Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Calling Bowen’s Young Singers

A Bowen venue is offering local up-and-coming musicians the chance to turn their passion into a career with a Young Talent Program to get them “starting gigging”.

The Original North Australian hopes to provide an “opportunity for young talent in our community to build on their confidence and performing ability.”

The Talent Program hopes to entice 17- to 30-year-old artists – either solo performers or duets – to perform at the local pub by giving them the “perfect platform” to begin.

The Original North Australian Duty Manager Jenna Johnson said she came up with the program  to help Bowen’s burgeoning artist find a platform.

“I’m an amateur musician who grew up with a love for singing and dancing, and I thought: How can we help our young musicians?” Ms Johnson said.

“There’s not a lot of artists in town and if, when they’re young, they only had a platform and experience, they could get to a place where they can paid for their work.

“In a small town like Bowen, how do you make that progression from amateur to paid gigs? That’s where this program is going to come in.”

Ms Johnson said the program has two singers already but needs four to begin, with the artists set to play on Tuesday nights on a rotational roster in the pub’s main restaurant.

“And there’s no pressure here,” she said.

“It’s about building your confidence and experience; it’s not a competition.”

Interested singers between 17 and 30 may call or email The Original North Australian to find out more.

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