Streaky Bay's Kaelin Haimes selected for Country Music Association of Australia Junior Academy

ON HER WAY: Kaelin Haimes of Streaky Bay will be part of the Country Music Association of Australia Junior Academy in Tamworth this month. Photo: Dylan Cook Photography

ON HER WAY: Kaelin Haimes of Streaky Bay will be part of the Country Music Association of Australia Junior Academy in Tamworth this month. Photo: Dylan Cook Photography

Streaky Bay's Kaelin Haimes will be returning to Tamworth this week to take part in the Country Music Association of Australia Junior Academy.

The course, which had to be postponed in 2020, returns to Calrossy Anglican School with a smaller capacity in 2021, with Kaelin one of 15 students and their parents heading to the New South Wales town.

The academy - led by multi-Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell as director and fellow award-winner Roger Corbett as general manager - aims to support the careers of up-and-coming performers aged 12 to 18.

Kaelin said she was looking forward to taking part in the academy.

"I'm so excited to be part of this academy, as it is a privilege to be accepted with all these other talented students and professional mentors," she said.

"I'm excited to work with professional musicians/mentors and talented students."

The 15-year-old musician attended her first Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2020, where she performed and qualified for various competitions.

Kaelin said she had grown as a musician since her last visit to Tamworth and was seeking to further her musical ability.

"I hope to become a better singer/songwriter, and to improve on my stage performance," she said.

"I have improved largely in my stage presence [since my last visit], along with my singing ability. I also think I have improved a lot in my songwriting skills as well."

Kaelin said COVID-19 has had a "large effect" on live music, but that it was starting to come back now, and this would provide more opportunities for gigs around Eyre Peninsula.

Academy group leaders Ashleigh Dallas, Jayne Denham and Mickey Pye, with guests and industry leaders Catherine Britt and Aleyce Simmonds, will also visit the academy for songwriting and music business-related topics to present to students and their parents.

Artists will also co-write with the students.

Ms Bowtell said she could not wait to see the growth of the students, and said everybody was grateful they could be together in a face-to-face capacity once more.

The academy runs from June 26 to July 2 ahead of the Hats Off to Tamworth Festival, with the graduation to take place on July 2.