Kora Naughton is sixteen years old but her music sounds like it’s made by someone with a lot more life experience – and, no doubt, that is because Kora has already had a fair bit going on in her life.
In 2015, Kora found out that due to a serious spinal cord condition, she would have to give up her passion of cheerleading – a sport she had loved since she was seven years old. The condition resulted in two surgeries in twelve months and it was during this time that she turned to music. Kora taught herself to play guitar, sing and write songs.
In January 2017 Kora attended her first Tamworth Country Music Festival, where she busked for ten days and decided that country music was her path. She then applied for and was accepted into the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music. Part of the application process was creating a recording of her original music, leading to her first single, ‘Wrong’. The track hit airplay charts all around Australia including #7 on the Australian Country Radio Top 10, #40 on Country Tracks Top 40 and #3 on My Country Australia’s Top 40.
In August 2017, Kora was named a Finalist in the Today’s Country 94.1’s Brand New Star Competition and in October, she was crowned the Southern Stars Rising Female Artist at the Mildura Independent Country Music Festival.
Kora’s second single is ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ and although its title sounds like the sort of thing a teenager might say, the tone of the song is serious, and delivered beautifully by Kora.