FROM opening the Tamworth Country Music Festival, to writing with award-winning artists and releasing his debut single, Aaron Jurd has achieved it all in a few short years.
The Hunter singer-songwriter will perform at Hotel Cessnock on Friday night.
Jurd spent five years playing gigs in cover bands and duos before he decided to chase his ultimate goal of releasing original music.
His debut single, Set Me On Fire, released last year, tells of the emotional struggles that come with reaching the lowest point in your life, but knowing there is a way out, although you haven't found it yet.
The talented artist graduated from the 2018 CMAA Academy of Country Music in January and, with his fellow graduates, performed at the opening concert of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and was selected to perform at the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards.
During his time at The Academy, he worked with Amber Lawrence, Fanny Lumsden, Kasey Chambers, and Kevin Bennett. Aaron also co-wrote a song with seven-time Golden Guitar winner Allan Caswell.
"I have spent years writing my own music," he said.
"But, I'm such a perfectionist that none of my songs were ever heard because I was scared of the reception they would get. Releasing Set Me On Fire has me in a state of euphoria. I have been listening to talented artists releasing their own material for so long and I need to pinch myself to believe that my song might be played on the same radio stations as the artists I look up to."
With the release of Set Me On Fire, Aaron is making his mark on the Australian country music industry and plans to release more original material in 2019 to further cement his place in the genre.