Shanice invited to sing for hero
TALENTED Cooya Beach singer Shanice Mclean has been asked to sing for blind Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu in a Brisbane concert towards the end of July.
Shanice, who turns 14 next month, and has been singing since she was five years old, has been chosen to sing as part of the Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage.
Last weekend Shanice attended a Creative Generation’s workshop at the Brisbane Powerhouse, in Brisbane, where she had just two days to learn Gurrumul’s song and learn it in his Yolngu language.
And she sang the song so well that she had many of the other performers in tears.
“I just loved the experience and to sing Gurrumul’s song called Bapa (which means father) which was really nice because it’s such a wonderful song,” Shanice said.
And her proud mum, Natalie, said that Shanice had to first ask Gurrumul for his permission to sing his song and when we heard back from his people that she could sing it, and sing it in language (Yolngu) she only had two days to do it!
“Shanice hasn’t met Gurrumul yet but she did a fantastic version of his song and is now hoping to meet him after she sings his song in front of him at the concert on July 27,” Ms Mclean said.
Shanice, who also plays flute, when asked what her favourite genre of music was she simply said: “All! I love all music, oh, and I like to sing jazz.”
This is the eighth year, the most talented dancers, performers, singers and musicians from Queensland State schools come together to stage one of the State’s biggest performing arts events.
More than 1500 students from across Queensland showcase their talent by starring in the professionally produced show alongside some of Queensland’s leading professional artists.
Creative Generation aims to mentor and foster the next generation of performers and provides opportunities for them to work with and learn from professional artists.
And these talented young artists will perform in four arena-style shows to be staged on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The show will feature - a 650voice choir, a 65-piece symphony orchestra, 800 dancers and talented featured vocalists, drama performers and dancers from the ages of five to 18.