Academy Director – Lyn Bowtell:  Multi Golden Guitar award winning performer, songwriter and singer Lyn Bowtell brings all her expertise as Director of the Academy in 2016. She’s been a regular academy tutor for vocal technique and has worked with the Juniors and Senior groups. Winner of Toyota Starmaker in 1997 and a third of the popular trio Bella, she’s the current Golden Guitar winner for Alternative Country Music Album of the Year.

Academy Senior Group Leaders

Amber Lawrence:  Current Golden Guitar Winner for Female Vocalist of the Year Amber is one of the hardest working and most talented country music stars in 2015. She has been a group leader in Junior and Senior Academy and not only brings her expertise in performance and songwriting but also shares her career-building skills that have made her such an ongoing success story in Country Music in 2015.

Kevin Bennett:  Golden Guitar winning front man, guitarist and songwriter for The Flood, one of Australia’s best loved bands. Kevin is a wonderful songwriter and his groups are always a standout at the Academy Concerts. Kevin works with our Academy students and also does a great deal during the year for the Jimmy Little Foundation working with Indigenous musicians and performers.

Karl Broadie:  Karl Broadie is originally from Scotland and has had a long and illustrious career as an artist and performer in Australia. He is lining up for his second year as a tutor at the Academy and brings his wealth of songwriting, performing and production skills to the Academy in 2016.

Simon Johnson: Simon is a musician and producer who work out of his Hillbilly Hut Studio on the Central Coast. He has played bass for many of our best known country music stars and is an ARIA Award winning producer. He’s worked with many stars of the future in his studio and is the Group Leader for the Instrumental group in 2016.


Academy General Manager: Roger Corbett.Roger has been involved with the Academy since 1998 as a Senior Group Leader, Songwriting Co-Ordinator and as a Director of the Academy. Roger is a 35 year member and manager of the iconic Australian band The Bushwackers, the Vice-Chair of the CMAA, and a busy country music producer.  He’s a performer, musician, producer and songwriter who’s enjoyed a great deal of success over five decades and has won multiple Golden Guitars with his songs for The Bushwackers, and many others.

Academy Campus Co-ordinator: Meryl Davis: The daughter of Australian guitar legend, the late Barry Thornton, Meryl has been involved in the country music industry all of her life. Meryl is the Secretary/Treasurer of the CMAA. and  manages Bellbird Music  along with her own successful family business. Meryl is the campus co-ordinator of the Academy making sure that all staff, parents and students are comfortable, safe and in the correct rooms at all times. She’s been a vital part of the Academy for many years.