Small girl with big voice, and po­ten­tial

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE - Madi­son Wil­liams

ARI­ANNE Wil­liams is the small girl with a big voice, and even big­ger po­ten­tial.

She’s the home-grown lo­cal tal­ent with the dream and abil­ity to make it all the way.

The 12-year-old showed off her vo­cal chords as she led the Dou­glas Shire through the Aus­tralian Na­tional An­them on Aus­tralia Day.

Per­form­ing in front of Fed­eral Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch, Mayor Ju­lia Leu, Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lors and more than 100 at­ten­dees, the young tal­ent showed she didn’t scare eas­ily.

“Af­ter I sang a woman came up to me and said ‘ you have such a good voice, you should try out for X-Fac­tor, the whole town would be be­hind you’,” said Ari­anne.

“I’m think­ing of try­ing out af­ter Year 12 be­cause education is im­por­tant.”

De­spite her im­pres­sive per­for­mance Ari­anne was only given two weeks to pre­pare.

Ari­anne’s mother Amanda Wil­liams said the short no­tice didn’t phase her daugh­ter who has an “amaz­ing work ethic”.

“She started pol­ish­ing off songs straight away,” said Mrs Wil­liams.

“She was very, very ex­cited and sang five times a day for two weeks.

“It’s all about pol­ish­ing when Ari­anne gets asked to do some­thing, she’s got this amaz­ing work ethic.”

The high school stu­dent cites 1975 Aus­tralian folk and political mu­sic group Redgum as her favourite artist.

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their emo­tional and of­ten waror­i­ented lyrics, Ari­anne has put pen to pa­per and started writ­ing her own songs.

“I like singing, it’s a good way to ex­press my­self and I also write my own songs and sing them,” she said.

“I’m writ­ing one about a girl who has a brother who goes to war and hasn’t re­turned.

“The whole fam­ily is af­fec- ted by it.

“My cousin Will is in the amy so I’ve taken in­spi­ra­tion from that.

“When­ever I’m in the middle of writ­ing a song I think it’s my favourite, like the one I’m work­ing on now.

“Some­times I write about some­thing that’s hap­pened in my life and some­thing that hap­pened ages ago.”

A dil­li­gent stu­dent, Ari­anne be­lieves it’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on her stud­ies and grad­u­ate from school be­fore she pur­sues her dream.

But un­til then she will con­tinue to pol­ish her vo­cal chords, sharpen her pen­cil and scrib­ble in her lyric book.

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

Young lo­cal tal­ent Ari­anne Wil­liams sang her heart out at the Aus­tralia Day Awards cer­e­mony

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