AT 17 years old Liam Kennedy-Clark took a huge leap and left his family behind to his pursue his passion of country music.

The move from Ashburton on New Zealand's south island to Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast has been a "great move" for the now 18-year-old, who after a year of chasing his dream in Australia released his first album last Friday.

"I grew up in New Zealand and ever since I was eight I've been playing music and doing gigs," he said.

"When I finished school I decided to move to Australia. I'd been over a couple of times to Tamworth and the Urban Country Music Festival and knew it was an industry I wanted to be a part of.

"My family were right behind me so I shifted over here and moved in with a great family that has made everything a lot easier for me."

After an easy transition to the Coast Liam then put in hard work to promote himself and perform as much as possible. As a result of his dedication and talent he went on to make the top 10 in the Toyota Star Maker competition at Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Sippy Downs teenager Liam Kennedy-Clark has been making his mark in the country music world.
Sippy Downs teenager Liam Kennedy-Clark has been making his mark in the country music world. Contributed

He said it was after his music received such a positive response at Tamworth that the decision was made to officially release an album.

"It's been pretty exciting to have original music that's being played," he said.

"We've had great feedback from it so far and the first single I Don't Want to Grow Up has been released to the radio and is getting plays all over Australia and New Zealand."

Liam said he was now aiming towards getting his album played as many times as possible before he started work on a second album.

"The next thing now is I've just got to go out and do gigs and promote it as much as I can," he said.

"In a year or two I'll be working towards another album but now I'm just promoting this album and getting it out to a crowd."



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