Six aspiring songwriters are on the road to success, after being selected to perform at the Grand Final of Telstra Road to Discovery, the talent development program that connects Australian artists with influential figures in the music industry through music education and expertise.
The announcement was made at a competitive Semi Final event where 11 fiercely talented musicians from around Australia performed for the title at Melbourne’s Kindred Studios on Friday evening.
The Semi Final was judged by some of Australia’s leading music experts including alt-pop maestro and 2014 ARIA nominee, Andy Bull, Affinity Music Group and Manager of Styalz Feugo, Adam ‘Weez’ Booth and Mushroom Music’s Creative Manager, Bill Page.
The artists chosen to compete at the Grand Final include:
- Will Anderson, 18, Mackay QLD (alternative folk, acoustic guitar), Will creates an earthy and unique sound like no other by combining the sounds of his guitar and didgeridoo.
- Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, (Merpire) 27, Redfern NSW, (folk, pop, ukulele), Rhiannon grew up around her parent’s music, and they say she was singing before she could even speak.
- Ciaram Granger, 28, Glenelg (folk, blues, country), the first song Ciaram ever learnt on guitar was Streets of London by Ralph McTell and he still plays this song in most of his sets.
- Ryan Nebauer, (Neighbour) 24, Greenslopes QLD, (folk, pop, acoustic guitar and keyboard), Ryan has been playing guitar and piano for half of his life and has even had his music featured on many international television shows, including National Geographic and The Disney Channel.
- Sydnee Carter, 17, Wanneroo, WA, (pop, folk, acoustic guitar), Sydnee was previously on X Factor and made such an impress that Ashton Kutcher post her audition video on his Twitter.
- Liv Cartledge, 18, St Kilda, VIC (pop, rock, acoustic guitar) wild card, Liv has recently released a new single which was premiered on Channel Ten’s Neighbours.
These hopefuls are in the running to win one of two $15,000 music development funds plus a trip to the United States and ongoing opportunities for further development through local gigs and music education. The program is committed to the development of these aspiring songwriters which has provided a launch pad for up and coming Australians who are now some of the nation’s finest musical acts including Jessica Mauboy (2003), Harry Hookey (2012) and Melody Pool (2013).
The Grand Final will be held in November. For more information and to follow their journey, visit telstra.com/trtd.