Porter performs at Sugarland Tavern
AFTER a rock-climbing accident forced Jared Porter to give up his love for sport, he turned to music which led him down the path of stardom.
The 26-year-old, who was the 2014 Toyota Star Maker winner, will perform at Sugarland Tavern on Saturday in a free show.
Mr Porter's love for music is rooted in his family history, with his father born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains and his mother from the desert valley of Phoenix, Arizona.
He was born in a small gold mining town of Grass Valley in the Sierra Mountains in northern California and moved to Australia at the age of 15.
He played in a punk and alternative rock band until the honky tonk, blues and motown music on which his father raised him resurfaced and he realised country was in his soul.
He was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium for the Bachelor of Popular Music and in February 2013 he released his first single and video, Under The Sun.
"I'm so excited about this huge opportunity," Mr Porter said.
"The Toyota Star Maker competition has helped to launch the careers of some of the biggest names in country music.
"Now to have that chance with the added help from someone like Lee
Kernaghan, I couldn't ask for more."
Sugarland Tavern manager Jody Heiniger said it would be a great opportunity for locals to enjoy the free concert after a night out watching the Professional Bull Riders event.