Building young singers to shine in the tenth Discovered program
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Central Coast Council’s exciting Discovered program is back for its milestone tenth series, with young locals now invited to showcase their singing and song writing talents.
For over a decade, the Discovered vocal professional development program has been supporting Central Coast singers and singer/songwriters aged 7 to 24 years. This program includes an exciting contest, a professional development program and performance opportunities that allow young people to hone their singing and song writing skills.
Budding young singers to the competition will be supported and mentored by music industry icons including Gina Jeffreys and Rod McCormack.
Council Unit Manager Leisure Beach Safety and Community Facilities, Phil Cantillon said the journey of Discovered develops young voices, builds community and further grows the skills of young people.
“Discovered provides a platform for young people to explore a career in singing, develop their confidence and receive guidance from music industry professionals,” Mr Cantillon said.
“Last year many events were cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, so it will be great to see competitors performing back on stage this year and vocal workshops delivered in person once again.
“The competition component of this program allows participants to compete for their share of an impressive prize pool, plus recording studio time, a vocal scholarship and professional development opportunities.
“Beyond the competition series, the Discovered Voices Youth Choir lead by International Award-winning Music Director Linda Wareham, provides free weekly singing sessions allowing local young people to work on their vocals in a group environment and take part in performance opportunities.”
Council Administrator, Rik Hart said Discovered provides local young people with similar interests the chance to connect and form a sense of community.
“Discovered is a fantastic program that offers young local music talent the opportunity to connect and build on their singing and song writing skills,” Mr Hart said.
“This program has paved the way for some of the Coast’s most exciting young music artists, who have gone on to do great things in the music industry.
“I encourage all local young people with a passion for singing and song writing to get involved, in order to forge connections that could undoubtedly open many doors in the future.”
Discovered has supported and mentored some of the country’s most celebrated young musicians including ‘The Voice’ winner Karise Eden, ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ champion Fletcher Pilon and most recently Kelly Griffith (performing as ELASKIA).
Since winning the Discovered competition in 2014, Kelly Griffith has gone on to experience great successes in her song writing, with her debut single “Calling Out My Name” featuring in Netflix series Dynasty and Marvel's Runaways.
The Discovered competition also includes a WILDCARD online voting component, allowing those at home to join the Discovered journey and select two singers to perform in the semi-finals and a further two singers to perform in the grand final.
Registrations to compete in the upcoming Discovered competition heats are now open and close on Monday 13 June 2022.
Young people aged 7 to 14 years can also registered for the Discovered Voices Youth Choir, taking place at the Hub Erina from now until September 2022.