Sydney singer-songwriter Kiara Rodrigues released the upbeat single ‘High School Reunion’ last year then found out she was to be a Grand Finalist at Toyota Star Maker during the 2023 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Ahead of the competition she released the single ‘Message in a Bottle’, written with Nashville-based Australian artist Katrina Burgoyne.

Where ‘High School Reunion’ is about moving on from the past, ‘Message in a Bottle’ is about dwelling on heartbreak, but what the songs have in common is Rodrigues’s song craft and great country-pop sound. It was a pleasure to chat to her recently about the new song, Star Maker, and her plans for the year ahead. You can watch our chat on YouTube, or listen in Soundcloud or on the podcast. | Listen to Kiara Rodrigues on Apple Music