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Raining Down Like A Country Storm & Riding Winds Of Success

Media Release - Tuesday 14th August, 2012.

Raining Down Like A Country Storm And Riding The Winds Of Success

Nelson New Zealand based singer songwriter Aly Cook took out the title of NZ Female Country Artist of the Year 2012 at this years New Zealand National Country Music Awards.

After a full 12 months which has included her single Midnight Sun staying in a number of the Australian Country Music Airplay charts including 11 weeks in the Top 30 Tracks Chart rising to #12, being a finalist in both the International Section of MusicOZ independent music awards & in the NEXT Magazine New Zealand Woman of the Year. Aly has enjoyed a successful and busy time. Touring to Europe and UK in 2011 and a number of Country Music Festivals in 2011/2012 in Australia and New Zealand.

Aly's latest single "Country Storm" is just releasing to radio in Australia and New Zealand. The album "Brand New Day" was funded using crowd funding and Aly now has a new fundraiser for her 2nd album up at where €10.00 via paypal or a credit card will get you a copy of the new album and a share in the sales.

"It's been a hard road, as a self published and managed artist based in New Zealand. I am very thankful for the welcoming support of the Australian Community Radio stations and the few Country format stations we have here, who support my work in New Zealand and mostly to my fans and friends who have funded and supported my work"

"I am very thankful to the Kiwi Pro-Am Country Organisation for their tireless work at running a fantastic awards show at the National Country Music Award and lifting up the Country Music Recording Artists from New Zealand. There are many great artists releasing independent albums and having success in other regions of the world. Due to a number of reasons, often the New Zealand public don't get to hear about those success stories. It is nice that the National Country Music Awards are recognising those achievements ".

Up and Coming Gigs:

Christchurch Folk Club September 2nd
Listen 2 this too, hospice fundraiser Theater Royal Nelson Sept 19th
Nelson Arts Festival with The Sou'Westers Founders Nelson October 24th
The Mussel Inn - Takaka November 2nd
Canberra Country Music Festival 16 to 18th November

Other winners from the awards were
Male Artist of the Year Trevor V Stevens
Female Artist of the Year Aly Cook
Duo/Group of the Year The Heartleys
2012 Horizion Award Jody Direen
Legend Award Peter Posa

Aly Cooks latest single Country Storm

Available to radio via CRS Disc
Via Digital Wagon

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"Country Storm" single out now .. on ITUNES


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