Three famous local musicians will mentor young talent to write and record songs about Geelong.
Magic Dirt’s Adalita Srsen, Weddings Parties Anything’s Mick Thomas and Jet’s Mark Wilson had returned to their home town especially for the Connecting Song initiative, City Hall said.
Each of the stars would work with an assigned emerging local artist or band “to write and record a song that has Geelong as the central theme”.
“Adalita will support Chloe Adele Perrett, Mick Thomas will work with Jack Meredith and Mark Wilson takes on local band Alby Jay (Jeb Costin, Jarred Paggels, Tommy Doggett Williams and Callum Marriott) as the mentees embark on the journey of learning the craft of song writing,” City Hall said.
Don’t Poke the Bear studio would record each song, with Pulse TV to produce accompanying videos for a laneway debut during Geelong After Dark on 3 May.
Ms Srsen was thrilled to be involved.
“I’m so excited and proud to be a part of the Connecting Song mentoring program again. The talent is just incredible,” she said.
“I’m extremely proud to be mentoring Chloe Adele-Perrett, I think she is going to come up with something truly special!
Mayor Bruce Harwood noted Geelong’s “great history of producing top musicians”, saying he hoped Connecting Song would help “bring the next wave through”.
“We’re very thankful to Adalita, Mick Thomas and Mark Wilson for getting involved as mentors. They’ve all achieved great things in the industry, and the knowledge and ideas they pass on will be hugely valuable for their mentees,” Cr Harwood said.
“Congratulations to Chloe Adele Perrett, Jack Meredith and the members of Alby Jay for being selected. We look forward to hearing your songs celebrating Geelong, and we hope they launch you all towards a long and successful career in music.”