Grace Amos can't wait to hit stage for Camden's Valleyways festival

Grace Amos is gearing up to play for one of the biggest crowds she's ever faced - and she doesn't even need to leave the neighbourhood.

The Cobbitty local is one of the slew of talented artists taking to the stage for the upcoming Valleyways music festival at Camden's Onslow Oval next month.

The 17-year-old just finished school last year and is determined to make music her life.

She cant wait to take to the stage for Valleyways.

"A really huge part of it is that it's in Camden, which is my home town, where I grew up," she said.

"I really like the local element of that - it's great to support local artists.

"People don't have to travel far to find good music, it's right here, which is really important."

Grace has been building up her music career for the last few years, including growing a dedicated fanbase on her social media platforms.

She was selected to perform as part of UK artist HRVY's Australian tour back in 2018, and will now entertain thousands alongside the likes of homegrown musos The Rubens (who created Valleyways), Skegss, Middle Kids and more on Saturday, February 19.

"I think the largest audience I've ever played to was at the Winter Wine Festival in Gerringong, where I was one of the support acts for Ziggy Alberts, which was a huge deal for me," she said.

"There was a band behind me and a huge stage - it was my first festival gig. They were such a good audience and I really enjoyed that experience.

"Opening for HRVY was my first gig really, and it was the first moment I realised that I could actually perform in front of crowds and really do this."

Grace takes her inspiration from all sorts of musical genres, starting off with some country sounds and growing now into some more "pop tones".

She is both incredibly excited and just a little daunted to be performing in front of her friends and family in Camden, but she can't wait for the opportunity.

"It can be more daunting to perform in front of people you know than thousands of strangers," she said.

"But it's equally comforting and slightly scary. I'm ultimately very excited for people to see my music.

"Valleyways is going to be such an historic event and huge for our town. The bands and musos playing are incredible and the energy of the day is going to be insane and completely surreal.

"It's something people aren't going to want to miss out on."

Grace says she is forever grateful to the loyal fans she's amassed on social media who have supported her over the few years, and she is looking forward to sharing her new single with them, which will be released in February.

The recent graduate has been accepted into the Conservatorium of Music, her dream school, where she is itching to learn more about songwriting and music production.

Grace is also going to study creative music therapy, as she is a big believer in the power of music as a therapeutic tool.

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