It's here! Our wonderful 2013 program song, Keep On, is now live on our website, with our classroom activity kit and special education kit available for download on our Teachers page.
Over the coming weeks, teachers will be able to download different arrangements of the song, view our MusicPods, see behind-the-scenes footage from our songwriting and recording, and register for professional development sessions in their home state.
It's all happening, people! Register now.
We're thrilled that Darren Percival is singing the lead vocals on the 2013 Music: Count Us In song, Keep On, which we will be releasing in just a few weeks!
Runner up on The Voice last year, Darren has been involved in the Australia music scene for years, performing as Mr Percival and collaborating with artists as diverse as Katie Noonan (this year's songwriting mentor!), James Morrison, Mahalia Barnes and more.
In 2004, Darren studied in New York City with Bobby McFerrin, focusing on vocal looping, after which he returned to Australia to pursue a solo career. Since 2003, Darren has released 3 solo albums as Mr Percival, his looping artist alter ego.
Darren speaks highly of his time at Chatswood High School, saying that his years studying music at school were "the foundation of my career. I didn't stop. Everyday learning how to perform and sing and play… it was a very inspiring time."
We're happy to welcome Darren to the Music: Count Us In family.
We are thrilled to announce that this year's songwriting mentor for Music: Count Us In is none other than the supremely talented Katie Noonan. Our lucky student songwriters will be working with her in Brisbane this week to create the 2013 Project Song!
Katie Noonan is one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4 x ARIA Award winning and 6 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indiepop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.
Her various releases include her folk trio’s self titled album ‘Elixir’, the No. 1 selling classical album ‘Two of a Kind’ with her mother Maggie, her gold-selling top ten solo album ‘Skin’ and the acclaimed ‘Songs of the Southern Skies.’
She has worked with the country’s top orchestras and jazz musicians, as well as a host of other artists, including Tim Finn, Don Walker, Sia Furler, Josh Pyke, Tom Shapcott, Gurrumul, Maori diva Whirimako Black, Sydney Symphony oboist Diana Doherty, young members of Brisbane's Voices of Birralee, Clare Bowditch and The Living End’s Chris Cheney. Always extending herself creatively,
Katie continued to explore new ground in 2012 by devising and composing a song cycle, which was the basis for collaboration with contemporary Circus group Circa. Together they melded this cycle into a remarkable physical theatre piece called Love-Song-Circus, which premiered to rave reviews at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Always looking forward to new creative opportunities, Katie Noonan’s tireless unpredictability is matched only by her limitless versatility.
Four talented students from around Australia have been chosen to participate in the Music: Count Us In songwriting workshop next week. Here they are!
Abbey Slattery is in year 9 at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Victoria. She attends Vocal Art Studios for singing lessons and Glee Club. As well as doing horse riding, yoga, netball and guitar lessons, Abbey has played piano since she was 8. She is a passionate song writer and is always carrying notes in her pockets with song ideas written on them. She says that music is the most important part of her life and is the way she expresses her emotions. Last year, her Glee Club performed at Disneyland and attended workshops with Disney and LA songwriters.
Aidan Rolfe is in year 12 at Kardinia International College in Geelong, where he is studying music. He is currently a vocalist and songwriter in the band Square One. He aspires to be a musician, and to write songs for different artists. Recently, Aidan has performed on the Main Stage at Minus18’s Same Sex Formal, to over 400 people. He has supported acts with Square One such as The Woohoo Revue and The Sweethearts, and performed at festivals such as Anglesea Music Festival, Aireys Open Mic and at the Queenscliff Music Festival, in the Freeza Battle of the Bands. Aidan enjoys writing diverse music, from funk, to indie, to ‘psychedelic – folk’.
Holly Winter has been learning piano for 7 years, taught herself ukulele recently and has being singing as long as she can remember. She had written a few songs here and there, but had never shown anyone her work until she entered Music: Count Us In. Holly is in the worship band at her school, as well as the band at her church. Aside from music, Holly also loves photography and film-making, English, Drama, Art, and even Science lessons at school. When she leaves school, she hopes to work in a creative field where she is free to express creative ideas and work with other creative people. Holly is in year 10 at Emmaus Christian College.
Blind virtually since birth, Ritchell Lim's heightened awareness of sound has helped her to create vibrant, exuberant and joyous music. Her passion for singing began at an early age where the already musically inclined Ritchell began singing in her local church. She performed her first concert at the age of eight playing piano and singing gospel songs which inspired her to start writing her own material. Now 17, Ritchell is working on completing high school and also enjoys being part of a community band in Perth, singing, playing piano and writing original material. She attends Canning Vale College.