Dianna Corcoran.
Dianna Corcoran. Contributed

CMC Rocks a Hunter Valley treat

DIANNA Corcoran will feel right at home when she performs at the Country Music Channel’s CMC Rocks the Hunter Valley music festival on Sunday (March 6).

The country music singer escapes to the picturesque wine growing region every year for a songwriters’ retreat.

“It’s a really peaceful sort of place, really well looked after and maintained,” said Corcoran.

“They chose a good spot.”

Each year CMC puts on a two-day country music festival in a different regional location. This year’s festival will be at the Hope Winery Estate and features a mix of Australian and international artists including American headliners Alan Jackson and Joe Nichols as well as local favourites Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley and The McClymonts.

It will be Corcoran’s first CMC Rocks festival and her last Australian performance before she travels to Nashville to work on her next album.

She will spend three months in the country music capitol finding inspiration and writing songs.

“I don’t even know how to put this without sounding totally hippy, but I’m letting the universe guide me,” she said.

“I have no rules, if I have to force myself I’ll lock myself away, but I tend to struggle with regimented forms of songwriting.

“If we get the right songs then we’ll record but if we don’t I’ll just keep ploughing away. I don’t like putting out records that I’m not happy with. From a business point of view there’s definitely a pressure but I don’t think that’s the priority for me.

The Parkes native worked three jobs in Adelaide to fund her debut album Little Bit Crazy.

She caught her big break in 2004 when she toured with Adam Brand as a backup singer and went on to win the Golden Guitar Award for New Talent of the Year.

Her sophomore release, Then There’s Me, saw her win her second Golden Guitar for Female Artist of the Year in 2008.

Her third studio album Keep Breathing topped the country music charts last year and earned her three nominations at January’s CMAA Country Music Awards.

Corcoran is about to release her latest singe from Keep Breathing, the album’s title track, and recently shot the film clip on the NSW Central Coast.

“It’s really different because it’s a serious song,” she said.

“The first few sings off the record were really tongue and cheek, but this is a more serious song focusing on my vocals. It’s a simple film clip about losing something or somebody you can’t live without.”

CMC Rocks the Hunter plays the Hope Winery Estate on Saturday and Sunday (March 5 and 6). The festival will air on the Country Music Channel on April 8.

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