AS TOURISTS and locals walk along the Airlie Beach foreshore at the markets, on Saturday morning, a melodic, soft voice can be heard in the breeze.
A young lady stands with a guitar, in front of a microphone, singing with a beautiful voice during the markets.
Her name is Lucy Rose Sherrington, a local 15-year-old student in Year 10, at Proserpine State High School.
Lucy Rose always loved music from a young age and had a passion for singing.
She grew up listening to her mum Lisa Sherrington playing piano and listening to singers such as Amy Winehouse and local musician Erin Reus.
“Amy Winehouse is my biggest inspiration and I play a few of her songs at gigs…Erin Reus is my main inspiration,” Lucy Rose said.
“She is another local artist who is and does exactly what I want to do. She is incredibly talented and she has taught me so much.”
Lucy’s passion for music grew strong over the years and motivated her to learn guitar by herself, so the guitar could become her singing partner.
“I am a self-taught musician, mainly learning guitar through YouTube during quarantine to keep myself entertained. I had always wanted to learn guitar,” she said.
But recently, Lucy Rose also started to play in other venues and do gigs around Airlie beach.
“Playing at the markets is an awesome experience. Everyone is so lovely,” she said.
“I also love playing at venues and I plan on doing more gigs in the future and getting a name for myself.”
She would like to meet others to learn more techniques, as her journey as a musician continues, and she also encourages others who would like to become musicians to, one day, try to play at the markets.
“I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to start playing in public, to get their courage up.
“Don’t compare yourself to other artists….every musician has their own style and that’s what will make you stand out.”