DOOLIE Shadforth showed from a young age she was born to be behind the microphone with a guitar in hand.
The Sunshine Coast Grammar School Year 12 student has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Queensland Music Awards - in the Most Promising Female Songwriter category - and is one of six artists short-listed in the schools category, for her song Pristine.
"When I was younger I used to pull out my little toy microphone and guitar and jam out to Avril Lavigne," Doolie said.
"I think I was in Prep. I must have been doing something stupid, but my mum was talking to my Prep teacher and she said, 'You know, Doolie can actually sing, like she can really sing', and my mum was like 'what?'"
Doolie said since then her parents had been big fans - although she did not start taking music "seriously" until 2013 - and were actually the ones to enter Pristine into the music awards.
"My mum and dad put the song through and I wasn't really expecting anything.
"I'd had a rough year and just was thinking, 'It's the end of the year, I'm tired, you just do it and we'll see what happens'.
"Then one afternoon, Ayla Scanlan had tagged me in a post saying congratulations to these people, and I was one of them, and I was like, 'what is this for?'
"It clicked that I'd been nominated and then I found out I was also up for the people's choice as well, so that's really exciting."
Voting for Doolie and the other finalists closes tomorrow at midnight and the winners of the Bank Of Queensland People's Choice Awards will be announced on Monday, March 21, at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
No matter the outcome Doolie said she was planning to pave her way into the music industry through hard work and dedication.
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