Brendon Walmsley

2005 College of Country Music

Posted on 07-01-2005

BrendonRed 1998 marked the second year of the CMAA Australian College of Country Music, where students from all over Australia and New Zealand converged on Tamworth to learn the secrets of success in the country music industry.

Among those students was a young man from Toowoomba, Queensland, named Brendon Walmsley.

"Coming to College in 1998, I was given this one massive opportunity to learn from the best the industry has to offer - anything could happen" said Brendon.

And true to his vision, a lot has happened for Brendon since 1998.

One year later, Brendon went on to win Toyota Star Maker. In 2000 he collected his first Toyota Golden Guitar Award in the New Talent category. Since then he has collected another two Golden Guitars for Heritage Song of the Year in 2001, and 2002.

He is highly regarded within the country music industry as among the elite in song writing and performing.

6 years later sees Brendon return to the College as one of the tutors who is leading tomorrows rising stars of country music.

Cheryl Hayes, General Manager of the CMAA said "we are so pleased that Brendon has agreed to come and tutor at the College this year. He has so much to offer the students. College is all about the industry sharing their experience and expertise with up and coming artists."

Brendon will be joined at College 2005 by the industry's best artists, producers and executives who will share their experiences including Beccy Cole, Roger Corbett of The Bushwackers, and Trev Warner, one of Australia's finest blue grass musicians.

The students will also meet special guests Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand, Sara Storer, Garth Porter, Nick Erby and Jim Haynes.

"The College receives amazing support from our industry, and the students benefit from that involvement in such a positive way" said Cheryl Hayes.

Like Brendon, past College Graduates have gone on to support major artists on tours, recorded Golden Guitar winning tracks and won many of the major talent quests.

An impressive statistic is that College Graduates have won 7 out of the last 8 Toyota Star Maker titles and have shared in receiving 14 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards.

For Brendon, College provided a great wealth of knowledge and some long lasting friendships. "I know these students will gain so much from their two weeks at College, I am sure they will look back on it with the same great memories as I do. I guess I am lucky in that I get to do it all again".