Telstra Road Announces 11 Semi Finalists Who Will Progress to Boot Camp!

TRTD Semi FinalistsEleven aspiring songwriters are one step closer to launching their music careers, having been selected to perform at the Semi Final of Telstra Road to Discovery, one of Australia’s most prominent grassroots music development programs.

For over a decade, Telstra Road has been committed to the development of aspiring singer songwriters and has provided a launch pad for up and coming Australians who are now some of Australia’s finest musical acts including, Jessica Mauboy (2003), Harry Hookey (2012) and Melody Pool (2013).

From NSW to WA, VIC to QLD, the Telstra Road to Discovery program has uncovered a diverse range of musicians across a variety of genres including alternative folk, pop, electronic, rock, Americana and country.

Telstra General Manager Loyalty & Sponsorship, Fady Taouk, congratulated all musicians on making it to the Semi Final.

“This year we went completely digital bringing the entry process online as well as enticing new genres of musicians to the program. We’ve been extremely impressed by the amount of talent that entered this year’s Telstra Road program,” Mr. Taouk said.

The artists chosen to compete at the Semi Final include:

  1. Will Anderson, 18, Mackay QLD (alternative folk, acoustic guitar)
  2. Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, (Merpire) 27, Redfern NSW, (folk, pop, ukulele)
  3. Georgia Hahn, (Georgia Mae) 21, Red Hill QLD, (electronic, pop)
  4. Ciaram Granger, 28, Glenelg (folk, blues, country)
  5. Ryan Nebauer, (Neighbour) 24, Greenslopes QLD, (folk, pop, acoustic guitar and keyboard)
  6. Lucy Peach, 35, North Fremantle, (alternative folk, country, baritone ukulele)
  7. Lucy Messara (Lucy Lowe) 21, Mosman NSW, (folk, acoustic guitar)
  8. Tom West, 28, Hazelwood Park, SA, (alternative folk, acoustic guitar)
  9. Sydnee Carter, 17, Wanneroo, WA, (pop, folk, acoustic guitar)
  10. Sunny Hawkings, 36, Deepdene, VIC, (folk, rock acoustic guitar)
  11. Liv Cartledge, 18, St Kilda, VIC (pop, rock, acoustic guitar) wild card

The 11 hopefuls will now progress to a three day mentoring Boot Camp hosted by well-respected artists, producers and managers, where they will help the artists develop their understanding of the inner workings of the Australian Music Industry.

The Semi Final will see 6 of the artists go through to the Grand Final to be held in November. The Grand Final will reward two winners with a $15,000 music development fund and a trip to the United States. The prize also includes ongoing opportunities for further development including local gigs and education to help kick-start their music career.

For more information and to follow the journey of these talented artists through to the Semi Final, visit

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