Singing & winning
By NICOLA PHILLIPS
GRAFTON'S Danielle Layton has sung her way into the history books.
In May this year Danielle won the prestigious Queensland Youth of the Year Award in the senior girls' singing category for the second year in a row.
It was such a rare feat that judges had to check if they were allowed to award Danielle the same honour two years in a row.
According to the judges, Danielle chose a difficult song and nailed it. Her performance was described as 'technically perfect and of an extremely high standard for her age group'.
The McAuley Catholic College graduate recently turned 18 and has been singing since she was 10.
She said her dream was to sing with the Brisbane Conservatorium and one day perform for the Opera of Australia.
"I would especially love to perform overseas," Danielle said.
Danielle's teacher, Shelli Hulcombe, said the QLD Youth of the Year Award was a competition where teachers showcased their best students.
Adele Nesbett, the head of vocal studies at the Brisbane Conservatorium, also told Danielle that she could be in the top one per cent of musicians who made it as a performer. Danielle said she chose opera because she loved performing.
"It is the style of music that best suits my voice," she said.
"Opera tells a story, I love the costumes and being able to get dressed up and perform in front of people."