St Kilda’s Liv Cartledge wins national music award

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by Dave Kastner

St Kilda’s rising-star Liv Cartledge won the Australia-wide Telstra Road To Discovery competition last week with her own unique style of acoustic storytelling! The 18 year old singer songwriter was the only Victorian in the Grand Final, held in Sydney, and was declared joint winner with Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt aka Merpire ( from Redfern, NSW ).

Liv and Merpire each won a $15,000 music development package, an all-expenses paid return trip to the United States to perform at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville next year, mentoring with Australia’s leading industry professionals, local gigs and ongoing education to help support their careers. Will Anderson (Mackay, QLD) was announced as the 2015 People’s Choice winner being granted a $1,000 prize.

For the grand final performance Liv decided to write a whole brand new song, ‘3 Steps Behind’.
Just a week before the final she recorded a version through her laptop microphone to send to the coordinator of the Teslstra house band of session musicians, which backed all the performers on the big night.

Liv performed her beautiful new song alongside one of her older songs, ‘Under Your Sun’ and that was enough to see her crowned a winner. The grand final was hosted by Ella Hooper and judged by industry experts including alt-pop maestro and 2014 ARIA nominee Andy Bull, Sony/ATV & Affinity Music Group’s Adam ‘Weez’ Booth and Mushroom Music’s Creative Manager, Bill Page.

Cheering her on in the audience was her Mum, Grandma and Uncle who had come up from Victoria.
Liv reflected on the experience, “I was so nervous before I started my Telstra Road journey, but tonight I was told to go out there and be the best version of myself, to be Liv Cartledge, so I did!
It was a really awesome week, hanging out with a bunch of like-minded humans, talking about our bread and butter which is music. That was so cool… I made some good connections and great friends”.

Telstra’s Nick Adams said Telstra Road to Discovery has been committed to developing Australia’s music community through music education, mentorship and ongoing support for 13 years. “Each year we are incredibly impressed by the talent that comes through this program and I’d like to congratulate Liv and Merpire on this outstanding achievement. We look forward to watching their music careers develop in the years to come,” said Mr. Adams.

On behalf of the team at St Kilda News we congratulate Liv on her amazing success and wish her all the best for the future!

Liv Cartledge and her band are playing next at the Beechworth Music Festival in January but you can see her perform an acoustic cover show this Friday 11th at God’s Kitchen in Mornington.

To get involved with next year’s competition, visit

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