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Lockdown learning leads to Nikisha’s debut single

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While her fellow students undertook lessons at home, Morisset High School’s Nikisha Priest also spent her lockdown putting the finishing touches on her first single.

Now, the 15-year-old singer/songwriter is proud to release Where We Were.

The Year 10 pupil worked with some leading music industry producers and session musicians to record her debut, which she hopes will resonate with everyone who’s been impacted by COVID-19. 

“I think this song is really relatable – we can all connect with it in some way,” Nikisha said.

“When I was writing it, I was thinking about how we are missing the things that we know, the places and the people that we love.

“Everyone wants to go back to the way we were before COVID-19, and we are feeling a little lost and uncertain about the future. 

“Music is a great way to work through feelings.

“So, I hope my single helps people feel a sense of connection that even though we can’t all be together, we are all really looking forward to being together again soon.”

Nikisha wrote and co-produced her single, learning about the craft of recording and production, working with some well-known names in Australian music.

She recorded Where We Were under the mentorship of producer Simon Johnson and with the support of session musicians, former Dragon drummer Pete Drummond, and country artist Liam Kennedy-Clark on keys. 

“Even the recording was impacted by COVID-19, with Pete recording the drums over Zoom and the other musicians not being able to come to the studio because of lockdowns in the different states,” Nikisha said.

“So, we had to find other ways to work together.

“It was not the usual experience, but it was a really great example of the wonderful things that can be done even when we can’t be together.

“I have made some incredible connections and am so excited that I’m working on some new material and hope to get back into the studio to record again soon.”

As part of the Big Picture program, students choose what they will learn about based on their own passions and interests while meeting the mandatory curriculum requirements.

They enhance it by gaining hands-on experience, under the mentorship of professionals and leaders in their field. 

“I have had such an incredible learning experience, which has really helped me to develop as a songwriter and musician,” Nikisha said.

“I can’t believe this opportunity all came from me doing my work experience with Simon at the Hillbilly Hut as part of my Big Picture project.

“I have gone from helping to set up for other people’s recordings to recording and releasing my first single.

“It’s a dream come true.”

You can find Nikisha’s latest offering on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/artist/4NJlJaGzwpOtMwELCKz76X

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