Methodist Ladies’ College songwriter goes for WAM award trifecta


Methodist Ladies’ College student Charlotte Viney. Picture: Andrew Ritchie                             www.communitypix.com.au   d468663
Methodist Ladies’ College student Charlotte Viney. Picture: Andrew Ritchie                             www.communitypix.com.au d468663

CHARLOTTE Viney (17) started writing songs a few years ago to beat boredom.

That boredom has led to the Methodist Ladies’ College student winning back-to-back WA Music Song of the Year competitions for her age group in 2015 and 16.

This year, Charlotte said she was hoping for the trifecta.

“I’ve always been into music, but only really been into song writing since Year 9,” she said.

“When I entered in 2015 I wasn’t expecting to win; it is a pretty tough competition.

“Then last year I was up against a popular band called Figurehead, so I thought I had no chance.

“It would be nice to win again.”

The Year 12 student, whose grandmother was a singer and piano teacher, has produced three songs professionally.

This year’s entry in the 15-17 years category is titled Young and Reckless.

“I’m more into the modern style of music – like popular genre,” she said.

“The song is connected to the ocean; it has wind sounds in the background and simulates waves.”

While she said she did not really have any musical idols, Charlotte named British pop sensation Ed Sheeran as her biggest inspiration.

“I really love Ed Sheeran’s music, it’s like storytelling,” she said.

“I love the way he plays his guitar and the way he brings his songs together; it’s just so genuine.”

There are five finalists in all 16 categories.

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