Kylie began performing at the age of 5 and is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Over the years she has had many successes in New Zealand, Australia and Norfolk Island.
She has been a finalist in the New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year on many occasions as a solo artist and also as part of a duo and a group. She has also been a finalist in the New Zealand Songwriter of the Year awards.
In 2004 she was the Maton Talent Search winner at the Gympie Muster – which is the largest talent search of its kind in Australasia.
In 2005 Kylie graduated from the College of Country Music in Australia, this to date has been one of Kylies career highlights.
Kylie was part of the Senior Overall Winners North vs. South at the 2006 Gold Guitar Awards which are held in Gore.
In 2007 Kylie was named the 2007 Trans Tasman Entertainer of The Year – something she worked exceptionally hard for. This is a competition held on Norfolk Island where 5 Australian and 5 New Zealanders compete for the coveted title.
Kylie’s first album ‘when it rains’ was a finalist in the New Zealand Tui Awards ‘Country Album of the Year’ in 2009. In the same year, Kylie was also the recipient of the Pat McMinn Rising Star Award which is presented by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand. She has been a finalist in the National Country Music Awards for Female Artist of The Year.
2013 saw Kylie run a successful Pledge Me Campaign to record her second album with Mike McCarthy at Manuka Studios. Titled ‘Where’ve You Been’ Kylie released this album on May 4th 2014 and made a donation to the Kidney Society of Auckland with funds raised from a full house at her CD Launch Party.
In 2015 Kylie was nominated for the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Top Female Artist of the Year, this was a huge honour for Kylie as one of the other finalists was Grammy Award winner Lorde.
Kylie was awarded a Scroll of Honour by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand for her services to the New Zealand Country Music Scene in 2016.
2017 saw Kylie travel extensively across New Zealand at many different events and on the 22nd of June 2017 released a video on Facebook with her good friend Keith Pereira and in the first week of it being online the video received over 20,000 views – a huge achievement for Kylie.
2019 saw a big bucket list item ticked off for Kylie where she recorded her 3rd album in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was produced by New Zealand Country Music Legend Kevin Greaves.
Kylie was also given the honour of being inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in Nebraska (USA) in October 2019.
NZ Music Legend Gray Bartlett writes of Kylie:
There is no doubt that sometimes a fantastic jewel of a performer remains just below the surface, but alongside the very top talent in our music world. Such a talent is Kylie Austin.
A remarkable, brilliant & uplifting vocal star.
Gray Bartlett MBE