The Song

song-creation-2014Songwriting search

In 2014, five students from around Australia were selected to work with mentor, Harry James Angus, and Program Ambassador, John Foreman. They spent an exciting day working together at MCA's offices in the Erskineville Town Hall in Sydney, combing the ideas, melodies and lyrics of their submissions to create a wonderful upbeat tune that uses beautiful imagery and celebrates music. Those students were:

  • Emily Claxton – Eden Marine High School - Eden, NSW
  • Angus Gill - St Columba Anglican School - Port Macquarie, NSW
  • Kaelyn Girao - The Friends' School - Hobart, TAS
  • Winona Kennedy - Immanuel College – Adelaide, SA
  • Nathan Wendt - John Paul College - Coffs Harbour, NSW

You can watch the students write the song and see interviews with mentor and ambassador on our YouTube channel.

Congratulations also to the following students. Judges awarded them high commendations for their excellent submissions in the songwriting search:

  • Jot Kaur, NSW
  • Brianna Hawkins-Cain, NSW
  • Tabatha Goodier, SA
  • Ashlea Ephraums, VIC
  • Tylah Rose Winyard, QLD
  • Isabelle Cameron, NSW
  • Norah Wells, NSW
  • Jayda D'Agostino, WA
  • Asha Osbaldiston, WA
  • Lili Osbaldiston, WA

Song recording

Paint You A Song was recorded at Studios 301 in Sydney with students from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts performing on the track. The students were mentored by Program Ambassador John Foreman, along with Ed Rodrigues (Drums), Hannah James (Bass), Rex Goh (Acoustic Guitar),  Crystal Barreca (uke), Heather Prowse (Trumpet) and Harrison Harding (Sax). Students performing on the recording are:

  • Grace Barr and James Malone (vocals)
  • Lewis Mosely (Ukelele and Piano)
  • Adam Kelly (Acoustic Guitar)
  • Matthew Druery (Bass)
  • Alastair Hayes (Percussion)
  • Miles Bennett (Trumpet)
  • Sam Weller (Saxophone)

To download the program song and resources, register your school, and log in to our For Teachers page.

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