2014 Program Song

Creating the Song

song-writing-2014In 2014, five students from around Australia were selected to work with mentor, Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire), and Program Ambassador, John Foreman. They spent an exciting day working together at Music Australia’s offices in the Erskineville Town Hall in Sydney, combing the ideas, melodies and lyrics of their submissions to create a wonderful upbeat tune that uses beautiful imagery and celebrates music. Those students were:

  • Emily Claxton – Eden Marine High School – Eden, NSW
  • Angus Gill – St Columba Anglican School – Port Macquarie, NSW
  • Kaelyn Girao – The Friends’ School – Hobart, TAS
  • Winona Kennedy – Immanuel College – Adelaide, SA
  • Nathan Wendt – John Paul College – Coffs Harbour, NSW


Song Recording

song-recording-2014Paint You A Song was recorded at Studios 301 in Sydney with students from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts performing on the track. The students were mentored by Program Ambassador John Foreman, along with Ed Rodrigues (Drums), Hannah James (Bass), Rex Goh (Acoustic Guitar), Crystal Barreca (uke), Heather Prowse (Trumpet) and Harrison Harding (Sax). Students performing on the recording are:

  • Grace Barr and James Malone (vocals)
  • Lewis Mosely (Ukelele and Piano)
  • Adam Kelly (Acoustic Guitar)
  • Matthew Druery (Bass)
  • Alastair Hayes (Percussion)
  • Miles Bennett (Trumpet)
  • Sam Weller (Saxophone)

Watch the 2014 Songwriting Workshop and Recording session

For many students, especially those living in rural areas, having the opportunity to attend a musical institution or receive music lessons is practically impossible due to the cost of lessons, the availability of a teacher, the high cost of transport. I used to travel a 100km round trip once a week for a half hour guitar lesson and found this an exhausting experience. That is why programs such as Music: Count Us In are extremely important for the development of musical abilities in all children and the encouragement of participation for all in Music. – Emily Claxton, Music: Count Us In Songwriter 2014


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