Taylor Henderson Joins MCUI 2017! Meet Taylor and our Student Songwriters!

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Clare Kenny
| March 28, 2017

Music: Count Us In is thrilled to announce Taylor Henderson as the Program Mentor for 2017. With more than 560,000 students participating from over 2,500 schools in 2016, Music: Count Us In is Australia’s biggest school initiative – and it just keeps getting bigger.

Taylor Henderson has achieved incredible success since first coming to the attention of the music industry and Australian public in late 2013. Within a year, he launched his career with a #1 single (‘Borrow My Heart’, certified double-platinum), a Top 5 single (‘When You Were Mine’, certified platinum), and two #1 ARIA albums (Taylor Henderson and Burnt Letters). Taylor is a genuine musician whose truth is at the heart of his music. Taylor begins his next chapter with the release of ‘Light Up The Dark’, the new single for the new Aussie comedy film ‘Spin Out’.  Listen to ‘Light Up The Dark’. With his new album almost finished, Taylor has announced an Australian tour for September/October during which he plans to preview his new material for his dedicated fans. On being the 2017 Music: Count Us In Mentor, Taylor says:

Songs are OUR stories and Australian songs define our unique culture. I am thrilled to be helping mentor a new generation create great music.


With more exciting news this week, Music: Count Us In is pleased to announce the names of the five students who will join Taylor in writing the 2017 Program Song. Our 2017 Finalists come from across the country and will attend a one day Songwriting Workshop in Melbourne on Thursday 6 April. Take a look at how the 2016 Songwriting Workshop and learn how the 2016 Program Song, ‘Let It Play’, was created. In addition to collaborating with Taylor, our student songwriters will receive expert guidance from Music: Count Us In Ambassador, award-winning producer and all-around good guy – John Foreman OAM. Meet our 2017 Finalists:


Makayla Forbes, 16 from NSWMakayla

Music has always been a part of Makayla’s life and has had the opportunity to perform in Australia and overseas, most notably at the Vienna Music Festival. Makayla is quite new to songwriting but she is inspired by Australia’s diversity and the importance of individuality.

“I write to inspire others to make a difference and to achieve their dreams. It is such an amazing privilege to be involved in MCUI 2017.”



Elliena Escott, 13 from QLDElliena

Elliena developed her passion for music during primary school. Since then she has surrounded herself with music as much as possible, playing with various instrumental groups around the Gold Coast for the last few years. Elliena has won awards for her songwriting in the past and is a regular busker around Surfer’s Paradise.

“I’m super excited to be in the Music: Count Us In Songwriting Team. As a musician and young composer, one of my goals has always been to write a song that makes the nation sing and this is my chance. ‘Dream it, then do it’.”


Sadie Mustoe, 13 from ViCSadie

Sadie has been writing her own songs since she was 6 years old and she has received great critical recognition for her efforts. She has released an album of her own compositions titled ‘Girl on the Hill’. Sadie’s music celebrates the people in her life.

“I feel privileged to promote music to a wider community, to express my love for music and to work with other artists in something bigger than I could have ever imagined.”


Marcus and Tiffany Yeo, 11 and 13 from QLDYeo siblings

Born into a family of musicians, siblings Tiffany and Marcus started collaborating and writing music about two years. Both enjoy playing violin and piano and are involved in music at school.

“We want to merge our music with our passion to inspire people and change this world, one song at a time. We hope our songs can touch the hearts of everybody who hears them. With music, the possibilities are endless!”


Things are really kicking off for Music: Count Us In 2017!

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