Sara Storer keeps racking up accolades, adding an ARIA for Country Album of the Year in November last year and following that up with a Golden Guitar as Female Artist of the Year and another for Best Bush Ballad (Amazing Night) in January at the Country Music Awards.
For anyone who is counting, that’s 21 – so far, and there are bound to be more.
Despite wrangling a brood of four boys, she finds time to write songs from the heart and her observations of the Australian landscape.
A move from Darwin to the border town of Albury was the impetus for her album Silos. “My songs are my stories,” the 43-year-old says. “It’s kinda nice being closer to my family and [husband] Dave’s family; it’s kinda nice to be back rural. I love cold weather.”
Amazing Night from the album was written after the family was invited over to a neighbour’s place where they sat around a big fire near a billabong. “People always invite you over and I hadn’t written a camp fire song so I just entered it and crossed my fingers.
“There was some discussion as to whether it should be traditional, but it’s a contemporary one and I was thrilled to win.”
Storer says she loves going to Tamworth for the awards. “You get to catch up with mates and dress up. You get anxiety waiting, so I like it when I’m not nominated as you can enjoy it more.”
She says when you put out an album you always try to make it better than the one before. “Every time you release something it’s about who you are at the time, so I hoped people understood where I was coming from. It [Female Artist of the Year award] certainly gave the album a boost.
The singer songwriter says she writes it “as it is”. “I keep things real. It’s easier for me to write that way, it’s not easy for me to make it up, I’m not very creative.”
Performing in support of Sara at Laurieton United Services Club tonight (Thursday, May 25,) is Wauchope lad Angus Gill.
She says she hasn’t heard any of the 19-year-old’s music. “I really look forward to meeting him and hearing his songs. I’m all for supporting new talent.” Her regular support, brother Greg, will also be performing.
Tickets are $32 and the show starts at 8pm.