Shaza Leigh

2010 Articles & Media Releases Archive

  - ‘Country Music’s Golden Girl’

During the Tamworth Country Music Festival the National Gold Medallion Awards were presented to artists to acknowledge excellence on the Australian airwaves throughout the past year.  Shaza Leigh won the ‘QLD Female Vocalist of the Year’ for the 5th consecutive year.

The World Alliance for Radio Presenters (WARP) went national for the first time in 2010, recognizing all states and territories and also introduced three national awards including ‘Most Popular Female Artist of the Year on Radio’.  Shaza was ecstatic to win this award amongst an incredibly high standard of talent including Dianne Lindsay (NSW Female Vocalist of the Year), Lynette Guest (South East Female Vocalist of the Year) and Sandra Humphries (Central West Female Vocalist of the Year).

Shaza regards these ladies as being amongst the finest vocalists in the country and was honoured to be presented the national award, excitedly thanking her marketing team and producer Lindsay Butler in front of her peers on the evening.

Her third Gold Medallion Award for the evening was the ‘Listeners Choice Artist of the Year’ which saw Leigh almost speechless.  This was an award she had viewed as one earmarked by the males for sure.  ‘This is a tough award for a female to win’ she exclaimed.  A statement justified considering it was against a field including Troy Cassar-Daley (NSW Male Vocalist of the Year), John McSweeney (QLD Male Vocalist of the Year), Paul Costa (South East Male Vocalist of the Year) and Brian Letton (Central West Male Vocalist of the Year & Most Popular Male Artist of the Year on Radio).  Her excitement was paramount at collecting this award judged by the fans.

Shaza has been a favourite with the national media due to her many years on the road as one of our leading female touring artists.  She has toured with many of the greats throughout her career, conducts countless interviews in any given year and has established a firm friendship with many presenters around the country.  These awards signify her popularity within the Australian music business.

The Gold Medallion Awards proved beyond doubt that the media representatives on radio judging the awards, showed no prejudice with winners coming from the major labels and independent ranks of the music industry.  The awards were a refreshing addition to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Shaza tours annually with Lindsay Butler who was also awarded ‘NSW Musician of the Year’ at the awards.  Lindsay won this category for the fourth time and has always been considered one of Australia’s best musicians and greatest guitar players of his generation.

Shaz and Lindsay have just returned home to Tamworth from performances at the Bungendore Country Muster, near Canberra where Shaza also had the privilege of presenting The National Bush Ballad Awards with country music legend Ted Egan.

Shaza was born and raised in North Queensland on her family’s cane and cattle property, hence Qld being her state of origin.  Now proudly residing in Tamworth, country music capital, Shaza possesses one of the most dedicated work ethics of any performer and exudes positive energy at all times.  It is just deserts for one who puts in tireless hours not only promoting her career but is always there to lend a helping hand to her fellow artists at all times.

Shaza Leigh is truly one of Country Music’s Golden Girls and deserves all accolades that may come her way and her new album Seasons continues to grace our Australian airwaves.  (Photo Courtesy of June Underwood)











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