Way to the top

November 10, 2017

Charlotte ‘‘Eliott’’ Gemmill filmed her debut music video at her hometown Cobram. Her decision to keep it ‘honest and real’ has paid dividends, with the video making the top 100.

A Cobram singer-songwriter has soared into the top 100 ARIA charts with her debut single Figure It Out.

Charlotte ‘‘Eliott’’ Gemmill filmed the music video in her hometown and it features her family’s backyard and some of her oldest, closest friends.

The song was released on October 27 and reached No.82 on the ARIA music charts and No.5 on iTunes ‘‘best of the week’’ singles, a rare feat for a debut single.

Gemmill said her song was about the pain of leaving home, growing up and starting a new life.

The themes were inspired by her own experiences of moving to Sydney and starting her new life as a musician in a strange new environment.

‘‘I think the song is so honest and real. It only makes sense to go back to Cobram and keep it genuine,’’ she said.

‘‘It was such a special few days filming, because I got to do it with all of my best mates.

‘‘There was no acting, it was honest and real.’’

Gemmill said she had come a long way since she first began singing at age four.

Gemmill started singing and taking piano lessons at age nine and had her first gig in Cobram at 13.

She started performing at weddings in Echuca before branching out to Shepparton and the surrounding areas.

Her big break came when she was discovered on SoundCloud by Universal Music Australia, which spotted her potential.

Gemmill said most of Cobram had been cheering her on, but her biggest fans were her parents who had been driving her to gigs since she was 14.

‘‘They like to call themselves my roadies,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve received so much support and this has been a very humbling experience.’’

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