Coun­try life in­spires young per­former’s pas­sion for mu­sic

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - ELMORE FIELD DAYS -

WHEN she’s not study­ing at Mel­bourne Uni­ver­sity for a Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Science, Laura Byrne is tak­ing part in her pas­sion of per­form­ing coun­try/folk mu­sic and is part of this year’s El­more Field Days live en­ter­tain­ment line-up.

At just 18 years of age, Laura is a CMAA Academy Of Coun­try Mu­sic grad­u­ate and has al­ready re­leased a self-ti­tled de­but EP.

The EP fea­tures co-writes with some of Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic’s finest in­clud­ing Alan Caswell, Drew McAlis­ter and Brianna Lee, while the mu­sic was bought to life by pro­ducer Si­mon John­son and his team of mu­si­cians Vaughan Jones, Glen Han­nah, Pete Drum­mond and Dave Ristrim.

Mu­sic has been a part of fam­ily life for Laura who grew up singing with her cousins and grand­par­ents.

Spend­ing her child­hood on the fam­ily farm in north­ern Vic­to­ria has given Laura a pas­sion for all things coun­try which can be heard through her songs.

Laura spent her child­hood in and out of hos­pi­tal with serve al­ler­gies in­clud­ing eczema, asthma and ear in­fec­tions.

Th­ese in­fec­tions lead to hear­ing com­pli­ca­tions, which caused her to be deaf and cre­ated speech prob­lems.

Af­ter two op­er­a­tions Laura’s hear­ing im­proved and is now free from dif­fi­cul­ties most of the time.

This is where singing lessons helped Laura to boost her con­fi­dence and speech as well as her love of mu­sic.

Laura’s clas­si­cal train­ing opened many doors for her in­clud­ing 13 mu­si­cal theatre pro­duc­tions, four of them in the lead role.

Over the years, Laura has re­ceived two Ge­orgie Award nom­i­na­tions from the Goul­burn Val­ley Theatre Awards.

SONG BIRD: Grow­ing up in north­ern Vic­to­ria has given Laura Byrne a pas­sion for all things coun­try which can be heard through her songs.

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