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Top honour for altruistic Whyalla musician

Melissa Smith

Whyalla Musician, Alison Hams, is one of Australian country music’s most professional and versatile performers, recording artists and music educators. Her unwavering commitment has recently gained national recognition, with a “Humanitarian Award” at the prestigious Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA).

Widely regarded as the premier acknowledgment in the Australian music industry, specifically honouring the exceptional contributions of women both on and off the stage, the Humanitarian Award, is a testament to individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to music education and have supported female artists in remote and regional communities

In her acceptance speech, Alison emphasised the crucial role of music in the lives of young people in remote and regional areas. She sees music as a powerful tool to broaden horizons and create positive change in the world.

Together with her husband and musical partner, Mark Tempany, Alison has been a prominent force in the Australian Country Music industry for over thirty years. The duo have written and recorded their own music, recently releasing a new album titled “Out Into The Blue,” accompanied by a stunning music video filmed in the Flinders Ranges.

The couple continues to be champions of the music community, providing opportunities for others through music tuition, recording, mentorship, and active involvement in community and charity support.
Alison and Mark’s illustrious careers have been recognised with various accolades, including induction into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Brand South Australia Hall of Fame, SA Women’s Honour Roll, and South Australian Music Awards..
Head to ABC iview to watch the awards and see other notable winners and performances by artists such as Vanessa Amorosi, Vika and Linda Bull and Beccy Cole.


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