Sky’s the Limit

Kayla Conyers performing as part of Pimlico Presents 2018. IMAGE: Julie Coutts

Pimlico State High School’s Kayla Conyers is one of 10 young women across Queensland selected as a 2018 BIG SKY GIRL – a program launched by Brisbane-based record label SUGARRUSH Music to support young female songwriters from regional Queensland.

Kayla, 16, said the opportunities already presented to her by the six-month music career mentorship had been incredible.

“I was so excited when I first saw the mentorship advertised and was completely over the moon when I was selected as one of the songwriters to go through the program this year,” Kayla said.

“I was taken by the fact that I would be able to improve my songwriting ability and connect with musicians and people within the music industry. I hope I have the opportunity to get my music out there.

“I’ve been singing since I can remember. I started going for vocal lessons at the age of 11 and still go for lessons every week without fail. I started writing my own songs when I was about 12 and was 13 when I started teaching myself guitar.”

Part of Kayla’s mentorship as a BIG SKY GIRL includes the opportunity to have an original song recorded in Brisbane.

“Each of us will have some time in the studio, with one of each of our songs professionally recorded by Jeff Lovejoy [producer for Powderfinger, Resin Dogs, Tex Perkins] and we’ll be invited to perform at a special showcase in Brisbane this October. In the meantime, we’ll be writing a song a week and I’ll select some of my best songs to work with in the studio.

“I can’t tell just yet which song will be ‘it’ as I’m only three weeks into the songwriting side of the program, but I do have a favourite which I feel has potential.

“My dream is to become a well-known artist and be able to inspire others to follow their dreams and express themselves through their passion. While I work really hard at music, it’s also my hobby and a huge part of my life so I hope the road I continue down is a musical one for the rest of my life.”

For more information on the BIG SKY GIRLS initiative, click here.

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