Rochester and Lockington’s country music star Annalea Mitchell has released her first album.By Elaine Cooney
Rochester and Lockington’s country music singer Annalea Mitchell released her first album last month.
She made the decision due to demand from fans at her gigs and recorded the album in Mooroopna in July.
Ms Mitchell said the album Sittin’ Pretty was a metaphor for where she was in her life.
‘‘I’m surrounded by loving family and friends, I’ve met the love of my life and I’m doing what I enjoy most; farming, singing and entertaining,’’ she said.
Ms Mitchell said she had tried her hand at every career which came her way before settling back to her true love of farming and singing.
‘‘I’m a farm girl through and through,’’ she said.
She grew up on a farm between Rochester and Lockington
After several careers, she worked in Rochester’s Murray Goulburn factory but was made redundant last year.
Instead of searching for another job, Ms Mitchell put her redundancy money to good use and bought a 120 hectare farm, Murrabit.
Her partner is a fifth generation farmer and she moved in with him.
She works full-time on the farm with the help of his family and sings at the weekends.
Ms Mitchell has played big county gigs such as the Barham Country Music Stampede and the Tooleybuc Music muster.
Although country music is her favourite music, she also sings modern and rock and roll and often plays at weddings.
Ms Mitchell’s next gig is in the Kerang Bowling Club on Saturday at 7.30pm.
She will be playing at the Beechworth Bakery in Echuca on September 21 from 11am to 3pm.
Her CDs are available at Rochester Chemmart, Rochester Community House or her website www.annaleamitchell.com
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