Jade Holland makes her mark on iTunes list
SHE may have lived in Townsville for the past five years, but one of Australia's fastest rising stars of country music feels equally at home in the Far North.
Jade Holland, 22, first found success last year by taking home four awards at the prestigious Annual World Championships of Performing Artists in Los Angeles and now, her first single Mess With A Girl Like Me has debuted at No.15 in the iTunes Country Music Chart.
"I don't know where to claim (home). I was born and raised in Mareeba and Koah, but went to school at Kuranda Primary and Kuranda High," she told The Cairns Post.
"We'll just call it North Queensland."
Holland said she's amazed at the early success of her single and hopes she can repeat it with her 2013 yet-to-be-titled debut album, which she plans to release in Australia, alongside events in Los Angeles and Nashville.
"It's kind of surreal. When I first saw it, I had to check twice," she said.
"Seeing your name up there with people who've sold hundreds of millions of albums is amazing."
Holland says she is also honoured to be made an official scout for the Annual World Championships of Performing Artists, the competition that paved her path to fame.
"I'll be out there in July next year, but for the first time, I'm scouting this year instead of competing," she says.
"Launching my album over there is even more incredible, my dream is to share my music with the world."
Jade Holland's Mess With A Girl Like Me is available at iTunes now. Details at jadeholland.com
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Career taking off: Far Northern country music artist Jade Holland.