Sahara Beck has been named as the recipient of the 2019 Carol Lloyd Award, the announcement taking place at the launch of this year's Queensland Music Festival.
The award is the latest in a long line of achievements for the singer songwriter, who wrote her first song at 12 years old. Since then she's released an album, two EPs and performed on festival stages and toured in support of acts like Bishop Briggs, Ball Park Music and Paul Kelly. Earlier this year she picked up her fourth Queensland Music Awards trophy, taking out the Regional Award for her song Here We Go Again.
Established in honour of Australia’s original rock chick, the Carol Lloyd Award celebrates the legacy of female music in Queensland – a legacy Sahara is honoured to now be a part of.
“Carol Lloyd was one of the strongest and hardest working people I have had the privilege of meeting," Sahara said.
"She helped create a stronger industry for women to be heard just by being herself and presenting herself with integrity. She is an absolute inspiration.”
For Sahara, joining Queensland’s legacy of fierce musical women is so much more than a grant, it is a burst of momentum at a pivotal point in her trajectory, and an acknowledgement that the path she has forged leads in the right direction.
“I felt for a long time it was my job to surprise people with how I would perform and sing and play whereas I realise now - as my confidence and awareness has grown - that it should not be my job to prove anyone wrong. Everyone should be given an equal chance, before they have opened their mouth, no matter what heritage, gender or sexuality they have.”Sahara Beck
The Carol Lloyd Award is an opportunity for an emerging female identifying singer-songwriter, who was either born in, or resides in Queensland to be awarded a $15,000 grant to record their own full-length album, or record and tour their own EP.
This award gives the winner a major head-start in their career, to broaden their experience within the music industry, and realise their goals as an emerging artist.
Entries for the 2019 award were of an excellent calibre, with 55 entries submitted from emerging Queensland female artists. Congratulations to Ella Fence, Angharad Drake, Andrea Kirwin and Asha Jefferies who all made the list of finalists this year.
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