Mu­sic is her mile­stone

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

CARLISLE FIND­ING an old Whit­ney Hous­ton cas­sette on the side of the road led Candice Lloyd into a ca­reer in mu­sic.

Lloyd is bet­ter known in Perth mu­sic cir­cles by her stage name Ulla Shay as one third of the pop­u­lar in­dige­nous Mo­town out­fit The Merindas.

The mem­bers are spread from Kelmscott to Carlisle to Clark­son, and Lloyd said their love of mu­sic started from a young age.

“When I lived in Broome, I was toss­ing up whether I wanted to be a singer or an ac­tor,” Lloyd said. “I tried out for tal­ent shows at high school but I wasn’t good enough.

“I think I suf­fered from self doubt at the time and I wasn’t se­lected for school con­certs and the like, but the more I was knocked back, the more I wanted to keep look­ing into it.”

The Carlisle res­i­dent took up mu­sic at high school but felt there was a lack of pas­sion among teach­ers and the ses­sions were too clin­i­cal.

“I dis­cov­ered Abmusic in Year 11 at the age of 16 and met my tu­tor ‘Fozzie’ and I was so in­tim­i­dated by how great he was, but I could see his pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion for mu­sic,” she said.

Bren­ton ‘Fozzie’ Fos­dike is a staff mem­ber at Abmusic and an orig­i­nal mem­ber of The Mix­tures, who leapt to fame with their 1970 hit The Push­bike Song.

“I left high school be­hind

Candice Lloyd.

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