Small girl with big voice, and potential
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.
Young local talent Arianne Williams sang her heart out at the Australia Day Awards ceremony