THE Daily Examiner has welcomed The McClymonts' initiative to give young musicians the chance to share the stage with them on Friday. Photographer (and long-time musician) Adam Hourigan has been busy photographing and video recording all six acts in recent days as a show of our support.
SKYE Joscelyne, 16, and Bree Edwards, 17, will represent Clarence Valley Anglican School at Friday night's McClymonts show.
Skye said she had been singing before she could make proper words and took up guitar about a year-and-a-half ago.
Skye said her short-term ambition was to make her own album and promote her song Fallen Heart, which was being played on FM104.7 and was registered with Triple J Unearthed.
Bree can play flute and piano and also has plans to release an album of her own music.
She has also managed to secure some airplay from a Woolgoolga radio station and said the opportunity to play before the McClymonts was "massive".
When The Examiner recorded the girls singing Maroon Five's "She Will Be Loved" last week it was undecided which songs they would sing on Friday but Skye was toying with the idea of playing Demi Levato's "Skyscraper."
MACLEAN High School students Tom Bowie, 17, Grace Hickey, 15, David Cashman, 16, and Darrell Williams, 17 are a group of aspiring musicians who will perform at The McClymonts show on Friday.
In front of a sell-out crowd they will perform two original songs, one written by Grace and another by Tom.
All the students are dedicated music lovers.
"I have been singing for as long as I can remember. Friday is going to be pretty amazing," said Grace.
Tom is the second songwriter of the group and a talented lead guitarist.
"I can't wait to perform in front of the crowd," he said.
Bass guitarist Darrell and drummer David agree Friday night's show is going to involve plenty of fun.
Darrell started playing piano in kindergarten before choosing to play bass guitar.
David started playing the drums four years ago.
All the students are looking forward to performing.
McAuley Catholic College
PERFORMING a cover of the James Vincent McMorrow song "We Don't Eat" on Friday night will be McAuley Catholic College students Kealy Day and Noah Hodgson, both 16.
The boys have been singing and playing guitar for three years and are looking forward to gaining experience from the live performance this week.
Kealy said he likes watching people's reactions when he plays live.
"I like the way they stop and stare at me," he said.
"I've always had an interest in music."
Like Kealy, Noah is looking forward to gaining experience and exposure as a performer.
Describing music as one of his hobbies, Noah said he hoped the duo's performance would prove popular with the crowd.
"It will be pretty exciting. It will definitely be a good ex- perience," he said.
Another student from McAuley Catholic College, Megan Essex, will also perform at the Grafton Racecourse on Friday.
South Grafton High
THE Cockbain sisters Melanie, 13, and Melissa, 18, have been playing guitar and singing together for more than seven years.
They will perform two songs - "Closer to Fine" by Indigo Girls and an original "Waiting in Line" as a warm-up to The McClymonts show on Friday.
Melanie is in Year 8 at South Grafton High School and Melissa is studying externally through Southern Cross University, having finished Year 12 at South High last year.
The duo won the Grafton's Got Talent quest last year and with a set comprising 160 minutes of music, the pair have already begun their professional career with a number of paid gigs under their belts.
They have written "three-and-a-half" originals and hope to record the material in the near future.
Melissa said she and her sister first met the McClymont sisters when their mum Toni used to cut their hair at her home salon.
"They were always so rowdy ... always lots of fun."
YEAR 10 Grafton High School students Aubrey Moore and Ryan Watsford, both 15, will team up for Friday's show with Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" plus one other song.
Aubrey, who has been singing and playing piano since the age of six, said she hoped to be a full-time musician in the future and would also like to teach music.
She will play guitar for Friday's show.
Ryan, who will support Aubrey with guitar, said he wanted to be a music teacher.
"I've been waiting for an opportunity like this," said Aubrey.
"I jumped when Mrs Worrell told me"
"I used to listen to The McClymonts with my nan."
AS THE sole representative from St Andrews Christian School, Year 12 student Paige Kirke admits she is excited and nervous about performing at Friday night's McClymonts show.
The 18-year-old has loved singing since she was a little girl and loves to share her special gift, her voice, with other people.
She describes the opportunity to play at a McClymonts concert as an "awesome privilege".
She will perform two cover songs on stage, "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 and "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.
"It will be a new opportunity to gain experience as a singer," she said.
Paige is a fan of The McClymonts and lists "Wrapped Up Good" as her favourite song.
When she leaves school, Paige hopes to gain further ex- perience as a singer.
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