local music PHOTO LAURA MCKEE
If Amy Zaghini looks familiar, it could be you remember her as Penny Pingleton in the North Queensland Opera & Music Theatre production of Hairspray. The 24-year-old grew up in Ingham and, in Year 10, decided to go to school in Townsville to further her music. “I boarded with a couple of teachers while I went to Kirwan State High School,” Amy says. “Kirwan has an amazing arts program and I had a fantastic time studying music, dance and drama as well as being a part of their musicals.” Amy went on to undertake a Bachelor of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology before moving back to Townsville in 2010. She is now enjoying her job as marketing and events executive for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and also released her debut EP Mind Reader at Full Throttle’s Courthouse Theatre in January. Overnight, Mind Reader made the top 50 on iTunes’ Pop Album Chart. “Following the release, my songs have been heard on commercial radio and have also seen success in Triple J’s Unearthed Competition with Phone Companies reaching number two on the Unearthed pop chart.” Amy describes her music as “pop that tells stories about things that have happened to me or my friends in my own words.” She is currently working on her debut album with Bounce Recording Studio in Melbourne. “I am so excited for everyone to hear it when it comes out in 2014,” Amy says. “After I release my album I would like to start touring Australia.”
At age 11, Charlotte Roberts penned her first song in her grandma’s shed. Called Believe it’s about not letting anyone stop you from following your dreams and it’s a motto she lives by. The talented Pimlico graduate released her first album, Unspoken, to a delighted audience at Townsville’s Council Chambers last year. “I think I sold like a hundred CDs that morning,” Charlotte says. “People’s reactions when I sing live are the best part.” With a dad who loves listening to Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks, it’s no surprise Charlotte’s music has a country bent. “I’d say it’s very country, very folk, a little bit pop and with an emphasis on storytelling,” the 18-year-old says. “I like a lot of UK artists, like Ed Sheeran, because he is very honest in his songwriting.” Now busy recording her third album, Behind These Walls, Charlotte and her enthusiastic manager Rick Garcia are gearing up for its launch at the Civic Theatre on Sunday June 23. Her excited family will be there to cheer her on. “My grandad was a Welsh singer but he never got to follow his dream – he is my number one fan,” Charlotte says. While her mum and dad are very supportive of Charlotte’s career choice, they’ve also encouraged their daughter to have a Plan B. “My back-up plan is studying psychology so I can help people in another way other than music,” Charlotte says.
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Published on May 31, 2013
Published on May 31, 2013
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