Song­writer goes for award tri­fecta

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By MON­TANA AR­DON

CHAR­LOTTE Viney (17) started writ­ing songs a few years ago to beat bore­dom.

That bore­dom has led to the Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent win­ning back-to-back WA Mu­sic Song of the Year com­pe­ti­tions for her age group in 2015 and 16.

This year, Char­lotte said she was hop­ing for the tri­fecta.

“I’ve al­ways been into mu­sic, but only re­ally been into song writ­ing since Year 9,” she said.

“When I en­tered in 2015 I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win; it is a pretty tough com­pe­ti­tion.

“Then last year I was up against a pop­u­lar band called Fig­ure­head, so I thought I had no chance. “It would be nice to win again.”

The Year 12 stu­dent, whose grand­mother was a singer and piano teacher, has pro­duced three songs pro­fes­sion­ally.

This year’s en­try in the 15-17 years cat­e­gory is ti­tled Young and Reck­less.

“I’m more into the mod­ern style of mu­sic – like pop­u­lar genre,” she said.

“The song is con­nected to the ocean; it has wind sounds in the back­ground and sim­u­lates waves.”

While she said she did not re­ally have any mu­si­cal idols, Char­lotte named Bri­tish pop sen­sa­tion Ed Sheeran as her big­gest in­spi­ra­tion.

“I re­ally love Ed Sheeran’s mu­sic, it’s like sto­ry­telling,” she said.

“I love the way he plays his gui­tar and the way he brings his songs to­gether; it’s just so gen­uine.”

There are five fi­nal­ists in all 16 cat­e­gories.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d468663

Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent Char­lotte Viney.

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