Sometimes I delete enough email to get to some older messages … and I’ll find a song I haven’t heard but really like, such as this one by fifteen-year-old Sophia Chesworth. In those fifteen years Sophia has graduated from the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music, then travelled to Gympie to perform at the Gympie Muster, where she won the Gympie Muster Junior Talent Search. Sophia has won several songwriting awards in 2016, including the ‘Youth’ Section of the ASA (Australian Songwriters Association) National Songwriting Contest, ‘Youth’ Section of the TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association) National Songwriting Contest, Open Lyrics of the Songsalive! Australia Song Comp and the Junior Songwriting Section of the CCMA (Capital Country Music Association). In other words: she’s no slouch, and the proof is in this song, which has the opening lines ‘I am just a small-town girl who wants to make it in this world’. Chesworth is making her way just fine.

Listen to ‘Shine On Me’ on Soundcloud or buy it on iTunes.

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