Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Piper, 14, feels right at home when she’s up on stage with her guitar.
A self-taught country musician, her talents are garnering praise across the industry. In 2017 Piper won the Frank Harding Award of Excellence at the SA Barmera Country Music Festival, and had her sights set on taking to the stage at Australia’s iconic country music event, the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
“I headed to Tamworth in January this year for the music festival, where I had 18 performances over 10 days of music. In April I travelled up to Byron Bay to compete in the Byron Bay Busking Competition. I made it into the final 3, which then opened up an opportunity to play at Bluesfest that next weekend.”
“Bluesfest was such a hoot and we are such proud parents,” said mum Michelle.
“Mum and Dad have been the biggest influence of hard work and they have helped me reach success so far in life. All the other musicians that I am connected with have always treated me with maturity and respect, no matter their age or mine, which has helped me to stay humble and thankful of where I am.”
When asked what keeps her motivated, Piper wisely noted that “every day is a new day, with new opportunities ahead”. Piper has consistently shown that she always wants to push on and showcase her love of music to the audience, and the audience have responded. “I’ve pursued my dreams of becoming a musician and it is now my serious career, even at my young age”.
In 2018 Piper received a Variety Heart Scholarship in The Arts for musical instrument and singing. The Scholarship was awarded to cover costs incurred for Training, Equipment and Accommodation.