Bella Mackenzie has had a busy year after winning competitions including the recent Passport to Airlie.
Bella Mackenzie has had a busy year after winning competitions including the recent Passport to Airlie.

Passport takes Mackay teen to main stage at Airlie

ONE of Mackay’s favourite young musicians has just notched up another career milestone — this time winning the ultimate ticket to perform on a big stage.

Bella Mackenzie overcame stiff competition to win the Under 18 Passport to Airlie — which means she’ll be performing at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music in front of thousands of people, alongside names like Smokie and Kasey Chambers.

Mackenzie, who has been making strides in her career lately, said winning meant a lot to her.

“As a musician, it is the highlight of the year, with so many amazing live music acts coming to the Whitsundays.

“I can now say I’m a part of it all with two performances, one on the Fishjam stage and one on the main stage,” she said.

To take out the top prize, Mackenzie performed five songs.

“I sang three of my originals — Gree n, a song I wrote about the drought, Famous in Seconds, a song about working as a musician, and Trouble, a fun country rock song,” she said.

It was those original songs that impressed the judges enough to get her the win, which was different than other competitions she has won.

“Winning was an unbelievable feeling, but when you win by performing your original music (it) gives you such an amazing buzz,” she said.

Performing on such a big stage is a dream come true for the young musician.

“I was lucky enough to play in it last year with Mackay band Gypsy Soldiers, in the Kasey Chambers and the Kids Show … I can’t wait to be among so much amazing live music and have the opportunity to play some of my original music,” she said.

To catch Bella Mackenzie at a gig locally, follow her on Facebook or Instagram @BellaMackenzieOfficial


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