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