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15 May, 2021

Song of the year

Local 18-year-old singer-songwriter Amber Farnan has the doors of the music industry open to her after her song ‘Over and Out’ won the ‘Schools Song of the Year’ at the Queensland Music Awards.

Amber said it was “surreal” and “amazing” to hear her name called from among the finalists at the awards ceremony, a glitzy event attended by 700 of the state’s best musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers at Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane on Wednesday 5 May.

The Redlynch State College graduate wrote the dreamy ballad during lockdown while she was completing year 12 last year.

“It’s about the vulnerability felt after breakup, finding ourselves and recognising our strength and liberation during a tough period of time,” she said.

“I wanted to write an empowerment song, kind of like an anthem, because there are not many empowerment breakup songs, and I wanted to make it relatable for everyone.

The talented teen began teaching herself guitar and singing at the age of just 13, forming her band ‘Legends of Perhaps’ with her sister Holly on Keyboard, brother Jake on keyboard, and friends on bass and cello.

She said she grew up listening to her parents’ Crowded House albums and her biggest influence was Missy Higgins, noticeable in her acoustic songs with flavours of indie, folk and pop.

She plans to study a Bachelor of Music at Central Queensland University in Cairns next year, and is currently taking a gap year to focus on gigs, recording, and producing a video clip.

Amber and her band ‘Legends of Perhaps’ will perform at Palm Creek Folk Festival on June 10-13 and at AJ Hackett’s ‘Live and Local’ on July 3.

Amber’s song ‘Over and Out’ is available on streaming platforms such as Spotify.

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