Tamworth’s own rebel child is a breath of fresh air and an outburst of originality in songwriting. Allison Forbes is a new-age outlaw of country music.
Kicking off 2016 in the Grand Final of Toyota Star Maker at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, she took the year by storm. Releasing her much anticipated second EP "Augustine", she headlined her first tour and played festivals all over the country (Tamworth, Gympie Music Muster, Airlie Beach, Mildura, Nimbin). A unique blend of americana and folk-infused country, Allison Forbes well and truly secured her spot tightly in Australia's alt-country scene. Through insightful lyrics and addictive melodies, her stories will have you tapping your toes and tugging on the heartstrings.
The Tamworth based singer/songwriter has been playing solidly for years, tweaking her performances and musicianship, honing her craft, singing, writing and traveling far and wide. She has earned a lot of respect on her way and performed alongside some of the country's most influential artists of right now.
Since beginning her songwriting journey, Allison has been nominated for many awards including the International Song Competition two years running, Independent Country Music Awards, Musicoz - Australian Independent Music Awards and and took out 2014 APRA/TSA New Songwriter of the Year and an Australian Roots Music Award for Best EP in Nimbin.
Growing up just outside Tamworth with the Country Music Festival significant in her life, Allison watched the stars gather every year in her hometown making her yearn to be a part of it but dabbled in every musical genre. From fronting rock bands to this year being back onstage with Tamworth Musical Society joining the smash hit musical ‘Rock of Ages’. She was even invited to perform in Tamworth’s answer to ‘Dancing with Stars’.
Allison expresses warm but edgy vocals thrown onto a classic country pillow with a dash of bluegrass on the side. Heartfelt, emotive lyrics delivered with attitude and a unique country folk style. Allison has well and truly found her calling.