Singing sensation streams ahead

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Sofia Watt, 15, and Noah Gibson, 15.
Camera IconSofia Watt, 15, and Noah Gibson, 15. Credit: Sofia Watt and Noah Gibson., supplied

Sensational 15-year-old Busselton vocalist Sofia Watt had a brush with fame last week when her new single was played on Triple J Unearthed.

The Year 10 student’s single Time Apart was uploaded on a whim to the radio station on August 23 and within three days was played for the country to hear.

Watt said she was very excited and surprised the station chose to play her song.

“I didn’t really tell anyone that I uploaded it, and then all of a sudden a couple days later, I got an email from the radio station saying that it would be played on their Tops show,” Watt said.

“I was surprised and it was very surreal; I came back home from school and was like ‘Mum, they know my name’.”

Watt said she wrote the song, now streamed more than 500 times, after a long day at school.

“I had all these things I needed to talk about, but I couldn’t, so I just wrote it down and it turned into something cool,” she said.

“The song is about taking a break from friendships, relationships and realising you need someone better as well as realising your worth.”

The indie-pop single came to fruition after Watt approached producer Sean Lillico with basic chords and a melody.

She said Lillico was a massive help in making the song what it was today. The Georgiana Molloy Anglican School student listened to her single on the radio through high-quality speakers with classmates and teachers in the school’s multi-purpose activity centre.

She said it was a great experience being with a group of people who wanted to listen to something she created.

“I think the most rewarding thing to come out of singing for me is being able to inspire and show people what I can do; it’s pretty awesome,” Watt said.

The young singer released the single separate from her usual band,Sonatay, which was established two years ago with guitarists Jack Collins and Ned Partington, drummer Ethan Sturk-Ralls and bass player Eva Nimmo.

Sonatay is a mixture of 14 and 15-year-old musicians from GMAS who perform in the South West.

To listen to Time Apart, visit and search Sofia Watt or Time Apart.

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