The former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) College Arts captain has plenty of experience in the spotlight. Upon completion of Year 12 in 2023 she was awarded a merit for Creative Arts, rounding off what was an exceptional year of hard work and success.
The secret? Practice. “Lots and lots of practice,” she told The Southern Cross. “To be honest, I’m quite a perfectionist.”
Amelia (pictured), who is now 18, has been a songbird since the age of three and she is also a self-taught guitarist and pianist.
“Singing runs in the family, on my mum’s side,” she said. “I perform songs at home in front of my parents before every big event.”
Amelia’s final year focussed on arts subjects including Drama, Music, Creative Arts and Essential English.
“Being Arts Captain was really fun because I was able to promote the arts in a more positive light,” she said.
“People sometimes look down on the arts in favour of more ‘academic’ options, but I was eager to show that you still can be successful in high school when you’re doing these subjects.”
Amelia balanced a busy performance calendar with Year 12 studies and dedicated many hours to school initiatives and events such as Catholic Education Week and Vinnies Can Drive. It was challenging but the experience was worth it, especially participating in the Catholic Schools Music Festival held at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre, where she sang ‘On My Own’ from the musical Les Misérables.
“There was a big round of applause and tears from the audience,” she said. “It was nice to be up on that stage instead of sitting in the audience.”
Amelia is inspired by the songwriting skills of American singer-songwriter and actress Olivia Rodrigo and her musician cousins who are based in New South Wales.
“They are in a band called Little Quirks which tours and has music on Spotify,” she said. “They inspire me to one day get a recording contract and continue the cycle of music in our family.”
Plans to study the Bachelor of Creative Practice (Popular Music) at Adelaide University this year will help Amelia achieve her Indie Pop dreams. “I think I’ll apply for The Voice and Australian Idol too,” she said. Watch this space.