Even stars like Brooke McClymont still get stage fright

THE stage is somewhere Brooke McClymont has grown up.

As the eldest sister of the award-winning country music trio The McClymonts, she has been in the spotlight for more than half her life since she was discovered by Universal Music at the Gympie Muster at the tender age of 16.

So it's surprising to find out she was nervous about being on stage in front of a relatively small crowd at the CMC Country Music Awards.

Brooke and her sisters Sam and Mollie hosted the annual country music awards, held in conjunction with the CMC Rocks the Hunter music festival in the Hunter Valley.

"To be honest it's quite nerve-racking. I'd rather sing than speak," she told The Guide the morning after the awards.

"What a great opportunity to try something different for us. As nerve-racking as it was, it was (also) exciting.

"We've done a fair few things for CMC because they support all Australian musicians. Having this programming, we need to support it because it's all we've really got at the moment for country music."

But the CMC awards night is not the first televised awards show Brooke and her sisters have hosted this year.

In January, the McClymonts also hosted the Country Music Awards of Australia, commonly known as the Golden Guitars, in Tamworth.

"It gives us some different experiences than what we normally do in the music industry," she said.

The two hosting gigs come as part of Brooke's return to the spotlight after becoming a mother.

She and muso husband Adam Eckersley welcomed daughter Tiggy Heart into the world in November, 2012.

With Sam and Mollie keen to fulfil their duties as aunties, the trio has taken a break from the studio and touring.

But now that Tiggy is walking and talking, the McClymonts have returned to the studio to record their fourth and yet-to-be-named studio album.

"I'm loving it but I'm still finding the balance of work and mum," Brooke said.

"Everyone helps out when they need to ... just don't ask me when I'm having another one, because I'm not even thinking about it. I've got my hands full with this working mother thing."

Brooke is also finding time to be her husband's number one fan.

His new band, The Adam Eckersley Band, performed to its biggest crowd to date at CMC Rocks earlier this month, and Brooke even got on stage to sing a duet with him.

A two-hour special on the festival, hosted by Morgan Evans and Kellie Pickler, will air on CMC on April 13.

It will also feature 2013 Toyota Star Maker winner Kaylee Bell performing the song she co-wrote with Brooke.

"She's really amazing; she's one to watch," she said. "I think she's going to be huge in the next year, two years. Now we've got this fresh, new wave of talent coming through and they're doing really well."

CMC Country Music Awards - CMC - Monday at 7pm Qld, 8pm NSW



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