LEETON artist Sharon Benjamin has landed herself a prestigious honour.
Ms Benjamin won the Stan Coster Memorial award for best comedy song Forget about the car at the 2020 Australian Bush Balladeer Awards as part of the Bungendore Country Music Muster.
Forget about the car was written by Rex Dallas, with Ms Benjamin including it on her most recent album titled Wheels.
The album features Australian songs either written by Ms Benjamin or other artists, including many old favourites.
"He was pretty excited I recorded it and we were both really happy when it won," she said.
"I don't enter many awards and there were some really cool artists that I was up against, so to win was great.
"I wasn't really a bush balladeer. I've sort of changed genres because I love Australian music.
"When we used to perform at clubs we'd do a bit of what everyone liked, but now I'm doing what I really want to do recording wise and that's Australian country music."
While Ms Benjamin doesn't always put her work forward for awards, she has received many accolades over the years and it's this recognition she holds close to her heart, knowing she has been recognised as an outstanding performer alongside some big names.
Ms Benjamin has many albums to her name, as well as various songs she's recorded with other musicians and ones she has also written for her own records.
In the past a lot of these albums were country, but more contemporary.
"I've just separated the two now ... the gigs are what the audience wants to hear and what I record is basically up to me and what I want to do," Ms Benjamin said.
Ms Benjamin has been singing, writing, performing and hitting the road on tours for more than 30 years.
Nowadays she is more select when it comes to the events she attends outside of Leeton, focusing on her music at home in the recording studio she owns with her musician husband Mark Hillier.
The pair also record albums for others in the studio and it's something many outside of the industry may not know about.
She said singing and jamming with other artists in the recording studio was something she loved doing.
"The studio part I love helping putting an artist's vision into the recording, that's so much fun," Ms Benjamin said.
"The creative side of things is just awesome. It's great being able to work alongside Mark. We're a really good team and I owe a lot to him."
Ms Benjamin always wanted to be a singer growing up, saying it's all she ever wanted to do.
"I'm sure the kids at school thought I was mad as I was always walking around singing," she said.
If you would like to catch Ms Benjamin performing in Leeton you can do so at the Wade Hotel this year on April 4 and May 7, as well as at the Leeton Country Music Festival later this year.
"I love performing here in Leeton," she said.
"I'll definitely be taking requests when I'm at the Wade, so come down and have a listen and a dance."