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Rockhampton region performer shined bright last year

Yeppoon singer Emily Brown, 16, in her ‘lucky dress’ has released a single, Skyscraper, that is quickly climbing up the iTunes charts.
Yeppoon singer Emily Brown, 16, in her ‘lucky dress’ has released a single, Skyscraper, that is quickly climbing up the iTunes charts. Allan Reinikka

WITH an iTunes top 50 song, a role in the musical Hairspray and completing her senior year, 2012 was a huge year for 17-year-old Emily Brown.

But that was just the beginning for the former Heights College student, who is now looking forward to an even bigger 2013.

The Yeppoon local first came to attention when she hit the iTunes charts with a cover she and her friend Bryce Morrice recorded of Demi Lovato's Skyscraper in May last year and things have just taken off from there.

However, while she managed to find the time to release a few songs with Bryce, music has had to take a back seat while she concentrated on her studies for her final year of school.

"Last year was really full on for me, especially the last few months of school, but now that I'm a bit more freed up, I can really concentrate on the things I want to do," Emily said.

That could pose its own problems for Emily, however, as the motivated singer and performer has one big to do list for 2013.

"I had been really stressing for the last few weeks that I need to decide what I was going to do right now and start making plans," she said.

"But I decided I will just take everything as it comes. I've got a lot of options and offers so this year will basically be seeing where that takes me."

One project that has excited Emily the most is her leading role in the upcoming local production of Chicago.

"Musical theatre is definitely something I want to pursue in the future. I love singing and I love acting and being able to get myself into that character, so it appeals to me in a lot ways," she said.

Emily Brown is starring as Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray Photo Contributed
Emily Brown is starring as Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray Photo Contributed Contributed

As well as this role and other potential roles, Emily will be looking to record more music (a new single is set for release in the coming months) and auditioning for a place in some of the country's leading performing arts schools.

"I feel very lucky to have all these opportunities and it's not something I take for granted. I don't get to say it enough, but I'm very thankful for every-one in the community who has supported me and given me these amazing chances."

Topics:  emily brown hairspray heights college itunes music musical yeppoon



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