AVALON Hicks's singing career started in the shower.
Having just released her debut album, Mistakes, Avalon credits her vocal skills to her hours of bathroom practise.
"I love singing, I'm always singing," Avalon said.
She said she improved by listening to different songs and matching her voice to them and now the 20-year-old has something to show for it.
It was while studying a Bachelor in Environmental Management at Bond University on the Gold Coast, that Avalon met a girl in a class whose parents owned a recording studio.
"I had an interview with the producers who said they really wanted to work with me," she said.
"I recorded the album during my final exams. I was packing my apartment at the same time I was writing and recording my album.
"I would write the lyrics, go into the studio with the producer, production team and engineer and work on it and record it. It took a little bit longer than 14 weeks."
Since completing her degree, Avalon has moved back to Emerald and will study externally for her Masters.
Avalon's album includes some of her own songs and a few covers.
"It's based on old rock and blues songs I like and made it into something a little more modern," she said.
"My favourite song for me to sing is Love To Burn. I used to sing it off a TV show when I was seven.
"It was a really different cover than the original - I put my own spin on things."
The album is available on iTunes or from her website avalonmusic.com.au.
To win a copy send your name, address and daytime phone number to: CQ News Avalon Mistakes giveaway, PO Box 259, Emerald, Qld 4720.