Friends, family, supporters and kind strangers! I’m calling on you to take a second (… well 10 seconds) to put your vote in for my video in the QUBE Effect competition! It’s an opportunity for emerging artists in Brisbane to film a video and have the public vote for their favourite. The prize includes a festival booking and $2000, which will help get the artist get to the next stage of their career. Have a watch below, and cast your vote here:

The process is SIMPLE AS! You just click “vote”, no forms to fill out or details to give. However if you want to go even further, please share the voting link around! It’s been so exciting to see it shared, not only by my amazing family and friends, but also by people I’ve never met before – including someone in Germany!

The clock/solar system in the video was designed and created by my sister, Ingrid Bartkowiak (Oh Crumbs Art). During the song she adds stars, moving around the clock in time with the music. This wasn’t really picked up in the video, but I promise it looked great in real life!

What I’d specifically like to put some of the prize money into, if it worked out that way, is vocal lessons with a really great jazz or contemporary teacher. I’ve had classical voice lessons, and I practise all the funny warmups and weird exercises every day (sorry family and neighbours). But it would be a good investment to get some proper contemporary technique, and to hone the songs that I’ll be recording soon.

That money would also really help with some other development activities I’m doing soon. I’m going back to America this year, to go to Miles of Music Camp, Sierra Scottish Fiddle Camp and Shasta Music Summit. Basically I’m going to spend several weeks surrounded by incredibly talented, inspirational folk musicians and songwriters, feeling really stupid, learning a tonne but growing from the whole rollercoaster. The People’s Choice prize would help a great deal with that financially.

This would be perfect timing as well. As the FAA Youth Artist of the Year, I’ve got mentoring for a year from an organisation that knows the industry backwards. If that’s coupled with financial support from this award, I can really hit the ground running.

So there you have it! I’ve got a plan. If you’d like to play a part in making it happen, that link up above is your friend! If you’ve already voted, a virtual hug and kiss to you! I’ve been really blown away by the grass-roots support so far, from both friends and strangers (I’m still pinching myself from that). Thank you for being here right at the start, helping me get a foot in the door. I am so grateful.

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