KURRI Kurri songstress Melody Pool will wear her heart on her sleeve when she competes in the grand final of the Telstra Road to Discovery at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Tuesday night.
She is one of 10 finalists vying for a trip to Nashville in the same competition that named Jessica Mauboy as its inaugural winner in 2003.
Pool is a finalist in the songwriting category, and she has impressed the judges so far with her honest lyrics and "edgy Americana sound".
The 21-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter will perform two original songs: The Hurting Scene and Henry.
Pool, who is single, admitted both songs were about heartache and a past love.
"They are still quite empowering and uplifting," she said.
The songs are from her debut album, due for release next month.
She recorded the album in Nashville with American singer-songwriter Jace Everett.
His signature tune, Bad Things, is the theme song to the television series True Blood.
"If I win the songwriter's award, I'll be able to go back over and promote and tour my album," Pool said.