Dolphin Award for teen Yamba muso

HE is only 16, but Yamba's rising star Shane Miranda has already tasted success at a glitzy award ceremony.

After writing more than 40 songs since he was 14, on Thursday night Shane took out the Youth Award at North Coast's top entertainment awards night, the Dolphin Awards.

A slightly star struck Shane rubbed shoulders with fellow North Coast musicians such as Pete Murray and Dallas Frasca before being recognised for his song, 'Simple Life'.

“Pete Murray was really cool, really chilled out,” he said.

“I didn't know I was going to win, I thought I might have a chance but you just don't know.”

'Simple Life' is one of three songs that been played on high rotation on local radio since Shane recorded them last year.

He recently recorded four more songs at Grafton TAFE studios, which he said would be released in the next few weeks.

As part of the prize, Shane will receive five days recording time at the SAE institute in Byron Bay.

It's not a bad effort for the Year 12 Maclean High School Student, considering most other performers his age are hard pressed to even get on the radio.

Acting Dolphin Award president Gary Pinkerton praised the diversity and quality of North Coast talent.

“Since 1991, the awards have showcased rising talent,” he said.

The 18th annual Dolphin Award ceremony was held at the Ballina RSL last Thursday night, with the who's who of the North Coast music scene turning out for the event.

Album of the Year went to Matt Hill for Warm Keep Warm while Byron Bay singer Candice Casagrande took out song of the year for Make it a good 1.

Candice also won Best Female Vocalist, while Lismore artist Roy Wilders was named Best Male Vocalist.

Shane will receive five days recording time at the SAE institute in Byron Bay



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