Bell in running for songwriting award

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by Greta Yeoman

Kaylee Bell’s songwriting skills are back in the spotlight.

The Waimate-born, Australia-based musician has been named a finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Country Music Awards – for the third time.

Bell is up for the Apra Best Country Music Song with her song Next Somebody, co-written with Brooke McClymont while the pair were touring Australia.

She has already won various accolades at New Zealand’s biggest country music celebration, claiming the Best Country Music Album award in 2014 for Heartfirst, and the Best Country Music Song for Pieces in 2015.

The other finalists for the award are Gore’s Jenny Mitchell with Let Me Be and Auckland-based musician Reb Fountain for Hopeful and Hopeless

Fountain is also up for Best Country Music Album award, alongside Phil Doublet and his wife Lana Doublet, for their individual albums.

Bell has supported two of Keith Urban’s tours, opened for the Dixie Chicks’ sole New Zealand show last year and has performed in Nashville.

The New Zealand Country Music Awards will be presented at an official ceremony in Gore on May 31.

The awards are open to the public, and tickets are available through iticket.co.nz.