Natalie with the group of student songwriters, mentors and John Foreman.
Natalie with the group of student songwriters, mentors and John Foreman.

Opportunity knocks for songwriter

WINNING one of 12 places in a national song writing workshop in Sydney has inspired young songwriter Natalie McIver.

Natalie entered her song on the cut-off day of the competition and received a call from the director of the program, Music: Count Us In, just a week later, to inform she had won a place on the song writing team for 2011.

“I was surprised and overwhelmed because I didn’t think I was talented enough to end up there,” the Year 12 student from St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, said.

A part of the prize was an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney to participate in the 2011 Music: Count Us In song writing workshop with renowned musical director and composer John Foreman.

But it wasn’t just working with Foreman which got Natalie excited.

“The most exciting component was meeting the other winning songwriters from around Australia and working with Thirsty Merc and Eskimo Joe, who were mentors,” Natalie said.

“The aim of the workshop was to get a song written for Music: Count Us In, with the 12 participants working with mentors such as Holly Throsby, Clair Bowditch, Rai Thistlethwaite from Thirsty Merc and Kav from Eskimo Joe.

“We were separated into four groups and had to collaborate on a song, which had to be appropriate for school children of all ages, with the theme of The Power of Music,” she said.

“I will continue song writing and stay in touch with the other songwriters and continue to develop my writing skills.”


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