Hayley Jenson has fond memories of Albury and the Border region.
The Sydney-based singer-songwriter is thrilled to be back for her album launch – she will perform a free concert at the Kinross Woolshed Thurgoona on May 12.
“Kinross Woolshed is one of the most iconic music venues you’ll hear of and everyone you speak to knows of it,” she says
“So, to be bringing a show there is a bit of a dream come true for me really.
“I remember as a kid mum and dad taking me down there for a meal and a band would be on.
“I’ve got really clear memories as a child of some of my first times enjoying live music at that venue so to be coming back and playing there is a real treat for me.”
Jensen had her first musical break on season two of Australian Idol placing fourth behind winner Casey Donovan.
Not only did she compete on Idol, Jensen also competed in The Voice, knocking Joel Madden off his chair with her rendition of Zoe Badwi’s Freefallin’ during the 2014 season.
Jensen has tapped into her love of country music with her new album Turning Up The Dial out on May 11, and is looking forward to returning to her country roots and performing a launch concert where she was born.
“I’m bringing a really great band, it should be a really great night,” Jensen says.
She was a 2016 finalist in the Toyota Star Maker competition – Australia’s biggest and most prestigious country music competition, which launched the careers of some of Australia’s biggest country music artists, such as Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban and James Blundell.
This year Jensen was a finalist in the Country Music Channel Awards for New Talent of the Year while she’s also Southern Stars Rising Female Artist Award winner.
Jensen says she often draws inspiration from her own life experiences, which has heavily influenced her music and songs.
The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund ambassador lost her father, Rod Thomas, to cancer in 2016.
“Losing a parent, or being in a horrible relationship, or being in love, or having the best time of your life on a Saturday night with your friends down at the Kinross I think real life situations, especially the ones that are a bit harder or the ones that are near to us are the stories that I like to capture and share in my music,” she says. “I think that’s what people connect with. Everyone has their own highs and lows.”