Star in the making
GLAMORGAN Vale girl Shavaun Leschke, 13, was one of a selected few from Australia and New Zealand to have the privilege of attending the CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) Australian Academy of Country Music.
Miss Leschke and her dad road-tripped it to Tamworth for a week in mid-July with her bass guitar, some very big jackets and eager smiles to attend the Academy and learn from the best in the country music industry.
The Academy encouraged and further developed her musical abilities, specialising in the country music genre whilst working alongside Australia's country music greats such as David Carter (Carter and Carter), Felicity Urquhart, Amber Lawrence, Kasey Chambers and Ted Egan to name a few.
“The entire week was jam-packed full of lessons and tutorials,” Miss Leschke said.
“My fingers were so sore by the end of the week – but that's part of the fun.
“It was an amazing experience, and I've learnt so much from these incredible artists in the professional country music industry.”
Along with playing electric bass, Miss Leschke plays piano and is a double bassist in the Queensland Youth Orchestra.
“I feel very blessed to have had the sponsorship of Chris Watson from Travelworld in Tamworth and the help of my family to be able to make my dream of attending the Academy a reality,” she said.