HIGH NOTES: Nanango musician Kat La Key makes it as a semi-finalist in the international songwriting contest ‘Song of the Year’.
HIGH NOTES: Nanango musician Kat La Key makes it as a semi-finalist in the international songwriting contest ‘Song of the Year’. Kate Darvall

Kat La Key grabs hearts with new music release

SINGING out from the hills of Nanango is some of the world's finest, and best written music.

Nanango woman Kat La Key's most recent song skyrocketed, and finished in the top five in the international songwriting contest, Song of the Year.

While her name was internationally recognised in the country music industry, she said it was a different story when it came to her home town.

"They all want to know where Nanango is," she said.

"I say it's famous for wine and peanuts, and they really click on with the peanuts.

"So I send them a few packets, and that does the trick."

HIGH NOTES: Nanango musician Kat La Key makes it as a semi finalist in the international songwriting contest 'Song of the Year'. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
HIGH NOTES: Nanango musician Kat La Key makes it as a semi finalist in the international songwriting contest 'Song of the Year'. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

The country music singer said her award-winning song titled My Heart Says No was very meaningful and she was thrilled to share it.

"For people who've been in an abusive relationship and find the strength to say 'hey, I deserve better that that' and get out," she said.

"I think a lot of people can relate to that, and not just females."

Kat said she did not write "cookie-cutter music" and was ecstatic her song was appreciated for its own unique sound.

"It must've just hit a nerve with people, the who's who of the music industry," she said.

HIGH NOTES: Nanango musician Kat La Key makes it as a semi finalist in the international songwriting contest 'Song of the Year'. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
HIGH NOTES: Nanango musician Kat La Key makes it as a semi finalist in the international songwriting contest 'Song of the Year'. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Kat attributed her success to her recent move to Nanango.

"It's full of inspiration," she said.

"Songs come pretty fast and pretty easily, and I'm open to it all."

With almost 60,000 hits on YouTube for My Heart Says No, Kat said the new country genre of music was just taking off again.

Off the back of her success, Kat said all her energy would be funnelled into her new album.

To learn more or listen to Kat's music, click here.

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