Eleven young Coasties took to the stage for the 2020/21 Discovered grand final at The Hub Youth Entertainment Venue Erina on Friday 23 April for an outstanding showcase of local talent.
Now in its ninth year, Discovered is Central Coast Council’s professional development program and vocal competition for Central Coast singers and singer/songwriters aged 7 to 24 years.
19 year old Riley Lovell took out top honours on the evening to become the Central Coast’s 2020/21 Discovery in the Open Division, while 11 year old Charlotte McPhail was the winner of the Kids Division.
They performed before a live audience and judging panel consisting of award-winning producer Rod McCormack, country music singer/songwriter Gina Jeffreys, Australia’s Got Talent winner Fletcher Pilon, renowned vocal coach Linda Wareham and Central Coast Council Youth Development Officer Jennifer Dias.
Riley, who wowed the judges with a moving cover of ‘Blood’ by The Middle East, said being part of the Discovered journey has enabled him to develop his performance skills and learn more about the music industry.
“Discovered has been a great experience. It’s always good to receive feedback for my songs and performance and working with the judges has allowed me to focus on my performance to engage with the audience,” Riley said.
Kids Division winner Charlotte McPhail said the program has provided her with a platform to develop her performance skills.
“It’s been a great opportunity to perform in front of an audience and get feedback from experienced professionals,” Charlotte said.
Both Riley and Charlotte follow in the footsteps of other Discovered winners including ‘The Voice’ winner Karise Eden, Kelly Griffith – known as Elaskia - who is making waves in the Australian and international music scene and 2019 winner Niamh Watson, who treated the audience to a special live performance while judges deliberated results at this year’s event.
Council would also like to thank the event’s wonderful MC, 22 year old Central Coast local Angus Hamill. Angus’s impressive career highlights include presenting for Coast FM 96.3, emceeing alongside 7News Sports Presenter Jim Wilson at the ASPECT NSW Combined Schools Sports Carnival and speaking at numerous local schools about his experiences living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Discovered aims to support young talent on the Central Coast to explore a career in singing, develop their skills and confidence as well as connect with the music industry. Congratulations to all of the amazing finalists on their stellar performances. To see the full list of award recipients and to sign up for news about upcoming opportunities, visit the Discovered website.
Discovered is proudly sponsored by GJW Workshops, Musicians Making A Difference and Central Coast Council.