JMC Academy 2010 music graduate Mickey Pye has won the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition in Tamworth, joining the ranks of country music stars like Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole and Keith Urban.
Mickey was awarded three consecutive scholarships to the Contemporary Music & Performance degree during his time at JMC Academy, and graduated with JMC Academy’s highest regarded award; The Elizabeth Cass Award, recognizing the highest achieving student across all courses.
After graduating in 2010, Mickey entered Toyota Star Maker for the first time. Although he made it to the finals, he didn’t win that year. Instead, he returned to his home in regional NSW, started his own business (The Bathurst Academy of Music) and dedicated his life to country music, supporting other artists and honing his skills in preparation for entering the competition again.
In 5 years, he has played over 600 gigs across Australia and North America and recorded an EP. On Friday January 23rd, he took to the Star Maker stage in Tamworth as a grand finalist and performed two original songs; Back Road & Hillbilly Girl, that won the judges over. Along with the prestigious title, Mickey also won a fully serviced Toyota and fuel for 12 months, an acoustic guitar and a trip to the country music capital of Nashville where he will record his first album.
JMC Academy would like to extend a huge congratulations to Mickey on this outstanding achievement. We could not think of a more deserving winner. This win is a testament to Mickey’s consistent hard work and determination and proves that with the right work ethic, dreams really can come true.
Mickey performs one of his grand final songs, Back Road, at the JMC Academy Sydney Campus launch in June 2014: