Teen takes talent to stage

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Lucy Smith will bring her slightly obscure pop punk to Next Wave at Clancy's Dunsborough
Camera IconLucy Smith will bring her slightly obscure pop punk to Next Wave at Clancy's Dunsborough Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Busselton’s Lucy Smith is a high school pop-punk singer, defining her sound and referencing 1980s rock ballads and pop queen Lady Gaga along the way.

Lucy is one of the region’s up-and-coming talents who will perform at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough’s event Next Wave.

She will be joined on the bill by bands In Between Spleens, Pretty Uglys, Hammerhead and solo acts Joel Anthony and Emjay Angeni.

The 16-year-old is growing emotionally and developing stirring music that has a commercial formula.

“I definitely take inspiration from dark places but my music is pop, my favourite band is 80s synth-pop act Human League,” she said.

With wing eyeliner behind big glasses, Lucy has a quiet confidence about her and likened her thought-provoking music to that of idol Lady Gaga.

“A Star is Born is one of my favourite movies, I always knew she (Gaga) could do something like that and it just made me feel a lot,” she said. “I suppose with the character Ally she has a lot of help to give her the confidence to perform the songs she writes and for me it’s my mum and my music teachers Vanessa and Kelsie.

The singer-songwriter and pianist said she wanted to emulate 1990s Grammy award-winning artist Fiona Apple.

“I just love how she uses her voice to not just sound good but also tell a story by using expression,” she said.

“I had a singing teacher for six years and she helped me with my confidence and showed me to not write trash and that helped me take myself seriously.”

Like many artists, Lucy’s music is inspired by emotional hurdles she has overcome in life.

“My favourite song is about having a panic attack on school camp, just teenager stuff I guess,” she said.

The Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School student is studying a Certificate III in Music and starting to get noticed for her school performances. Catch Lucy and other upcoming acts at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough on September 27.

Entry is free.

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