Tia Gostelow first brought magic to our ears in 2016 after winning triple j Unearthed High’s first Indigenous Initiative.

Now, two years on, the queen of regional Mackay has just recently turned 18 – already with four awesome singles, an album on the way and an upcoming release of her very own independent record label, Lovely Records.

Having grown up on Groote Eylandt – a remote island in the Gulf Of Carpentaria – the singer-songwriter has indulged in her musical passions as long as she can remember.

“I made Mum buy me a crappy guitar off eBay because I really wanted to learn, and then I just taught myself,” Gostelow says.

From singing since the age of two, to taking local country music festival stages at age 10, Gostelow has now been part of the Groovin The Moo festival, toured with Bernard Fanning and performed in front of 50,000 people at Suncorp Stadium’s State Of Origin game one.

“I’ve had so many influences over the past five years,” Gostelow exclaims – convinced her influences change all the time – she can’t name one in particular. “I don’t have one particular person… but [I’m] subconsciously listening around to other bands and taking little bits and pieces.”

Developing a sound has been no issue for the teen. She realised she wanted to move a slightly different direction. “I wanted to go a more folky way, I started playing more alternative songs.”

Her first release surfaced triple j Unearthed in 2015. State Of The Art has that raw, mellow country-folk sound, though her latest alternative pop track Hunger, shows just how evident the growth in Gostelow’s sound is.

“It’s a lot more pop-rocky,” she says, “Even Vague Utopia is a little like that really dreamy pop.”

Hunger was released last November, ending the year with a bang. The response so far has been great according to Gostelow. Still receiving as many plays now – a few months since release – as it did at the time of release! “It’s one of my favourites and it’s doing really well still and I hope that people still keep loving it and playing it.”

Gostelow shared that some new tracks we may be hearing are even a little more grunge-rock, but hey – nobody’s complaining. We love this girl!

With the release of Lovely Records coming up in March, Gostelow is holding a competition to bring a very lucky fan to Mackay for the evening. The winner will receive return flights to Mackay for the weekend and of course the chance to hang out with Tia Gostelow – listening to live music and celebrating the milestone in Gostelow’s career. “It’d just be really cool to hang out with someone!” she enthused.

Just for entering fans will even receive a free download of Tia Gostelow’s unreleased banger Giants. Bonus!

On the topic, Gostelow says the terms are just being finalised now, “We’re having a little party in Mackay at one of the venues here and will probably have some local artists play.”

As an independent artist in both Australia and New Zealand, Gostelow was driven to the idea of being able to release her own music through herself, along with inspiring and encouraging other up and coming local acts. “I think its really cool to release stuff under my own label more than anything,” she says.

Describing herself as hungry and sarcastic, Gostelow joked about what may become a tradition after falling slightly ill when on tour with Bernard Fanning. Welcomed with open arms into adulthood, she was handed a glass of what Gostelow believes was brandy from a manager.

“I think it was brandy, and he said ‘Here, drink this before you go on stage, it’ll sooth your voice,'” she laughs. It worked wonders, enough so she says it’s an up and coming tradition for future shows.

Back in the studio next month, Gostelow will be finishing off her debut album to be released later in the year and without a doubt has plans to do a stack more touring with the hope of a few festivals too. 2018 is truly off to an incredible start for Gostelow and we can’t wait to hear more.

To enter the competition, Shazam Tia Gostelow’s track Hunger before Friday, 19.01.18 or click HERE.