Bega's alt-country music star Corey Legge is about to hit the studio to record his third solo album.
Legge is being helped along by a $19,999 grant from Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding.
"It's an amazing opportunity," Legge told the Bega District News this week.
"It takes a huge financial weight of my shoulders so I can focus on writing and recording."
Legge will be working with renowned Australian producer Matt Fell on this album - Fell has produced work for Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson and Fanny Lumsden, among a host of other Golden Guitar and ARIA award winners.
"I'm really stoked to be working with him. I'm excited to find out where he can take my songs and get them to a new level."
Legge saw incredible chart success earlier this year when his single "I Don't Know What I've Got Myself In For" reached number two on the Australian Country Radio charts.
He's hoping to enjoy similar success when his new tunes hits the airwaves.
With a year of bushfires and COVID lockdowns, the Bega local had plenty of inspiration for what he is calling a "concept album".
"With bushfires and COVID, and the devastation around Cobargo, I had some really solid inspiration for these new songs.
"It's something that hits very close to home and the lyrics are very powerful.
"It's a nice connection with local audiences, but I quite often play a lot of the east coast and people really connect with stories of loss, and stories of hope that come out of our region."
Legge said the album as a whole will feel cohesive with a common thread running through the tracks "about the crazy themes of 2020 we all shared" and that the listening experience of the concept album would be a special one.
He heads to Fell's Love Hz studio in Sydney in the first week of July with a plan to record the album over two-three weeks.
Other recipients sharing in more than $4million as part of round two of Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program are Fling Physical Theatre and South East Arts.
Meanwhile, NSW Aboriginal Culture, Heritage and Arts Association members will be visiting Eden's Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Cultural Centre and Keeping Place "to be inspired by and gain an understanding of the many operations that can be associated with an Aboriginal cultural centre, including Jigamy Farm, the Bundian Way and the Giiyong Festival".