My name is Jenna Dearness Dark and I am 17 years old. My mum and I were hit by the devastating QLD floods we lost everything and are still financially struggling. For a long time we lived in a small temporary room and my dream is impossible to afford on my own.
My dream is to record a PopOpera/classical cross over CD of both my original music/ cover’s that would produce a demo of a professional standard for national and international recording agents and enable me to continue my music studies. My finances are very limited my mum has always support me in achieving my goals and dreams but the high cost of producing a professional CD is impossible on our own. The Aim for the Stars grant will greatly assist me in producing a CD and continuing my study of music in my genre, PopOpera/classical cross over.
When did you start?
I started playing instruments (my piano ,guitar, flute) and performing in musicals at a very young age. In fact piano was my first music introduction to music I was about 4 years old when I started and my Favourite music was Tchaikovsky. At the age of 9 I composed my first song. But classical singing training did not start till about 3 years ago.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Definitely being on Channel 9 “The Voice Australia” and having all 4 coaches turn around, having my music in iTunes and also hitting the charts. I was honoured to be up there with Lorde-“Royals” and Birdy- “Skinny love”. Also being chosen from 40,000 children to be on the TV show “Young Talent Time”.
What is your dream?
My dream is to continue studying classical technique so that I can then have the capabilities to sing/ perform where ever my career takes me. I want to become an internationally recognised artist, enabling me to perform around the world (including the opera house in Sydney) and ultimately get signed by a record label.
Who or what have inspired you?
Definitely my beautiful singing teacher. She is truly amazing giving me a holistic yet technical training. She is inspiring , talented and perfect :-)
Who's your hero?
My mum, because she encourages and supports me in everything I do. Hers life is completely devoted to me and my education, training, career and happiness.
Any other special talents?
I am an artists (I love art!!!), I also study aerial (trapeze, lycra and silks) and I play a few instruments including the piano and guitar! I also sing/study Italian, French, English, German, Latin.
What kind of a question is this? This is cruel! ummmmm... PopOpera / Classical crossover is a mix of Contemporary, Classical, a bit of Folk, Pop, Rock and some light opera. It aims to cover a few genres at once, so that everybody can enjoy something in it, “That’s what I want . . . EVERYBODY to be able to enjoy and love my music”
Les Miserables, oh and nothing ever beats Harry Potter and definitely all Disney movies :)
Definitely Harry Potter and Gallagher Girls!
Favourite TV Show?
The Voice!!! and Revenge!!!
Fruit smoothies! (berries, banana, MANGO, orange, nectarine and more)
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
This grant will help me on the road to developing my dream of becoming an Artist helping to cover costs that I would not normally have to develop my knowledge, experience and exposure in the music industry. The grant will be used toward the cost of recording a professional CD in my genre PopOpera/Classical cross over including costs to produce my own music backings, recording vocals, music production, engineering, mixing and mastering. It will also help with the production of the CD demo’s including covers, printing and sending.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
1. Be yourself, an original is always worth more than a copy.
2."Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light" -Albus Dumbledore