Some MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Award winners are among artists who have songs on a compilation album to be released at the awards over Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Northern Southland-based former award winner Kayla Mahon will feature on the album.
Mahon had a song on the album called Do You Ever, which was recorded in Nashville, she said.
Former Gore singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow, who is now based in the United States, also has her country ballad Warrior Spirit on the album.
She also has a duet with Opshop’s Jason Kerrison.
Other artists include Kaylee Bell and Kelvin Cummings, NeillyRich and Liam Kennedy-Clark, along with Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan and the Warratahs, album producer Aly Cook said.
“New Zealand has a fantastic new generation of Kiwi country artists, who are very much hidden talent in their own country.
“It is hard for the New Zealand public to hear them, with little outlet for recorded country music on commercial television and radio,” Ms Cook said.
The exposure of country music from any country, for that matter, to the New Zealand general public was not great, she said.
“However there is a growing grassroots country music industry that is producing new music that tells our stories.”
These artists were gaining chart status as they were being played heavily on community and commercial radio alike, in Australia and worldwide.
The compilation album was about new audiences, both in New Zealand and internationally, discovering the beautiful country music being made by Kiwi country artists.
Ms Cook also produces a country music show on Kiwi Country TV.