AFTER 10 years out of the spotlight, comeback country queen Tanya Self will perform in St Marys on Saturday.
She will sing tracks from her new album Random Truths, which reached No. 4 in its first two weeks in the ARIA Australian Country Albums charts.
The Queensland-based singer and songwriter returned to the road this year after a break to have three children.
"I always knew I would return to the stage, as I've been performing since I was 12," she said.
"I never stopped writing songs in that time. I've spent the last 10 years supporting my husband and his career so it was important for me to stay put. We both agreed it was my turn now."
Self was named the 1995 Star Maker before going on to achieving 11 top 10 country radio hits.
She recorded duet Drive Away with Adam Harvey in 1997, which won them a Golden Guitar for vocal collaboration of the year at the 1998 Australian Country Music Awards.
She believes being a mum has made her a better performer.
"When you've had life experience and can share your stories, you connect with people better because you're telling their stories as well," Self said.
"That's why it's important for me to get out the community."
Songs on her new 14-track album include The Jacaranda, Listening In and Fallen Angel, written with Rick Price.
"I have to pinch myself about how successful it's been in the album charts so far," she said.
She urged budding performers to stay true to themselves.
"Do your own thing and find your own sound."
■ Tanya Self will perform at St Marys Sound Centre, 116A Queen Street, on Saturday from noon.