Year 8 Assumption College student Emma Bell placed second at the Queensland Champion of Champions.
Year 8 Assumption College student Emma Bell placed second at the Queensland Champion of Champions.

Emma strikes right note with song

WITH the constant stream of lyrics filling Emma Bell’s head, she could fill a CD within a year.

The Year 8 Assumption College student has been successful at the Queensland (QLD) Champion of Champions awards in Brisbane, recently taking out second place in the Junior Songwriters section.

Singing Where Were You Emma wowed the judges, making it through to the top five after a long day on Saturday followed by the final on Sunday.

Emma was invited to the QLD Champion of Champions event after her success at the Stanthorpe Champion of Champions country music festival.

This was the first time she performed the song in a competition, however remembers singing it only 24 hours before putting pen to paper as entertainment after she won at Stanthorpe.

“I usually write about my own experiences – this song wasn’t like that,” Emma said.

“I kind of built this song from an idea I had.”

That idea certainly paid off after 10 hours of waiting at the Kedron-Wavell Service Club at Chermside before a performance at 7pm.

“I didn’t really know what to expect and was so excited and surprised with the result,” Emma said.

Since Emma last spoke to the Daily News in September she said she had loads of new songs she had put together herself.

“I think music is always going to be a big part of my life,” she said.

Only when Emma picked up a guitar a year ago did she discover her knack for song writing, and has continued to fuel this passion since Year 7.

“I have singing lessons and I taught myself to play the guitar and I also study piano,” she said.

For now, after her achievement, her next focus is performing a song she wrote for an assignment about friendship and the journey through Year 8.

As well, she is performing Where Were You in front of her school community this Thursday night at the Speech Night Awards.

“It’s harder performing in front of people you know,” Emma said.

Her future goals for her music abilities would be to compile an album, although she has already recorded a few of her tunes at Right Track Studio at Yangan.

“It’s really hard work getting the song exactly right when you are recording,” Emma said.

When explaining her music style, she compared her music to that of idol Taylor Swift, describing her tunes as similar in the country pop genre.

The Rose City can expect big things from Emma, who hopes to perform at Tamworth in the future while also attending university at the end of her high school education.


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