WIN PUTS BRI ON ROAD TO FAME

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Jessica Nico

MOST mu­si­cians will say they need just one chance, a small open­ing that will al­low them to get their mu­sic out into the world and spread their name around the in­dus­try.

For River­vale mu­si­cian Bri Clark, that op­por­tu­nity may have come knock­ing re­cently when she won the Fre­man­tle heat of the Tel­stra Road to Dis­cov­ery.

The 21-year-old plays the gui­tar and pi­ano to make her blues-and-jazz-in­spired orig­i­nal mu­sic.

She said she en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion for the ex­pe­ri­ence, never ex­pect­ing to come away as the win­ner.

“I thought it would be a re­ally cool thing to en­ter, even though I hadn't ac­tu­ally played any of my orig­i­nal stuff live be­fore,” she said.

“I was pretty shocked when I won, but re­ally grate­ful and ex­cited as well.”

As part of the perks of be­ing named win­ner, Clark will fly to Mel­bourne next month to take part in a three-day boot camp with 15 other hope­fuls from around the coun­try, as well as be­ing in the run­ning to win a $15,000 mu­sic de­vel­op­ment fund and a trip to the US to per­form at the Americana Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

“I am so stoked to be able to go to the boot camp, it is go­ing to be in­valu­able for me, meet­ing in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, song writ­ing work­shops with Aus­tralian artists and I am ex­cited to play in Mel­bourne,” she said.

Clark also set up a crowd fund­ing cam­paign to help her re­lease her de­but sin­gle, with more than $4000 raised to fur­ther help her get her mu­sic out in the world.

Visit youtube.com/BriClarkMu­sic or briclark.band­camp.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Bri Clark at home in River­vale.

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