Genoa discovers prodigious talent
TWO weeks ago Genoa Morris thought she was a pretty average singer-songwriter, but a lot can change in a fortnight.
It turned out for Genoa that two weeks can be the amount of time it takes to discover a genuine prodigious talent and get picked up by producers and one of Australia's most talented vocal trainers.
The 15-year-old Chinchilla student has been making her own music for as long as she can remember, with very minimal training.
She's never had a guitar lesson and has never been given any voice training, but has a vocal range that can be boasted by only 5% of the female population and writes her own songs.
She was declared impossible by her piano teacher as having too much talent to be able to direct it in a normal fashion with normal teaching constraints.
Her older sister recognised her abilities, however, and sent a demo tape to a producer friend.
He heard the tape and in no time at all Genoa and mum Janine were on their way to Brisbane for a day in the music studio.
"The producer took her to meet a top Australian vocalist trainer taught by Seth Riggs, Michael Jackson's vocalist trainer for 30 years," Mrs Morris said.
"David Sowden and the producer were blown away when they found out her vocal range."
Soon after the meeting they received a frantic call from the producer to switch on the radio, where they heard her demo tape playing.
Genoa wrote the song after her aunty died and not only composed and sang, but also played guitar, performed back up vocals and even the backing music.
To hear Genoa play check out her soundcloud page.