ELOISE Cosgrove may be surrounded by Yeppoon's beachside lifestyle, but she's a country girl through and through.

When she was eight-years-old she got her first guitar for Christmas and her passion for country music came alive.

Now, 10 years on, the 18-year-old singer is off to Australia's country music capital, Tamworth, after being accepted into the Australian Academy of Country Music.

Eloise, originally from Dalby, said she had always loved country music compared to other genres and wanted to be a country music singer.

"I've been singing and song writing since I was a kid but in the past few years I've taken it more seriously," she said.

"My family was always musical but my cousin started getting into country music and inspired me a bit. I think also growing up on a rural property as a kid makes it easy for me to relate to what country songs are about and the whole culture of country music.

"I applied for the academy thinking I wouldn't get in, but it was a really nice surprise to know I got accepted into the course, which covers a range of things such as song writing, recording, performing, presentation and how to make music your business, so I'm pretty excited."

But it's not just the genre of music Eloise loves, she also has a passion for the country lifestyle and has just returned from spending seven months on a ranch in Canada.

"I was living on a ranch in Canada, which was amazing," she said.

"I also performed at the Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo County Fair, which was a great experience and when I come home from Tamworth I'm hoping to do regular gigs here to start my career.

"Music is just one of those things that I simply can't live without."

Eloise will begin her course at the academy next month.



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