The Captain is one of her favourite songs to play and it is safe to say that she is the captain on the musical journey she is finding herself on.
Our first student artist profile for 2021 is Year 10 student, Raine, the up-and-coming musician we have begun to hear quite a bit about, and there is a reason.
Being first inspired by Grace Vanderwaal on America’s Got Talent in 2016, Raine started playing the ukulele (being so clueless that she started playing it upside down, which, I would say, is a talent in itself) but soon got bored of it. The Music program at the College introduced her to the guitar in Year 7, and from then on, her music has been surpassing expectations left, right and centre.
Raine draws inspiration from Grace and former Nagle Catholic College student, Jade Jackson, who has amassed a significant following on her socials for her raw and heart-felt songs. Starting a somewhat “band” with fellow Year 10 Music students, Nelson and Nick, has helped Raine broaden her style and exposed her to a variety of different genres.
Despite playing guitar, ukulele, piano and also singing, Raine claims she has not always been musically talented. “I remember this one time I was singing in the shower and mum came in and she said, “just stop”. I was singing one of my favourite songs to sing now, The Captain. Now my mum is always asking me to sing it.”
While with her musical talent you would think she wants to make it big, she doesn not wish to pursue a full-time career in music. Rather, Raine aims to take the ATAR pathway to do something with law, economics or humanities based, and play gigs on weekends… AKA live a double life. She hopes that the tight knit group the Music students have formed from Year 7 to now will carry through into Senior School and that ATAR Music will run.
It is safe to say she has come a long way from being the 10 year old who started playing the ukulele upside down and this is largely thanks to Mr Brenton Meynell, her Music teacher in Year 9, who massively supported her and ultimately started everything for her, showing her how to record music and make something out of her talents. She is excited for what the next three years will bring, with new Head of Music, Mr James Softly, already making a profound impact on her, and she is confident that he will help her grow even further and become a better musician. We wish her all the best and who knows, maybe we might just hear her on the radio one day.