WINNER: Nanango country and folk singer Leila May Coombers won the Spirit of the South Burnett's song competition.
WINNER: Nanango country and folk singer Leila May Coombers won the Spirit of the South Burnett's song competition. Danielle Lowe

Writing love songs isn’t an easy feat for most

WRITING love songs isn't an easy feat for most.

But for Nanango singer/songwriter Leila May Coombers it comes easily.

And that is why it was no surprise to many when she won the Spirit of the South Burnett's song writing competition.

Coombers' song 'Unexpected Changes' is a compilation of stories, including her own, from the 2010/11 floods which devastated the region.

"I spoke with a lot of people and one common theme from them all was the unexpected changes they all found themselves in when the floods hit," she said.

"Some friends lost everything and had to start all over again.

"For me I had just given birth to my son and I was cut off from doctors which was scary for me."

Coombers said she thought she had a winning number when she cried during the writing of the song.

"It gave me goosebumps when I was recording it," she said.

"I came up with the lyrics when I was in the shower one day and I was remembering everything that happened during the floods.

"I'm an emotional writer and I think people can hear the truth behind my lyrics."

The modest singer said she was completely shocked to hear she had won the competition and was overwhelmed with support and congratulations from other singers in the region.

Having performed in pubs and clubs across the South Burnett for many years, Coombers said she was a tad nervous about performing her latest song on stage during the Spirit of the South Burnett Gala Black-tie event on February 15.

"I haven't been singing or performing for a few years," she said.

"So I'm a little bit nervous."  

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