Mini-music star receives top country accolades

TAYLA Alcock's parents have no idea where the 12-year-old's angel-like singing voice comes from.

Even though dad Trent reckons her mum Cassandra had a "good ear", his talents are so questionable that he has been banned from the shower.

"Tayla sang a little bit when she was younger," Mr Alcock said.

"But we didn't realise she had such a good voice until people we know associated with music suggested that she had a bit of talent."

Those talents were recently recognised when Tayla was presented with one of the state's highest awards in country music.

She competed against hundreds of other singers in her age division to claim the Juvenile Champions of Champions state award.

The award entitles Tayla to perform and compete in the national awards in Tamworth in January.

She also won a two-week scholarship to the Academy of Country Music.

"I was really happy and shocked to receive so many awards," Tayla said.

Tayla has been singing for three years and has received lessons from Taryn Ashton.

She is also a member of the Broxburn Music Club in Pittsworth.

But the Glenvale State School student's interest in music doesn't just lie with country.

She also cited Pink, Katy Perry and One Direction as some of her favourite performers.

As for the future of the mini-music star, Tayla is cleverly focusing on her immediate goals and looks forward to competing in future competitions as well as busking in Tamworth next year.


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