Waimate singer wins country music award

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Waimate singer Kaylee Bell won best album at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore on Friday.

She received the Best Country Music Album 2014 award for her album Hearts First.

The 25-year-old singer, who grew up in Waimate and is now based in Australia, also won Best Female Artist at the National Country Music Awards in 2013 and became the first Kiwi since Keith Urban to win Australia’s Toyota Star Maker title.

Recorded Music NZ chief executive Damian Vaughan said Miss Bell is one of the most promising young New Zealand artists.

“With earnest lyrics and uplifting performances, Heart First is an outstanding example of the exceptional country music produced in New Zealand.”

The Best Country Music Song award went to Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson for Whiskey & Kisses.

The New Zealand Country Music Awards were hosted in Gore on Friday as part of a week-long celebration of country music.

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WINNER: Waimate singer Kaylee Bell won best album at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore on Friday.