Denvah, Jay Santilli and Findlay Webb have been announced as NQ’s Rock’n Country Reboot Competition finalists for 2023.
Announced on Friday, July 7, the finalists were chosen by judges KIX’s Justin Thomson, Aussie icon Shannon Noll and country-rock singer-songwriter Jayne Denham.
NQ’s Rock’n Country shared on social media, “Thank you to all the artists who took the time to enter into the competition, we loved watching you all. We were overwhelmed with the talent of this year's entrants… Our incredible judges had some tough choices to make!”
The three finalists will open the main stage at NQ’s Rock’n Country 2023 with a 30-minute set across the three-day festival (1st – Sunday, 2nd – Saturday and 3rd – Friday).
Each winner also wins flights and accommodation for two people to Mackay, VIP tickets for two people to NQ's Rock'n Country, NQ's Rock'n Country merchandise, photo shoot (for advertising and social media), personalised merchandise kit (with artist logo) and more.
Additionally, the first-place winner will receive a recording session (one original song) and flights to Nashville to record a song with Ken Royster.
According to the website, Reboot is a “unique competition offering an opportunity for Australian country music artists to move forward on a world class platform. The competition will target exceptionally talented artists, who have put their careers on hold, are lacking confidence to be involved in the industry, with the uncertainty and risk to solely focus on their music career, following so many unexpected challenges.”
To apply, each applicant was required to upload a video performing an original OR cover song, with a short introduction and why they are applying.
Rockhampton’s Denvah performed an acoustic version of her latest single, Typical, stating, it “takes a fun look at the of beauty not always getting you what you want in life.”
Santilli, who is based in Melbourne, sang her song, Love Someone Else, while Webb performed Again and Again, an original song which he says is from the unreleased album he’s “been working on for years.”
Set to go ahead on August 18-20 at the Mackay Showgrounds, the first announcement for Rock’n Country 2023 arrived in February, sporting heavyweight names like Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll, The Wolfe Brothers, Kaylee Bell and Adam Brand. It was followed up with another suite of names, topped by Morgan Evans, a pair of international stalwarts – Gord Bamford and Dan Davidson – and local favourites like Jayne Denham, Ben Ransom, Ella & Sienna, Brittany Elise and Sons Of Atticus.
Also billed high on the list are Luke Geiger, Colin Lillie, Pete Denahy and Hayley Jensen. There’s a further five acts added to the roster, including Vixens Of Fall, Chad Morgan and Kelly Llewellyn, plus a special performance from bush poets Mick Martin and Gary Fogarty, and a show called Dance Like An Animal hosted by Keely Johnson & Friends.
Additionally, Rob Kidd and Big Deez have been announced as the festival’s MCs.