Young songwriters awarded
RHYS Newell wasn't at the Lismore City Bowling Club last week when his name was named the Male Young Songwriter of the Year.
The Lismore lad is on his second year of a marine biology degree and, at the moment, that is his main focus.
"I have been playing since I was very young. It's just a fun hobby that I've kept for a little while," he said.
"When I was growing up, my dad was the one that made me pick up the guitar".
Rhys has previous experience competing in the Young Songwriter of the Year.
"I entered last year and it was pretty fun," he said.
"In 2014 I got runner up in the Folk category (which he won this year).
"I thought I'd do it again this year and see how it goes."
The young songwriter won with his tune Undine.
Undine, also spelled Ondine, is a European mythological figure; a water nymph who becomes human when she falls in love with a man, but is doomed to die if he is unfaithful to her.
Rhys took the myth and loosely based his song around it.
"I just took the meaning of the word as water spirit," he said.
"The song really is about a few things, but one of them is about someone who falls in love with the ocean.
"It is also about how people can go through some rough times in their lives.
"A lot of people will be able to associate with that."
BANGALOW's Indigo Gebbett, 16, has been named female Young Songwriter of the Year 2015.
The competition was held at the Lismore City Bowling Club last week.
Indigo Gebbett, a Year 11 student at Byron High School, won her title with her song Mama.
Indigo was born in Amsterdam and raised in Australia, before moving to Thailand and England. She is now back in Australia.
She came back from the UK just in time to play for the Young Songwriters finals.
Indigo plays guitar and piano.
The teenager was very happy to receive the award for her song.
"I have been singing since I was quite young but I only started writing a couple of years ago," she said.
"I was pretty surprised (to win). There were pretty good people in there and great songs.
"I definitely would like to do music professionally.
"It would be fantastic, getting paid to travel and play. I love playing music."
Indigo said she wanted to finish high school and go to university to complete a degree in business.
"Some unis do dual courses so I can study business and music at the same time," she said.
For her win, Indigo received a stills and video package to record a film clip and a promotional shoot donated by David Andreas Photography.
The winners of each category were:
Pop: Deana and Julia - They are Year 12 students at Richmond River High School. They moved to Lismore with their family of eight people from New Zealand at the age of 10.
Folk: Rhys Newell - He grew up in Lismore and is currently studying at UQ in Brisbane.
Urban/Electronic: Jackson Reid - Musician from Lismore.
Punk/Metal: Rose Wadsworth and Selfish Act - Hailed from the Clarence Valley but now call Lismore home.
Indie/Rock: Luka Cinnamond, aka Lui - Musician from Nimbin. (pictured)
This year's judging panel was made up of:
- Teddy Rhodes, hip hop Artist from hip hop troupe TLK.
- Darren Bridge, musician , promoter and director of Sideshow Event Services.
- Frankie Kimpton, from artists agency Ventura.
- Anthony Lycenko, from Rocking Horse Studios.
- Sarah Jane Loxton, one of the organisers and long-time supporter of the event.