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Music flows through the veins of Liam Kennedy-Clark. Originally from New Zealand, Liam now calls Australia home. Hailing from the serene Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Liam is a talented multi- instrumentalist as well as a gifted singer/songwriter.
There is no hiding Liam’s “Old Country Soul” within his youthful body. Growing up with influences like Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and David Gilmore he was destined to follow one path on his musical journey. Throw modern idols like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban into the mix and you have the perfect recipe for a credible and authentic Country sound. Liam combines the best elements of a traditional country music sound with the contemporary country rock styling that have made the genre one of the most successful in North America.
Unlike many of his peers who specialize in a couple of instruments, Kennedy-Clark challenges himself to multi-skill as a musician. He is currently proficient with acoustic & electric guitar, upright & electric bass, piano & organ, drums, harmonica, trumpet, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel, dobro and piano accordion. This flexibility allows him to explore many horizons and contribute in numerous ways as an artist.
Not content with playing music though, Liam’s passion for production has channeled his attentions in this direction and he has now finished and released a self-produced album of original songs, and all by the tender age of 18.
Kennedy-Clark already has a swag of achievements in his music career. These include Toyota Star Maker Top 10 Finalist in January 2016, winning the Junior Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year in Tamworth in 2014, and the Coca Cola/Yamaha Battle of the Young Stars (senior section);; as well as Queensland’s "Voice of Urban" 2014 Runner-up. He has also won many overall prizes around New Zealand including New Zealand Gold Guitar Intermediate Overall Winner in 2013 and has appeared on the national TV screens in New Zealand – ranking in the Top 24 of NZ X-Factor.
Liam is a passionate young artist and has his goals firmly set on continuing forward in the music industry – singing, playing, producing, and writing his own material. Along with regular gigs and performances across Australia and New Zealand over the past few years, Liam spends a lot of his spare time in his home studio, where he has been undertaking session work on a variety of instruments, as well as travelling around as a backing musician for other artists.
Achievements & Highlights
Toyota Star Maker Top 10 Finalist
Announced as a Fender endorsed artist
Release of self-produced EP 'Better Times'
Launch of Liam's own recording studio 'Sand Stone Studios'
• QLD Champion of Champion Senior Overall Winner (with Cassi Hilbers)
• Overall Senior Winner at the ACMA Country Music Festival (QLD)
• Winner of Senior Duo Section at the ACMA Country Music Festival (QLD)
•Winner of the Senior Authentic Vocal section at the ACMA Country Music Festival (QLD)
• Winner of the Senior Modern Country section at the ACMA Country Music Festival (QLD)
• Winner of the Senior Instrumental section at the ACMA Country Music Festival (QLD)
•Encouragement Award from Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards (TSA)
•Top 5 Finalist in New Songwriter of the Year category at Tamworth Songwriting Awards
•Winner of the Senior male section of CCMA Music awards (Tamworth)
• Release of co-produced Debut Album ‘The Road Out’
• Soloist in Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park
•Smoke free Rock Quest Regional winner & Top 30 in NZ
• Performance on New Zealand breakfast TV Show ‘Good Morning’
• Performance on New Zealand TV Show ‘The 4.30 Show’
•New Zealand Country Music Assn - Intermediate Entertainer of the Year
•Winner of Junior male section of CCMA Music awards (Tamworth)
•Voice of Urban Runner Up at the Urban Country Music Festival (Queensland)
•Overall winner of Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year – Junior section (Tamworth)
•Overall Senior winner of Coca-Cola/Yamaha Battle of the Young Stars (Tamworth)
• Overall Intermediate Winner Waikato Country Music Assn Awards
• Overall Intermediate Winner Sun City Awards (Nelson)
• Graduated from CMAA Academy of Country Music (Australia)
•Awarded an ‘Achievers Award’ from the Asthma Foundation of NZ
• Announced as a Yamaha Endorsed Artist
• Overall Runner-up Southern Alps Country Music awards (Timaru, NZ)
• Overall Runner-up Best of the West Awards (Westport, NZ)
•Overall runner-up Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year awards (Tamworth)
• NZ X-Factor – Top 24
•Finalist of the Yamaha Battle of the Youngstars (Tamworth
• Intermediate Overall Winner NZ Gold Guitar awards: including
• Winner of Traditional section
• Winner of Open Group (“State Highway One” band)
• Winner of NZ composition section (won with a co-written original song)
• Winner of Gospel section
• Winner of Duo section
• Winner of Country Rock section
• Winner of “Freeze Ya Bits off” Busking Competition (State Highway Band)
• Winner of the Intermediate Traditional section at NZ Gold Guitar Awards
• Winner of the Senior Open Group at NZ Gold Guitar awards (band State Highway One)
• Winners of the “Freeze Ya Bits Off” Busking Comp with the (band State Highway One) • Winner of Ashburton’s Got Talent
• Overall Winner Southern Alps Country Music Awards (Timaru, NZ)
• Overall Winner of the Whitestone Country Music awards
• First place Open Song Writing Section at Whitestone Country Music Awards, (NZ)
• Overall Winner of the Waimate Competitions Society awards (Waimate, NZ)
• Overall Winner of the Central Coast Country Music awards (Oamaru, NZ)
• Overall Winner at Best of the West Awards (Westport, NZ)
• Winner of the Scholarship to attend the CMAA Academy of Country Music
• Overall Winner Sun City Country Music awards (Nelson, NZ)
• New Zealand’s Got Talent – voted 2nd nationally in online voting
• Overall Winner Southern Alps Country Music awards (Timaru, NZ)
• Overall Runner-up Sun City Country Music awards (Nelson, NZ)