Hats off to crooning Harry

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A local musician feels like he has already won after receiving his second nomination in as many years in the 2018-19 WAM Song of the Year awards.

Broome-based crooner Harry Jakamarra’s Little Southern Girl was nominated for the WAM Song of the Year in the country category, as announced on June 10.

It comes after Jakamarra was nominated for the outstanding regional category last year for his track, The Mountain.

“It’s flattering to be nominated again and I really feel like I am truly a part of the WA music community,” he said. “It’s small but it’s a very diverse and interesting community and I guess that’s what WAM represents.”

Jakamarra was one of several North West artists recognised in this year’s awards, joining the likes of Beagle Bay-born Joan & The Giants guitarist Aaron Birch and Karratha’s Terri Danelle.

“It’s great to see WAM starting to focus more on the regional areas, particularly up here in the North West,” he said. “As a regional artist, it can feel like you’re a bit cut out from the metro scene but WAM is really making an effort to recognise artists from all over the State, no matter where they are.”

Jakamarra said his song, Little Southern Girl, which was released in September as part of his solo EP, In Your Town Tonight, was inspired by touring and being on the road in his house-truck.

“It’s about that feeling of coming back home to Broome after spending a long time out on the road,” he said. “I do write a lot of my songs in character but it’s definitely informed by personal experiences.”

The 2018-19 WAM Song of the Year awards ceremony will be held at Freo.Social on June 26.

Although Jakamarra will not be able to attend the awards ceremony himself, he said it would be very flattering if he took out the Country category.

Leading up to the awards ceremony, Jakamarra performed with brother Elwood Gray as a support act for The Waifs at the Roebuck Bay Hotel and will be performing at the Barn Hill Music Festival on June 22.

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