Singer Shanice hits big stage
EXCITEMENT and nerves are building for talented Cooya Beach singer Shanice McLean as she prepares to sing one of blind Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s songs on the big stage.
The 14-year-old singer was in Brisbane on Sunday where she underwent extensive rehearsals as part of the Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage performance events.
As well as learning all of her new dance moves, Shanice has had to not only learn Gurrumul’s song Bapa but sing it in his Yolngu language.
The gifted singer will give a solo performance of Bapa, which means father, before performing other songs with a guitarist, celloist and a back-up singer.
Shanice said she was very happy to be a part of the upcoming performance.
“The rehearsals are getting real hard now but I am enjoying it very much,” Shanice said.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has been asked to appear at the concert to hear Shanice sing his song and he has agreed if his com- mitments allow him.
As part of her rehearsal’s training, Shanice has been regularly attending Creative Generation’s workshops at the Brisbane Powerhouse, in Brisbane.
Shanice, who also plays flute, said she loves all music but likes jazz the best.
This is the eighth year the most talented dancers, performers, singers and musicians from Queensland state schools come together to stage one of the country’s biggest performing arts events.
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.
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.