Singers hit the right note
ROSE City singers hit the right note at the Oakey Junior Country Music Festival last weekend, coming home with a swag of accolades.
Keely Hilton competed in country, rock, popular, gospel and duo, but it was her rendition of Willie Nelson's Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain that won her the traditional contest.
She'll now compete in Brisbane in September.
“I like older country,” she said.
“I'm not really into the modern stuff like Taylor Swift.”
She's currently preparing for her part in the Warwick State High School's production and is passionate about musical theatre.
Her mum Erin is a vocal coach, but Keely has singing lessons once a week at the coast with Venetta Fields.
“They sing for many different reasons,” Erin said.
“But mostly they do it for enjoyment.”
Meanwhile one of Erin's pupils, Emma Siebenhausen, who has been singing since year five, was first in the novice section and prefers a more modern feel to her music.
She came second and third in traditional and country rock sections respectively.
Both girls are just 13 years old and they competed against girls between the ages of 11 and 16.
Zoe Bowerman, Katie Dennis, Emma Bell and Tara Doyle were among other local girls who took part in the competition.