Singing her way into the studio
GRACE McDonald started playing guitar when she was seven, and just began singing along.
"I never really took it very seriously," Ms McDonald said.
"I play a lot of cricket and hockey so I've always put a lot of focus into my sport.
"And then recently I really discovered how much I love music and I love to sing play, and so now I'm taking it more seriously and I'll hopefully make a career out of it."
Ms McDonald is the recipient of a $500 scholarship that Life FM offered to help aspsiring musicians with their musical needs and career.
As part of the scholarship, Ms McDonald will step into the studio, but it is early days.
"There are a lot of things to think about," she said about planning the session.
"(Thinking about) what I want to record and things like that but I'm definitely really excited about it."
This isn't the singer's first time in the studio though, having studied her Certificate Two and Three at Grafton TAFE.
"They have an amazing studio there and I'm lucky enough to have been in there a few times and working with other people and have had a few of my things recorded," she said.
"I've done a little bit but it's still really exciting every time you get to step into the studio and do something."
So, what is the musicians sound?
"I suppose it kind of falls in the pop genre but I like to keep it somewhat simple and acoustic," she said.
"I also like to have it a little bit funky and a little bit fun to listen to."
Ms McDonald is one of two scholarship winners with Maddy Ellem taking out the other prize.
The scholarships were announced on Saturday as part of Live FM's Loving Life Day at Market Square, where the community gathered to hear live music, try new foods and guess the weight of the biggest rabbit on the Clarence River.