, [so] I'm not sure when I'll be home.”

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