The steelmaking town of Whyalla in South Australia has often been referred to as “where the outback meets the sea” and this unique scenery has been showcased in a brand new music video by emerging artist Shakira Lea.
The 20 year old songwriter was named a winner of the Whyalla Recording Scholarship in late 2018, and thanks to full sponsorship by award-winning studio Stormfront Productions Shakira Lea released her debut original single “I Miss You” in February this year.
The single is a heartfelt tale of love, loss and finding a way to heal, inspired by her aunt’s lived experience of losing a baby.
Now as part of her WRS prize Shakira Lea has released the official music video for “I Miss You” showcasing a stunning backdrop of saltbush and eucalypt trees.
SEE “I MISS YOU” here:
“Releasing original material has always been a dream of mine as a songwriter, and winning WRS has made that a reality. To be able to do it based in regional South Australia makes the radio airplay and media attention from across the globe all the more exciting. I was thrilled to hit the Top 20 of the iTunes Australian Country Music chart on the day of release”.
Country Music is the perfect vehicle for Shakira Lea’s songwriting style, with “I Miss You” sitting comfortably on playlists between Miranda Lambert and The McClymonts. In fact you can vote for Shakira Lea in “The Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards” at: www.peopleschoiceawards.com.au/voting.html
The Whyalla Recording Scholarship was launched by South Australian studio STORMFRONT PRODUCTIONS – Brand S.A. Hall Of Fame Inductee, and S.A. Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee – AND just announced today as a finalist in the 2019 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS. Stormfront’s Alison was also a TOP 3 Finalist in the “Humanitarian Award” at the AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARDS 2 weeks ago.
WRS provides the opportunity & resources for a young Regionally-based ORIGINAL musician aged 12 to 21 to audition for, then win an ALL EXPENSES PAID professional recording studio package. In 2019 THREE Eyre Peninsula songwriters have seen their musical dream come true as they’ve launched their debut singles thanks to WRS (and the 100% sponsorship of STORMFRONT PRODUCTIONS)!
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The 2019 Winners Are:
“I Miss You” hit NUMBER 18 on the Australian iTunes Country Music charts on the day of release and has reached Number One on a number of Radio Airplay Charts. “I Miss You” is dedicated to anyone who’s experienced loss and found a way to heal, and showcases her emotive vocals and sincere message. The Official Music Video for “I MISS YOU” launched on Sunday October 20th.
In an amazing achievement for South Australian music, 15 year old Jaylee’s “PAPA’S SONG” reached NUMBER 7 on both the iTunes Australian Country Music Chart and AMRAP RADIO CHART and is continuing to receive radio airplay across the country. “PAPA’S SONG” is a tribute to Jaylee’s beloved late grandfather Rusty as she follows in his footsteps with a passion for Country Music. The single blends Bluegrass and Country, and will have everyone singing around the campfire as soon as they hear it. Jaylee’s Debut Music Video is in production NOW!
LIBERTY TUOHY “TIME STAYS THE SAME” – www.libertytuohymusic.com
“Time Stays The Same” has been featured on radio and in the media worldwide – and reached Number Four on the Triple J Unearthed Charts. “Time Stays The Same” is available on CD & all digital platforms. We wish Liberty every success as her scholarship year has now completed, and she pursues her career in an acoustic duo on the Lower Eyre Peninsula.
A “who’s who” of musicians feature on the songs including Grammy Award Winner Andrew Synowiec, Jim Riley from platinum selling group Rascal Flatts and mastering in New York by Randy Merrill who has worked with Adele, Taylor Swift and on the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack.
Our inaugural winner was the phenomenal BREEZE Millard – www.breezemillard.com whose debut single “I HAVE MY OWN LIFE” really paved the way for our future WRS recipients.