June 24, 2016

YOUNG BLACK & DEADLY – Gadigal Music’s Rising Stars youth program – will launch their original compositions at Klub Koori in 2016, presented by Carriageworks and Koori Radio 93.7FM.  Taya Lazare and Sharnae Bergan are two of nine artists involved in the program, that aims to instil confidence in young Indigenous performers while providing music industry training and career opportunities.

Taya Lazare

Tell us about yourself?
My name is Taya, I grew up and live in the Penrith area of Sydney. I am young Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay girl who enjoys learning more about my culture.

How did you get into music?
I have been singing since I could talk. I have always loved anything musical. When I showed an interest in singing my family started getting me singing lessons. I have been going to lessons for four years now.

Describe your style of music.
I like most types of music. I enjoy sing R&B and pop songs. I have been teaching myself a little on the keyboard also.

What has been the highlight of your YBD journey so far?
Everything about the program has been amazing, I have met so many beautiful people and worked with some great artists. The highlight while doing the program though was being in the recording studio recording my song.

What are some of your goals for the future?
To keep enjoying my singing and performing, maybe to even start some keyboard lessons. It would also be amazing to sing at School Spectacular and continue singing in the community. I would love to have a CD recorded and be travelling around Australia doing gigs, maybe even sing at the Blues Fest.

Sharnae Bergan

Tell us about yourself, where are you from, mob etc?
Hi I’m Sharnae Lilli Bergan. I am 12 years-old and a proud Kamillaroi girl. I love performing arts and started singing at the age of three, but started professional singing at the age of 10. I grew up in Western Sydney and I was born at Penrith hospital. I also busk in Terrigal.

How did you get into music?
I started getting into music around the age of three, I always listened to Jessica Mauboy growing up. I took singing lessons I learned how to read notes. I’m now trying to learn guitar.

Describe your style of music.
I love singing pop music and Thelma Plum songs.

What has been the highlight of your YBD journey so far?
The highlight of my YBD experience so far has been learning how to write new songs and meeting the Koori Radio crew.

What are some of your goals for the future?
I am hoping to become a famous singer like Jessica Mauboy. I would like to see myself standing on a big stage in front of a big crowd just knowing I have so many fans.

See Young Black & Deadly artists premiere performance at Klub Koori at Carriageworks, 7 Jul – BOOK NOW