12-year-old Hannah takes top spot in Lismore talent showcase
THERE'S little wonder Hannah Parrington took out the number one spot for Lismore's Fast Track Talent Showcase.
The 12-year-old singer-songwriter has a voice to rival the pros and the guitar skills to match.
The Possum Creek local started piano and singing lessons at the age of eight after being inspired by music idol Taylor Swift.
At 11 she picked up the guitar, adding to her impressive musical repertoire.
Hannah has since written more than a dozen original songs and describes her style as "folky-pop".
The student from St John's College Woodlawn said she hoped to make a career out of performing as a solo artist.
"I think it's going to be a challenge," she said. "But I think life is a challenge and you have to take it on."
She said the most important things for up-and-coming artists to remember was believing in yourself and staying grounded.
"I think the most important thing is they need to believe in themselves and not doubt themselves all the time because if you just keep doubting yourself, if you don't have any belief, then you just won't get anywhere," she said.
While the young singer-songwriter said she looked up to musicians such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, she hoped to form her own unique style of music.
"I think that it's important to be different because if everyone's the same it's a bit boring," she said.
Hannah said her Talent Showcase song, Scream and Shout, was about "being forgotten about" and "you want to scream and shout about it".
"There were lots of talented people there and I didn't think I would win it."
Hannah said she would put her prizemoney towards something musical.
Mum Maree Parrington said she was very proud of her daughter's achievements.
"I just can't believe she can just pick up music straight away and she remembers things so easily," she said.
"We don't know where she gets it from."