At just 18 years of age - Kora Naughton - is proving herself as an artist with drive and determination.
In 2015, she was forced to give up her passion of cheerleading - a sport she had loved since she was 7 years old. It was during this time she turned to music. Kora taught herself to play guitar, write songs and sing. This gave her the freedom to channel her emotions through music.
In January 2017, Kora attended her first Tamworth Country Music Festival where she busked for ten days. It was from this moment that she found a new passion in life and that music was what she wanted to do.
Her first two singles ("Wrong" & "I Don't Wanna Grow Up") hit various Top 10 Charts around Australia and has performed live alongside artists including Bill Chambers, James Blundell, Tania Kernaghan, Christie Lamb and Amber Lawrence.
In early 2018, she collected her songs and commenced work with producer/musician, Rod Motbey, on what would become her debut album, "Ride or Die".
The first official single from the album - "Ride or Die" - pricked the ears of music industry tastemakers including journalist & radio presenter, Stuart Coupe as well as Double J's Henry Wagons who have both thrown their support behind the teenager.
The follow up single, "Ravenswood Lane", took on a darker and more lyrical storytelling tone while the latest release, "Cease Fire", was a song inspired by the Manchester Arena attack in 2017. Kora decided to release the song as a free download following the recent events in Christchurch as the sentiment of the song resonated strongly.
"This song is not about politics, it was never about choosing a side. This song is about humankind, choosing kindness over hate and standing together as one in the face of adversity."
Kora says the album is about taking chances, doing the things you're afraid of and living life to the fullest.
"Ride or Die" was released on Friday 20th July 2018 through Country Rocks Records/MGM Distribution.
In November 2019 Kora unleashed the single, "Speechless", which has already generated over 50,000 plays on Spotify.
On June 7, 2020 another new sound from Kora via the single, "My Heart to Break". The track hit #2 on the day of release.
Both "Speechless" and "My Heart to Break" will be featured on her forthcoming second album due for release in late 2020.
"A voice and an artist that we're going to be hearing a lot more from"
STUART COUPE (Dirt Music, 2SERFM)
"What a voice!"
HENRY WAGONS (Double J)