Local singer-songwriter Alison Newman has been selected in the June run of the Season 4 Talent Search Competition at Radio Eastern FM in Melbourne, with her original song “Things Are About to Get Dark”.
Ms Newman’s song was one of the lucky picks in the Top 20 songs, which placed her in the running to win the monthly $500 prize along with the yearly $1500 prize. “I was stoked, I was so happy,” Ms Newman said.
The Talent Search Competition, sponsored by Bendigo Bank, gives local artists a platform to have their songs played on the radio. The songs are eligible for public voting and the most popular song wins the $500 prize.
Ms Newman said the song, from her upcoming album WOLF, is about her personal experience with postnatal depression. “It makes me really proud,” she said. “I’d love to be able to use this album and these songs to get more people talking about postnatal depression, raising more awareness about it, how common it is. “Apart from just the music, the message behind it is really important to me.”
Ms Newman is a Support Crew Member with Lifeboat SE, a group which provides a place for people who are struggling during a tough time in their life. “Mental illness is something that is incredibly common, and I think the stigma behind it is getting broken down slowly,” she said.
Ms Newman said her upcoming album WOLF will hopefully be released towards the end of this year. You can vote for Ms Newman via her website www.alisonnewman.net and clicking “vote here”. Voting closes on June 25.