Noosa’s up-and-com­ing teenage mu­sic sen­sa­tion Sari Ab­bott speaks with Caitlin Zer­afa

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NOOSA’S Sari Ab­bott and her Cole Clark gui­tar are tak­ing the lo­cal mu­sic world by storm. The tal­ented 16-year-old made her Gympie Mu­sic Muster de­but at the coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Au­gust.

“It was the most amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sari said. “The stage was huge. I looked like a lit­tle ant up there on that stage.”

Com­pet­ing as a fi­nal­ist for the Gympie Muster Tal­ent Search 2019, Sari had the chance to per­form on stage and min­gle with Aussie coun­try mu­sic roy­alty.

“The high­light for me at the Muster was meet­ing Kasey Cham­bers,” Sari said.

“It was so awe­some to meet some­one with so much ex­pe­ri­ence in that genre.”

While she is not a coun­try mu­si­cian, Sari said she loved the at­mos­phere and lis­ten­ing to the pas­sion and sto­ries of county mu­sic.

“I love how coun­try songs tell a story,” she said. With her mu­sic style fall­ing into the “bluesy/pop” genre, Sari said some of her favourite artists are John But­ler, Kelsea Bal­lerini and Kacey Mus­graves.

“I’ve al­ways loved John But­ler and his gui­tar skills. He is amaz­ing and I would love to one day be able to play a song on the gui­tar as well as him.”

Sari re­called al­ways hav­ing a pas­sion for mu­sic, brought to life by the gift of a gui­tar.

“I’ve al­ways been in love with mu­sic. I used to just sing and then dad bought me a gui­tar. I fell in love with the sound,” she said.

Sari said per­form­ing with a gui­tar al­lows her to be cre­ative in her mu­si­cal process.

“You can re­ally make it your own,” she said. “When you per­form you can change it up or make it an acous­tic ver­sion.

“What I love about mu­sic is you can ex­press your ideas through telling ev­ery­one your story.”

She de­scribed her cur­rent Cole Clark gui­tar as her mu­si­cal com­pan­ion. “That gui­tar, she’s gone every­where with me,” she said.

The tal­ented young­ster is no stranger to per­form­ing as a reg­u­lar fi­nal­ist at Noosa’s Busk­ing Cham­pi­onships and gigs across the Sun­shine Coast. She is also one of the lead vo­cal­ists for St Teresa’s Catholic Col­lege’s award-win­ning Soul Col­lec­tive band. She also made it through three rounds of auditions for The Voice Aus­tralia in 2013.

Sari had the op­por­tu­nity to play at By­ron Bay’s Blues­fest 2019 in the By­ron Mu­sic Tent and recorded her orig­i­nal mu­sic with Jam­pot Stu­dios.

Look­ing to the fu­ture Sari is hop­ing to com­pete in Take the Mic singing com­pe­ti­tion in Bris­bane in Oc­to­ber and will at­tend sev­eral busk­ing events, fes­ti­vals and pri­vate

I’ve al­ways been in love with , mu­sic. I used to just sing and then dad bought me a gui­tar. I fell in love with the sound.

gigs. She also hopes to get back in the stu­dio to record mu­sic with sights also set on Tam­worth’s Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Jan­uary 2020.

“I’m hop­ing to at­tend the Aus­tralian Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic for an eight-day course learn­ing about the in­dus­try,” she said.

The CMAA Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic in Tam­worth hosts stu­dents in Jan­uary for an in­ten­sive ses­sion led by Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic pro­fes­sion­als and train­ers.

Lo­cals keens to fol­low Sari’s jour­ney can check out her In­sta­gram @sari­ab­bottmu­sic.

HUGE TAL­ENT: Noosa mu­si­cian Sari Ab­bott per­form­ing at the 2019 Noosa Busk­ing Cham­pi­onship.

Sari Ab­bott and her Cole Clark gui­tar travel the coun­try­side per­form­ing. BOT­TOM LEFT: Kim and Sari Ab­bot with Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic icon Kasey Cham­bers at the Gympie Mu­sic Muster.

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