What first got you into music? And who inspired you to make music?
From a very young age my parents were very instrumental in sparking my interest in music. I always admired my dad, Mark, who would play a few songs on his guitar in our family home. I remembered being absolutely mesmerised with how the different chords sounded, and how they were made. When I was 8-years-old, I was gifted my very first guitar, a Cole Clark, which is still my most treasured instrument.
After a year of guitar lessons, my teacher invited me to play a song at a school event. Having no idea that I had a voice (being focused on guitar) the school vocal teacher, Twila, noticed the potential I had and took me under her wing. Twila helped me improve my voice drastically, leading me to win multiple eisteddfods and talent shows. Without Twila noticing the potential in my voice I would have never discovered the musical gift I have.
As the years went on, music became my passion and I knew it was something I wanted to do as I got older. Now, here I am at 20 years old turning my passion into a career.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
Music has always been powerful and can make a huge impact in everyone’s life, which is the reason why I am so passionate about it. It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can motivate you, and most importantly, it can make you dance! There are many ways you can do good in this world and for me, I would love to use my music to make changes, even if it is only in one person’s life. For me, that would be the greatest achievement.
What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
The best piece of advice I have ever received when it comes to music is simply to practise! Realising that the only obstacle standing in the way of progress and pursuing your musical passions is yourself is truly eye-opening. You need to dedicate significant time to mastering songs and infusing them with your own individuality, to ensure you don’t fade into obscurity among the masses. Remember, a dream is only a dream if you don’t put anything into action.
Who’s your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
I would love the opportunity to work with Guy Sebastian. Guy has always been a special role model for me as my primary school music teacher, Twila, is his Aunty so in each music lesson I would hear about his music journey as at this stage he was only just starting his career. I remember learning all the songs in his first album and still to this day I love playing his music so to live that childhood dream would be the highlight of my music career.
Do you write your own music? Where we can find your music?
Yes, I love writing and piecing together music. I haven’t released any of my own music as of yet but I plan to do so very soon. A lot of my music is filled with the emotions I struggle to express with words, so I can’t wait to take people on a journey through my mind as I have grown through the years.
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