HEADING to the home of country music, Nashville in Tennessee, was until recently, one of the most exciting things that Toowoomba country rocker Victoria Edwards had done.
She was kicking the dust of Toowoomba off her feet to immerse herself in the world of country music in order to produce her recent album, Authentic.
But she is now more excited to be heading to Australia's own country music capital, Tamworth, because Edwards has been named as a finalist in the Toyota Star Maker competition.
It was this competition that gave rise to the careers of music superstars like Keith Urban, Samantha McClymont and Lee Kernaghan, to name just three.
Edwards is one of 15 finalists vying for this year's title.
While she can't deny wanting to win, taking her place on the hallowed stages of the festival is where the real satisfaction lies.
"Winning it would be amazing, but just to be a part of it is awesome," Edwards said.
Edwards has packed a lot into the past 12 months - completing a song-writing trip to Nashville, releasing her second studio album and having a music clip on CMC.
Her album, Authentic, has been well received and is being played on radio stations across the country - and she is performing regularly around the nation.
The winner of the Toyota Star Maker competition not only receives an album deal and a big budget recording session with some of Australia's top musicians and producers, but also a huge prize package including a brand new Toyota.
For tickets to the 2013 Toyota Star Maker Finals, visit tcmf.com.au or phone 02 6767 5300.