2017 Program Song

Music Mentor

The Music: Count Us In Program Mentor for 2017 is Taylor Henderson. Find out more about Taylor.


Creating the Song

Five students from around Australia have been selected to work with Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM and  our 2017 Program Mentor, Taylor Henderson. Meet our 2017 Student Songwriters:


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!”


Recording the Song

Students from all over Sydney will work together in recording of the 2017 Program Song, later this year. These students will work with Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM, the 2017 Program Mentor and a gang of wonderful session musicians.

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