Scenic Rim songstress adds to the talent pool in Kooralbyn Valley

IN TUNE: Nicki Convine with baby Jackson, 5 months. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
IN TUNE: Nicki Convine with baby Jackson, 5 months. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE Scenic Rim community has added another musician to its talent pool with the arrival of new Kooralbyn resident Nicky Convine.

The award winning singer/songwriter has embraced her adopted community by setting up a support group for young mums and performed for free at the RSL Sub Branch markets on Sunday, marking her return to work from maternity leave.

Convine, single mother to sons River, 3, and Jackson, 5 months, said she was looking forward to getting back in May to her performances on the first Sunday of every month at the Eagle Heights Mountain Resort.

"My first big gig was 10 years ago when I toured with Troy Cassar-Daly at the age of 16," she said.

"I won a songwriter award at Tamworth and I was a finalist in the second season of Australian Idol."

But the most important gig of her life has been motherhood, the main reason for establishing her support group, which meets on Tuesday mornings at the local Billabong.

"It's a support thing for mothers and for kids to have friends when they're little," she said.

"I know I want my kids to be friends with the people they are going to grow up with."

A weekly singing circle Convine has organised at the billabong is also close to her heart.

"It's lovely to see men, women and young families of all skill levels come together, connect with nature and empower their voices," she said.

"We sing in one voice, nobody is singled out and you don't even have to be a good singer."

Convine, who moved to the Scenic Rim from the Gold Coast in December, said she was glad she made the move.

"I saw Kooralbyn on a visit, just passing through," she said.

"Now my parents have bought a house here and so have I."

Convine will be performing at the Eagle Heights Mountain Resort next month.

She joins a growing number of accomplished musicians in the valley, including Dave Barnes, The Cannon Creek Country Band and David Barry.

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