Young singer lends voice to album

Colac's Tessa Williams with singer and educator Andrew Chinn.

PRIMARY school pupil Tessa Williams is proof Colac has talent.

Tessa, 11, will feature on six songs of a Butterfly Music album, People of Praise, which is due for release next year.

Catholic entertainer and educator Andrew Chinn chose Tessa to join a choir for the album, after hearing her sing last year in St Mary’s Primary School’s choir.

Tessa was among three pupils in the Ballarat Diocese, and the only singer from Colac, in the choir.

Tessa said recording the album was “fun”.

She practised the songs with music teacher Tanya Stewart before the recording session in Melbourne last month.

“I was excited doing it and I was really lucky to do it,” she said.

“It took a while because sometimes we would have to do the song again and again, but it was really fun.”

Tessa’s mother Kerryn Williams said recording the tracks and posing for album cover photos took about four hours.

Mrs Williams said Tessa was a keen singer who hoped to pursue singing and performing in the future.

“Andrew goes to hundreds and hundreds of schools, so she did quite a good job just being heard,” Mrs Williams said.

“There were 10 to 12 kids in the Victorian choir, 30 kids all up, and he gets them to record on different songs,” she said.

“On his return to Colac and the St Mary’s parish in the future, Tessa has been invited by Andrew to have a guest appearance singing the songs on the album with him at his concerts.”

Mrs Williams said the album was set for an Australian and New Zealand release in January 2012, and the United States in March.

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