Lo­cal tal­ent un­cov­ered at Naked Croc

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE mes­meris­ing voices of the re­gion’s emerg­ing lo­cal artists were the main at­trac­tion at the Naked Croc­o­dile Cafe’s Un­cov­ered event on Fri­day night.

Twenty stu­dents per­formed through­out the evening, de­liv­er­ing a high qual­ity per­for­mance that left the au­di­ence glued to their seats.

The per­form­ers were stu­dents from the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege, Miss Cor­rine’s School of Mu­sic and the Voice and Heart Mu­sic Tu­ition, aged be­tween eight to 16.

For a num­ber of the stu­dents it was their first time per­form­ing in pub­lic and many bat­tled their nerves as they took to the stage to sing their favourite hits.

Singing teacher Melissa Saun­ders said the event was a suc­cess and at­tracted more than 60 peo­ple.

“Un­cov­ered events not only give emerg­ing artists ex­po­sure in the lo­cal com­mu­nity but also help them to grow into pro­fes­sion­als by gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence un­der high qual­ity sound and light­ing with an au­di­ence ex­pec­ta­tion,” she said.

“All the stu­dents ex­celled and to­gether they de­liv­ered a very pro­fes­sional level of per­for­mance.”

Among the per­form­ers on the night was 14-year-old Tay­lor Steven­son who was re­cently select- ed to per­form in the sec­ond stage of au­di­tions for the prime time tele­vi­sion show X-Fac­tor.

She is now wait­ing un­til March 2014 to see if she will be se­lected to per­form in Syd­ney at the tele­vised au­di­tions.

Mrs Saun­ders is look­ing for­ward to launch­ing an artist deve- lop­ment pro­gram to sup­port lo­cal youth next year.

This was the fi­nal live mu­sic event for the year at the Naked Croc­o­dile Cafe, which is open from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from 9am-4pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.thenaked­crocodile­live.com.

RIS­ING STAR: Madi Brand sang a beau­ti­ful ver­sion of Big Jet Plane by An­gus and Ju­lia Stone while per­form­ing at the Naked Croc­o­dile Cafe's Un­cov­ered event on Fri­day night.

FRESH VOICE: The au­di­ence was in awe of Natasha Gibbs when she sang with pian­ist Paul Saun­ders in ac­com­pa­ni­ment at the Naked Croc­o­dile Cafe on Fri­day night.

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