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Country star’s two days in Deni

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Country music star Amber Lawrence will bring music industry experience to Deniliquin this week in the hope of inspiring young musicians.

And she will be backed by a band of Deni High students for her first performance.

The students were provided with the music for her new single ‘Outrageous’ from the Spark album and will work with Lawrence before performing with her at the Deniliquin Club for Muso Night on Friday.

‘‘I sent the song ‘Outrageous’ to the school because I thought it was really appropriate for high school students. It has a message of being where you want to be and doing what you want to do no matter how outrageous people think it is,’’ Lawrence told the Pastoral Times.

‘‘I am really looking forward to working with the students because I think they will enjoy it and enjoy learning about the music industry and the processes which artists experience.

‘‘When you hear music on the radio, there is a long journey behind it to create what you are hearing. So, I am hoping to outline and highlight my experiences with the creative process and maybe inspire or help these kids.’’

Lawrence, who grew up in Sydney, said she began offering workshops with students following an acknowledgment that those in regional towns have fewer opportunities than city schools.

‘‘I grew up in Sydney so I had these opportunities, but as my career developed I wanted to give those same experiences to communities who may not usually get them,’’ she said.

‘‘I have done about 500 shows in 10 years all over Australia, including one in Deniliquin a few years ago.

‘‘I spoke to the school again this year offering that same opportunity, allowing students to work with someone who is in the current music industry.’’

Lawrence not only has her sights set on the teenage and adult audience, but also the young children during her visit to Deniliquin. She will perform a free children’s concert on Saturday, hosted by South West Music.

Lawrence said she is the only country artist currently making children’s music, and will perform songs from her children’s album ‘The Kid’s Gone Country’.

‘‘I make children’s music for fun,’’ she said.

‘‘I had a lot of families coming to my shows from grandparents to children and I couldn’t understand why.

‘‘I realised it was because the kids could sense that the shows were full of energy which I think resonates with them.

‘‘The shows are full of fun and I love having kids come up to have a dance and sing along on stage with me.’’

The Muso Night performance will be hosted at the Deniliquin Club with doors opening at 6.30pm for show time at 7.45pm. Tickets for that performance can be purchased from https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=519161.

The free kids’ concert will be hosted at South West Music’s new regional conservatorium, in the former Commonwealth Bank building in Cressy St, Deniliquin from 2.30pm Saturday.