Shanice McLean hits the big stage
SEVENTEEN-YEAROLDCooya singer Shanice McLean is walking on air, having been chosen from among her fellow students at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane to perform the national anthem at the Indigenous Allstars rugby league tournament opening on February 13.
Shanice, along with four classmates, will sing the national anthem in Stradbroke Island language, followed straight after by national pop star Jessica Mauboy who will perform the anthem in English.
“Jessica is Shanice’s biggest idol in the world,” said proud mum Natalie Groth.
Natalie says Shanice has an amazing ability to pick up other indigenous languages – she is a Kuku Yalanji but has quickly up learned other languages, such as pidgin when she sang with Creative Generation in the Brisbane Convention Centre some years ago, plus a Northern Territory language.
“I don’t know she does it,” Natalie says.
“I’m so proud of her.”