Most Australian country artists dream of holding a Golden Guitar award, but Tamworth girl Aleyce Simmonds possibly deserves one more than most.
It's her seventh nomination after years working as an independent artist and she has yet to take one home.
"This is my third time being nominated for Female Artist of the Year and it means even more than the first time because this album is really important to me," Simmonds told AAP in Tamworth.
"But who has a chance against Kasey Chambers? But I feel really honoured to be up for it."
The singer-songwriter released her album More Than Meets The Eye independently last year.
It came out of a dark time in Simmonds' life after the end of a long-term relationship. She also moved back home to Tamworth after 10 years in Sydney.
"It was not only a heartbreak album, but it was a finding myself album," she said.
"I was in a pretty dark place and didn't even think that I was ever going to make an album again and my guitarist, Michael Cole, said 'get up, open your curtains and make this album'."
She realised she had a lot to say and there was still so much music within her.
"I guess when you write a song it's like writing a diary entry into your life and that's definitely what the last album was for me," she said.
Her return to Tamworth was only supposed to last a few months, but two years later, Simmonds seems settled in the capital of country music where she manages a local motel.
"It's an awesome town; some people are moving back - musicians, artists, writers - and it's really becoming a kind of mecca of country music and it's really cool," she said.
And the music, much like her move back home, has been healing.
"It sort of was, it definitely did bring me back into the light and allow me to open my heart to other people which has been really lovely," she said.
Simmonds gets emotional just talking about the record, which means the Golden Guitar audience could be in for a teary acceptance speech if Simmonds wins on Saturday night.
"I'm definitely going to cry, but if I won a Golden Guitar it would be all for my family, it would be thanks to them. They're amazing, my Mum and Dad and my two sisters."
* The Golden Guitar Awards take place on Saturday, January 27 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre.