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Musician gets a helping hand

BIG DREAMS: Former Unity College student Jessie Ryan-Allen is the recipient of The Events Centre 2012 Scholarship for the Performing Arts. Photo Contributed
BIG DREAMS: Former Unity College student Jessie Ryan-Allen is the recipient of The Events Centre 2012 Scholarship for the Performing Arts. Photo Contributed Contributed

WHAT do you get when you mix Missy Higgins with Nirvana?

The sounds of Jessie Ryan-Allen.

The unique sound of the 18-year-old Mount Mellum resident has her on the way to music industry success.

She is in her second year of a Bachelor of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, with talents in the guitar, clarinet and singing.

Jessie's music dreams were given a boost last week when she was named the 2012 recipient of The Events Centre Scholarship for the Performing Arts.

She was awarded for her dedication to music with a $2500 cheque.

"When I found out I was the winner I think I jumped around the house for about 10 minutes,'' Jessie said.

"When I applied I never thought I'd win, so it's been pretty awesome.

"I started in music when I was nine when I played the clarinet, I sang in the school choir when I was 10 and started learning guitar when I was 11.

"Music was the go-to thing for me, I started writing music when I was 10, I guess it was my way of dealing with situations and feelings I didn't really understand at the time."

Jessie had a strong presence on the Coast music scene throughout high school as a member of the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra.

Jessie will use the scholarship to buy a steel string acoustic electric guitar and an amplifier.

"It is really terrific The Events Centre is supporting young performing arts students on the Sunshine Coast," she said.

"It leads the way to fostering the arts and showing kids coming up in music that you can go to uni and still be supported by the town you are from."

The Events Centre Scholarship for the Performing Arts is in its fifth year.

Topics:  events centre caloundra, mount mellum, musician, scholarship


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