Singer fig­ures it out

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

A Co­bram singer-song­writer has soared into the top 100 ARIA charts with her de­but sin­gle Fig­ure It Out.

Char­lotte ‘‘Eliott’’ Gem­mill filmed the mu­sic video in her home­town and it fea­tures her fam­ily’s back­yard and some of her old­est, clos­est friends.

The song was re­leased on Oc­to­ber 27 and reached num­ber 82 on the ARIA mu­sic charts and num­ber five on iTunes ‘best of the week’ sin­gles, a rare feat for a de­but sin­gle.

Gem­mill said her song was about the pain of leav­ing home, grow­ing up and start­ing a new life.

The themes were in­spired by her own ex­pe­ri­ences of mov­ing to Syd­ney and start­ing her new life as a mu­si­cian in a strange new en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘I think the song is so hon­est and real. It only makes sense to go back to Co­bram and keep it gen­uine,’’ she said.

‘‘It was such a spe­cial few days film­ing, be­cause I got to do it with all of my best mates.

‘‘There was no act­ing, it was hon­est and real.’’

Gem­mill said she had come a long way since she first be­gan singing at age four.

She started singing and pi­ano lessons at age nine and had her first gig in Co­bram at 13.

She started per­form­ing at wed­dings in Echuca be­fore branch­ing out to Shep­par­ton and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Her big break came when she was dis­cov­ered on SoundCloud by Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Aus­tralia, which spot­ted the po­ten­tial in her.

Gem­mill said most of Co­bram had been cheer­ing her on, but her big­gest fans were her par­ents who had been driv­ing her to gigs since she was 14.

‘‘They like to call them­selves my road­ies,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve re­ceived so much sup­port and this has been a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Right at home: Char­lotte ‘‘Eliott’’ Gem­mill filmed her mu­sic video in her home­town of Co­bram.

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