Student take the stage at Vina Del Mar

One of our Melbourne JMC Academy music students Alison Elgueta-Rubio has been invited to sing at the TheViña del Mar International Song Festival this year, performing a song co- written with another current JMC student Shawnee Brennan. shawnee.jpg

 The Viña del Mar International Song Festival is a music festival held annually during February since 1960 in Viña del Mar and is considered the most important musical event in Latin America and the Americas. Every year invited artists such as Tom Jones, Sting, and Elton John, perform alongside Latin artists such as Soda Stereo, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Marc Anthony and Gustavo Cerati. 

Allison has been selected to perform in front of more than 30,000 people at the Spanish-language version of Eurovision in Chile. The song, co-written with Shawnee Brennan, called Move On, is one of 50 chosen to be performed at the music festival, which is in its 57th year.

As if that wasn’t enough, JMC lecturer, Andrew Rostas, also arranged the song for the orchestral live performance at the Festival, so JMC has a few fingerprints on it!

We chatted to Allison to find out how she was feeling about the event… 

Hey Allison! 
Tell us about how you got involved in Vina Del Mar!

I originally applied for the festival back in 2013 but didn’t hear anything from them with the song that I submitted. I went on a holiday to Chile in June 2015 and went to the Quinta Vergara Amphitheatre where the festival is held for a day trip and my mums friend asked why I didn’t apply again! If I’m being honest, after being at the venue I really wanted to see what could happen this time around with a new song. Once I came back from my trip I talked to Shawnee about using the song we co-wrote to enter and she agreed, despite the fact she didn’t really know much about the festival!

What’s the most exciting part for you?

Not only is our song 1 of 6 out of more than 500 that were submitted to get chosen, but what is so exciting is getting the opportunity to perform on a much bigger stage and to meet and chat with other international writers and artists. 

How did JMC Academy help you prepare for the industry?

JMC Academy has made a massive impact on me and helped me prepare myself as an artist. All the lecturers at the Melbourne campus not only just teach, but they put into perspective how this industry actually is and that you need to put in the hard work if you are going to achieve your goals. I look at my lecturers more as mentors who has supported me from the start and how I have really grown as a musician. 

Shawnee; JMC has definitely helped prepare me for this, as I hadn’t really tried songwriting before JMC. I feel that the lecturers at the Melbourne campus taught me the skills and inspired me to be the songwriter I am today.

What advice would you give to current students, especially any international students?

Collaborate with other students while you have the chance. Even if you want to embark on a solo career after, working with other writers/ performers can be extremely beneficial and refreshing for your individual work. 

Best of luck to Allison and we look forward to watching her performance!
Listen to the song below!

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