2010 National Songwriting Competition winner Natasha Duarte with Molly Meldrum

Publisher: Jessica Grewel

According to The Coffs Coast Advocate, “from everyday schoolgirl to ARIA chart-topper and youth ambassador, Natasha Duarte has come a long way.

Fresh from a mentoring session with Molly Meldrum on Friday during which she showed him her latest music video, the 17-year-old still couldn’t believe how much the decision to enter a youth song writing competition changed her life.

In 2010, aged 15, Natasha won second place in the ACMF Song Writing Competition for her song Take it Away.

Encouragement from industry heavyweights, and a nudge from her supportive mum, gave her the confidence to enter another song Wanted to Feel in 2011 and the second time around, she came out on top.

The moment she found out she had won Natasha realised: “I can be as good as I want to be”.

Since then she has gone on to meet “amazing and inspirational” people all over the country.”

Click here to read the full article in The Advocate.