Sweet-sounding Sari plugs in to music network
Love has been in the air for Noosa’s Sari Abbott since she first opened her heart to let music in when she was just 10.
Her passion to follow her musical dream has already led her to a main stage debut appearance at the Gympie Music Muster last year.
Now the talented 17-year-old has been awarded a Creative Arts Alliance’s Plug In Online music mentorship which promises to open a lot of musical doors.
“I think it’s really awesome, you get to meet so many people that you usually wouldn’t meet,” Sari said.
“It’s really hard to meet people who are publishers, people from festivals … you actually get to talk face-to-face with those people.”
Sari used to just sing and then her dad bought her a guitar and she fell in love with the sound.
“What I love about music is you can express your ideas through telling everyone your story,” she said.
“I think I describe my music as kind of mid country pop and a little bit beachy … it doesn’t really have a genre, I play a bit of everything.”
Sari, who was inspired by the John Butler Trio, has been giving her shot as a rising singer songwriter every chance by entering competitions like the Voice Kids Auditions.
She has a collection of original songs to her credit and channels the joy of making people smile with her performances.
Already she has played at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest 2019 in the Byron music tent and guest performed at this year’s Tamworth’ s Country Music Festival finishing runner-up in the Tamworth Songwriters Association’s talent search.
“I get really nervous, but as soon as I pick up my guitar and stand in front of the microphone I’m like ‘it’s alright, it’s just a gig, you do it all the time, there’s just a few extra people’,” she said.
Sari has recorded her own music and is one of three lead singers in her school band Soul Collective.
She is also looking forward to doing a live gig on September 12 at the High Tide Bar & Grill in Mudjimba to feel the audience vibe once again.
Another selected Noosa artist for a mentorship is 14-year-old Cora Ledwith.
Creative Arts Alliance manager Katie Edmiston said the program supported the next generation of performers with weekly one-on-one mentor sessions from local musicians and music industry professionals, as well as a personalised career action plan.
“We have pulled together a stellar line up of mentors from blues, rock, pop, country and hip hop who will be guiding the participants throughout the program,” she said.
“I am grateful for the funding support of our project partner Noosa Council, which has enabled us to engage both these young artists and employ a number of leading music mentors from the Noosa region who are guiding our project participants from across the region.”
The Plug in Online mentorships build on the success of the Plug In Music Week, with 15 music acts aged up to 25 years taking part through to September 25.