Razorback's Ian Burns has been recognised by Australian country music scene taking home two awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this month.
The Macarthur singer-songwriter won the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) Local Heroes Song of the Year for Think Again, co-written with Mary V I Harrison and David Carter.
Mr Burns then added to his Tamworth accolades by winning Best Male Vocal in the 2021 Australian People's Choice Awards.
"I am overjoyed and really honoured," he said.
"Thanks. Particularly, to my wife, Susie, for all her support throughout the years, and to everyone who had faith in me and voted.
"Thank you to my co-writers of Think Again, Mary VI Harrison and David Carter."
Mr Burns said the song captured true Aussie spirit.
"Think Again struck a chord with people because it's a song about never giving up no matter how much is going against you," Mr Burns said.
"It is about the fighting spirit of Australians meaning that we will get through adversity and come out bigger and stronger than ever."
This is not the first time Mr Burns has won an award from the Tamworth Songwriters Association, previously winning the TSA National Songwriting Contest for Alt/Blues/Bluegrass.
The Local Heroes category in the TSAs was previously an ANZAC section to mark the centenary of World War I, but now honours all heroes in our community.
The passionate muso won the Amazing Male Voice: Modern Country Original award at the Fair Play Country Music Red Carpet Awards Show in The Netherlands last year.
The awards were judged by music industry representatives through encrypted music with no photos, names or nationalities.
Burns said to independent artists this was the real value of the accolade.
"With no label or big marketing machine behind us, it's a constant struggle for indie artists to cut through," he said.
"We just want to connect with people and for me this award represents that.
"Knowing that people, even in other countries relate to my music and love it, is better than any money I could ever make from the industry."
Mr Burns plans to build on this award-winning success with more releases to come in 2021.