Gearing up for the Young Songwriters Competition this Friday are (rear l-r) Lismore Council’s youth development officer Lizette Twisleton and competition co-ordinator Sarah-Jane Loxton with finalists Arna and Vanessa Rogers and Georgie Schulz, and fellow finalists (front l-r) Tori Zietsch, Alex Waters and Maddigan Henderson (who make up the band Koikids) and Steph Rogers.
Gearing up for the Young Songwriters Competition this Friday are (rear l-r) Lismore Council’s youth development officer Lizette Twisleton and competition co-ordinator Sarah-Jane Loxton with finalists Arna and Vanessa Rogers and Georgie Schulz, and fellow finalists (front l-r) Tori Zietsch, Alex Waters and Maddigan Henderson (who make up the band Koikids) and Steph Rogers.

Young songwriters take to the stage

Steph Rogers has only just moved to Lismore from Mildura, but the 19-year-old is already making her voice heard through the Young Songwriters Competition.

Steph is a finalist in the Youth Week event and will perform alongside six other finalists at a special concert this Friday, April 16, where judges Diana Anaid, Li Moore and Darren Bridge will decide the winners of each category.

“I’m really excited,” Steph said. “Songwriters don’t usually get a lot of recognition, it’s often the artist who sings the song, so this is great. I just moved here and I’ve been trying to gauge the area and the cultural side of it seems really on the ball.”

Lismore City Council’s youth development officer Lizette Twisleton said the competition received around 35 entries and already they have had interest from well-known musicians who love the idea of encouraging young songwriters and want to get involved next year.

“It’s great we’re already gaining that momentum and that it’s creating a lot of enthusiasm,” Lizette said. “This is only our first year but it looks like it’s just going to get bigger and better.”

Lizette said the judges were absolutely blown away by the depth of the songs entered.

“It was amazing the maturity in the lyrics – a lot of the judges were shocked by that,” competition co-ordinator Sara-Jane Loxton said.

“Yes they were incredibly impressed,” Lizette agreed. “I really want to acknowledge the courage of these young people. They are putting their innermost thoughts and feelings out there and that takes a big act of bravery and courage. The concert is going to be so entertaining – I think people will be very surprised at the level of talent out there.”

Lizette said the Young Songwriters Competition will also include performances by Mick Daley from The Re-Mains and Li Moore performing as KaLiBa.

The Young Songwriters Competition concert is on this Friday, April 16, from 7.30pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

For information, phone Lizette on 6625 0500.


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