Shin­ing Jewel

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NOT many 14-year-olds can claim they have John But­ler’s seal of ap­proval, but Saahli Jewel can.

The By­ford Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent earned a work­shop with the renowned mu­si­cian af­ter she won the Fair­bridge Fes­ti­val Quest youth song­writ­ing competition.

Jewel, who also won a spot on the Fair­bridge Fes­ti­val line-up as part of the competition, said it was both daunt­ing and thrilling play­ing her mu­sic for But­ler.

“It was one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve ever had, to meet John on the day I per­formed at the fes­ti­val,” she said.

“I was ner­vous be­cause I had to play him one of my songs, but he gave me a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity and I’m re­ally lucky.”

Af­ter learn­ing gui­tar when she was in Year 3, Jewel said she al­ways knew she wanted to make her pas­sion for con­tem­po­rary folk mu­sic her ca­reer.

“I’ve par­tic­i­pated in Kelm­scott Idol and when I was 10 I wrote my first song, which helped ex­press emo­tions I couldn’t say to any­one else about my mum and dad split­ting up,” she said.

Her quest to fur­ther her ca­reer will be boosted by three free WAM Song of the Year en­tries and the op­por­tu­nity for a deal with Per­fect Pitch Pub­lish­ing she won as part of the song­writ­ing competition.

Saahli Jewel (mid­dle) with the Fair­bridge Fes­ti­val Quest youth song­writ­ing competition judges.

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