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Harmony When Harry Met Sara

Harmony When Harry Met Sara

Who: Sara Storer
Where: Toronto District Workers Club
When: Saturday June 19, 2004

SARA STORER made history when she picked up seven GOLDEN GUITAR awards at Tamworth in January.

Never before had one artist dominated the ceremony to such a degree, picking up the awards for Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Bush Ballad, Heritage Song and Vocal Collaboration.

In just a few short years 30-year-old Storer has gone from teaching schoolkids in the outback town of Kalkaringi in the Northern Territory to becoming the undisputed golden girl of Australian country music.

Sales of her second album, Beautiful Circle, have achieved Gold status and she set another record recently when she became the only artist ever to simultaneously hold the top two spots on the country singles chart.

Storer's win at Tamworth attracted plenty of interest and when she embarked on her first solo tour she sold out shows in every town.

While Storer is still coming to terms with her sudden success, her honest and compelling storytelling continues to win over fans.

She sings of living in a remote town in the Northern Territory, and her songs tell tales of her family of wheat farmers who live in rural NSW.

Born in Victoria, Storer became a teacher and moved to the Northern Territory where she met the man who would change her destiny a retired buffalo shooter named HARRY. ``What really began it all was being broke, and being offered a job in Camooweal,'' Storer said.

``Then I met Harry and decided to write a song for him because he was such an amazing man. It wasn't because I had ambitions to be a songwriter, or even a performer.

``But my style and my subject matter writing about people and places all came from that first song.'' That first song was Buffalo Bill , a moving and poetic song about Harry's life.

Storer was persuaded to enter Buffalo Bill into the ADELAIDE RIVER TALENT QUEST and she won the Encouragement Award, giving her automatic entry into the COLLEGE OF COUNTRY MUSIC at Tamworth.

It was there that she was discovered by producer GARTH PORTER who signed her to ABC MUSIC. Her first album, Chasing Buffalo , spawned three number one singles and she received the Best New Talent trophy for the album at the 2001 Golden Guitar Awards.

With her second album Beautiful Circle on the rise, Storer has been busy writing songs for her third album, which she is due to start recording later this year.

Storer will perform at the TORONTO WORKERS CLUB on Saturday, June 19.

Book at the club on 4959 2011.

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