By Brendan Rees
A rising country singer-songwriter from Narre Warren South has high hopes her invitation to Country Music Association’s Academy next year will open more doors for her music career.
Elisha Francesca is one of 28 musicians accepted into the senior Academy which begins in Tamworth on 4 January.
“I only applied for it a couple of days before the cut-off date,” the 27-year-old said.
“When I got the phone call it was pretty amazing, very exciting.”
Elisha has been singing for over a decade across several genres of music and is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist.
“I’ve been doing music for many years and only a year and a half a ago I really came to realise that country music is what I want to do,” she explained.
After spending time in Nashville and Memphis, Elisha has fallen in love with country music which has seen her begin to write and sing her own country songs.
“I try and find any opportunity to be here in Australia … that’s when the academy popped up,” she said.
“I’ve never been to Tamworth before so everything will be new to me which makes it even more exciting.”
Students from as far away as India will gather at the Academy for the two-week intensive course.
They will learn about all aspects of the music business, musical performance, song writing, promotion, and recording, among other aspects of making a career in music, all from top industry insiders.
“The Academy is a premier educational opportunity for those wanting a career in the music industry,” The Academy director Lyn Bowtell said.
“Combined with the excellent reputation of the course, we have welcomed more applications than ever, making student selection even more competitive.”