Presented in recognition of the achievements of ASA co-founder Rudy Brandsma to an ASA member entrant who demonstrates outstanding potential.
The Rudy Brandsma Award winner for 2003 is 16 year old Callee Mann. She is currently completing year 12 at Southern Cross High School, Ballina, NSW and is also in the process of recording an EP.
Callee has been performing regular gigs as part of a duo at local pubs, clubs and restaurants on Friday and Saturday in an effort to raise money to put towards recording her material. She also performs at the Australian Hotel Ballina doing solo vocal and piano entertainment.
Callee performed as a duo act, at the 2003 Ballina Community 24hr-Relay-For-Life, both opening and closing the ceremony. She has also performed at Lions Club Dinners, ASA Wax Lyricals and has had both interviews and airplay with radio stations including ABC Radio North Coast, Triple ZZZ Fm 100.9 and Paradise Fm Radio 101.9.
Callee was also successful in a number of other competitions recently. These include:
- Winner of Accelerator 2003 Best Songwriter award for her original song, ‘Lost Sheep’. This award is open to high-school students on the North Coast. Prize includes current airplay on 100.9 Triple ZZZ FM and the track published onto the Accelerator 2003 Compilation CD, available for purchase at local music retailers.
- Winner of Music Oz 2003. This competition is known as the national premier music competition for unsigned artists. Callee’s original song ‘Lost Sheep’ won the Schoolies category of this competition which attracted over 6000 entries. The awards night was broadcasted nationally on NBN television, with Nikki Webster presenting the award. The eighteen category winners from MusicOz 2003 have their winning original song put ont the Music Oz 2003 Compilation CD, which is being sent to record labels all over Australia, the UK, Europe and USA;
- Winner of the North Coast NCEIA Dolphin Awards Adult Contemporary category for her original song ‘Wet Shoes’. Also Top 3 Nominee in the following categories: New Recording Talent: ‘Don’t Think’, Best Female Vocals: ‘Lost Sheep’ and Song Of The Year: ‘Don’t Think’.