The song from the high ground

THOUSANDS of people at a rally; a lantern; and a musical - it wasn't long before the Northern Rivers added a song to the list of things people are doing in an effort to protest against CSG mining in the area.

Amelia Hayle, a 14-year-old singer and student from Trinity Catholic College, has come together with Waldo Fabian, a Chilean-Australian multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, and local musician Philip Hayward to create High Ground, a song that celebrates local resistance to CSG mining and critiques mining companies.

Amelia said the song was a collaboration between the three: Waldo wrote the lyrics, which refer to international issues, and she wrote the melody.

Amelia has performed with Waldo in the past, when she did guest vocals for his band in Sydney last year.

"I was excited to be part of the song because I am a green person, and I wanted to do something for the cause," Amelia said.

Amelia has been singing since she can remember, and she is pretty excited to be releasing a three-song EP soon with Waldo, all before she turns 15.

"You know when something great happens to you, but you can't digest it?" Amelia asked.

"It is crazy and surreal all at once."

The song has already received radio play on EVR in New York last month, and is currently getting played on NIM-FM.

The video on YouTube has had more than 300 views less than a week after being put up. Amelia said she and the other creators of the song wanted people to use it in other forms of protest.

"People can use the track as a base for things or take it along to their rallies - we want people to use it for the cause," Amelia said.

High Ground is available as a digital music download from Spotify, Amazon MP# or you can listen to it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufZU-o4RDQs.


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