ALBURY teenager Zac Spalding is hitting country music heartland in July.
Zac, 14, was among the young artists chosen to join the cream of Australian country music mentors at Tamworth for the 2019 Junior Academy.
Aged from 10 to 18, 22 singers and five instrumentalists were selected from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand.
A Wodonga Middle Years College student, Zac said he had settled on country rock as a genre last year.
He said he had explored contemporary/pop styles but country was the right fit.
"Country rock is something that is easy listening and you can just rock along to," he said.
Performing as part of a duo with his sister Eliza, Zac said Eliza had joined the Junior Academy lineup at Tamworth two years ago.
"I'm looking forward to learning more about the country music industry and improving my music," Zac said.
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Seven-time Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell and fellow Golden Guitar winner and Bushwackers member Roger Corbett run The Academy while Simon Johnson, Fanny Lumsden, Mickey Pye and David Carter will lead the groups.
"A major highlight for me is seeing the growth that the students undergo through the intensive course," Bowtell said.
The Academy junior course runs from July 6 to 12 ahead of the Hats Off to Tamworth Festival.
A Country Music and Trivia fundraiser to help Zac chase his music dreams will run at St Ives Hotel in Wodonga on Saturday night from 7pm to 10.30pm.
Country artists Danny Phegan, Iva Mahoni, Eliza and Zac will perform during the event.
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