Stephanie Ward-Wrigley is believed to be the youngest solo artist ever to be invited to play at the Muster in the festival’s 30-year history.
Stephanie Ward-Wrigley is believed to be the youngest solo artist ever to be invited to play at the Muster in the festival’s 30-year history. Renee Pilcher

Teen sings up a storm

IT was a rainy start to the Gympie Muster, but nothing could dampen Stephanie Ward-Wrigley’s spirits as she made her debut as a fully fledged Muster artist.

The stadium-sized Main Stage dwarfed the 13 year old, who is believed to be the youngest solo artist ever to be invited to play at the Muster in the festival’s 30-year history.

Stephanie, of Jones Hill, earned her spot when she won last year’s Under-13 female vocals category in the Queensland Champion of Champion talent quest.

She sang half a dozen of her best cover songs, accompanied by herself on guitar, to entertain a good-sized audience (for a Tuesday).

About 150 Muster-goers braved the rain to hear her incredible voice and were certainly not disappointed.

How did it feel?

“It was amazing. It was like; I was so nervous when I walked out but as soon as I started singing I was so excited,” Stephanie told The Gympie Times.

“I did get a little bit wet. When I came off the stage I was ecstatic – Mum was like, ‘what’s wrong with you?’”

Stephanie’s road to the Gympie Muster has been paved with successes.

In January she was awarded the Under-13 vocalist of the year in the Australian Capital Country Music Association’s National Talent Quest and in May was invited to sing the National Anthem at the Gympie Show.

Stephanie hopes to channel the buzz she’s feeling right now into a winning performance for her first heat of the Maton Talent Search on Friday.

Support Stephanie in the Talent Search tent on Friday when she takes to the stage some time between 5 and 7pm to compete in the 12- to 17-year category.

Gympie Times


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