Yanderra is a small town but Jemma Beech has made the move to a town that is even smaller.
The homegrown country singer has started a mining job in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, about 18 hours north of Perth.
Beech hopes the job will give her a leg up in the music industry.
“I found out about this great boot-making company called Kader Boot Co on Instagram and started following them,” she said.
“Eventually I met with the owner of the company and she said moving out to WA, working in the mines and living in a small town would give me some great life experience.
“It’s week-on, week-off work too so I can earn a good income and still tour Australia and work on my music.”
No matter how far she strays, Beech said the Wollondilly shire would always be her home.
“I miss my family and my friends but they have always been very supportive of my life choices,” she said.
“It makes coming home extra fun and I can’t wait to do some local gigs while I’m at home.”
Beech will perform at the Bargo Hotel on Friday, June 1 from 7pm to 10pm and at the George IV Inn, Picton on Friday, June 8 from 8.30pm to 11.30pm.
“There is nothing better than a gig in front of a home crowd,” she said.
“This is where I grew up so I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.”
In the past year the talented songstress has performed at country music festivals across the country and toured with Australian country music favourites, Sara Storer and the Sunny Cowgirls.
While touring with the Sunny Cowgirls, Beech met the man who would produce her upcoming album.
“I started out only wanting to release an EP of five songs but I spent some time in Nashville, met a lot of other songwriters and got some inspiration,” she said.
“I wrote a song over there that I really loved so I decided to make an album rather than an EP.”
The album, due to be released in September, features songs inspired by Beech’s life in the shire.
“There is a song called ‘That’s Just Me’ and it’s about sitting out the back of my parents house listening to old country music,” she said.
“The songs are about my heritage, my life experience and there is a song on there to empower young girls.”
Beech said the album launch event would be held in Wollondilly but the venue was yet to be confirmed.