Country music artist tunes up for Tamworth

Synarah MurphyThe West Australian
Country music artist Billy Woodley has received an invitation to Tamworth.
Camera IconCountry music artist Billy Woodley has received an invitation to Tamworth. Credit: Rebecca Belt

Aspiring Hedland musician Billy Woodley has received an invitation to Australia's country music capital to undergo a two-week music course.

The 27-year-old has dropped all commitments to chase his dream of becoming an artist at The Academy in Tamworth this month.

Woodley has challenged himself and said he was shocked to have received an invitation without actually applying.

“I did not know what was going on, until I called my brother and he said ‘you made it’,” he said. “I was very excited but I could not believe that he applied for me, and I thought ‘this isn’t real — I am actually going to Tamworth’.”

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The Academy will give the music enthusiast a push to pursue his music career with some of Australia’s greatest artists.

Woodley said he would be taught songwriting and instrumental techniques by artists he grew up listening to and he was anxious to perform at the final graduation ceremony this week.

“Listening to country music was second nature growing up, and to get lessons from Kasey Chambers will be unreal,” Woodley said.

“We always went fishing and camping but music has always been a big part of my life.

Musical talent runs in the family and Woodley said growing up with musically talented relatives had helped him chase his passion.

“My father being a singer, songwriter and recording artist has taught me a lot,” he said.

“There were many jam sessions which filled the house with all sorts of musical genres.”

Woodley has ambitions to record and perform his original songs throughout Australia.

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