By Melissa Keogh
Singing into a hairbrush might be as far as most teens get with a professional singing career, but for Whyalla’s Breeze Millard a big break might only be a ballad away.
The 17-year-old has not only released a debut single while completing Year 12, but her film clip has led to a Whyalla production company becoming a finalist in the SA Music Awards.
The young singer-songwriter is local music company Stormfront Productions’ inaugural recipient of the Whyalla Recording Scholarship.
Over the past year Breeze has undertaken a music mentorship at Stormfront’s studio to write, record and release pop song, I Have My Own Life.
“Being in the studio was definitely a new experience for me and different to being in front of a live audience,” Breeze says.
“I Have My Own Life is about being within ourselves and not listening to others and knowing how we want to live our life.
“I want the song to be open to interpretation and relate to different people and their lives.”
The debut single led to Stormfront Productions becoming a finalist for Best Studio in the 2017 SA Music Awards.
I Have My Own Life featured guidance from Stormfront Productions’ singer-songwriters Mark Tempany and Alison Hams, as well as top musical talents from the US.
Multi Grammy-award winner Tom Coyne, who has worked on recordings with Adele, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, mastered the song before he passed away from illness in April, 2017.
“Working with Tom was absolutely amazing,” says Breeze.
“We recorded my vocals here and sent it out to artists who would then send music back.
“We had many great people from all around the world providing us with music.”
The song reached number eight on the Australian Radio Airplay Project chart – a listing of popular tracks ordered for airplay on community radio, while it also reached number five on the Indie Radio Alliance Chart in the UK.
Earlier this year Breeze performed to hundreds of people at the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.
Her next gig is scheduled for December 10 at the Whyalla Carols in the Park.
The Edward John Eyre High School student intends to pursue a career in journalism.
“I’m definitely going to pursue music along with my university course,” she says.
Stormfront Productions’ Alison Hams says the Whyalla Recording Scholarship allows performers to gain a professional insight and guidance into the world of showbiz.
“This gives Breeze the best possible chance to go out into the world with her music,” she added.
View the I Have My Own Life film clip here.
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