Singer in spotlight delights gran
GOOSEBUMPS travelled down Yeppoon grandmother Robyn Lyon's spine as she watched her grandson perform on national television.
It was a moment of emotion, love and pride as she enjoyed Garret Lyon singing the national anthem as well as one of his own songs in front of a packed crowd at the NRL Indigenous All Stars game on the Gold Coast last Saturday night.
Garret, a Darumbal and Wuil-Wuli man, is a student at the Aboriginal College of Performing Arts in Brisbane.
It was his second time performing at the annual match and his grandmother could not be prouder.
"He's been singing and dancing since he was two, he knew all the words to every song," Robyn recalled.
"When I was watching him, they zoomed right in on his face and I nearly started crying."
Garret grew up in Rockhampton and attended Rockhampton High School.
"I was in last year's performance as well, but this time I got to perform my own rap that I'd written myself," the 20-year-old said.
"It was so nerve-racking the first time we walked out there but you hear the roar of the crowd and once you're out there it just goes away."
At school Garret was involved in many musical performances.
"I taught a hip hop class and was in a lot of productions with the school, it's something I've always wanted to do."
The dancer and singer is in his fourth year at ACPA and said he hoped to continue singing and dancing as his career.
"I'd love to one day do something with Busby Marou, I think they're great, but I hope to put out an album soon as well," he said.
- Garret went to school at Rockhampton High and was accepted into the Aboriginal College of Performing Arts.
- He is in his fourth and final year studying an advanced diploma in music.