Council CEO named Country Artist of the Year

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Singer/songwriter Craig Lloyd was named the National Male Artist of the Year at this year’s Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards, TICMA. Mr Lloyd is also chief executive of the City of Whittlesea. ​

Singer and songwriter Craig Lloyd has added another award to his cabinet, named the National Male Artist of the Year at this year’s Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards, TICMA.

Mr Lloyd, also chief executive of the City of Whittlesea, began pursuing his love of music in 2019, and has since released an album and multiple successful singles, including ‘Take the Wheel’ and ‘Little Country Store’.

His most recent release ‘I Call Australia Home’ details his early life in England, his move to Australia and the numerous reasons he loves to live here.

As of Friday, the single was sitting in third place on the Campfire Publishing Country Music Chart, which tracks country music airplay on radio stations throughout Australia and Tasmania.

Held on October 14 in Launceston, TICMA recognises Tasmanian and Australian independent country artists for their achievements and successful releases.

Mr Lloyd was nominated in three categories at the awards night – Male Artist of the Year, National Country Rising Star and National Songwriter of the Year with Merelyn Carter of Carter and Carter.

Mr Lloyd said he was ‘in shock’ after winning Male Artist of the Year.

“I am so grateful to the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards for this wonderful honour,” he said.

“I have had such amazing support from radio stations and presenters across the country supporting and playing my music.”

Mr Lloyd also performed at the awards, accompanied by Michael Saleta.

The award is yet another to add to his long list of musical achievements, having been granted the best country ballad of the year with Meryln Carter for their single ‘Take The Wheel’ earlier this year at Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Mr Lloyd is next performing at Lockington Country Music Festival on October 29, Molesworth Bluegrass and Country Music Festival on November 4 and Foggy Mountain Music Festival on November 19.

To listen to Mr Lloyd’s music and find more information, people can visit www.craiglloyd.com.au.