SEVENTEEN-year-old Liberty Tuohy from Port Neill has had a musical breakthrough, winning the Whyalla Recording Scholarship for young regional musicians.
Miss Tuohy is well known across the Eyre Peninsula, performing everywhere from Port Lincoln to Kimba.
Over the next year, Miss Tuohy will receive free management from Stormfront Productions, as well as a professional recording studio package worth $10,000.
She will release a debut single and music video, and have her music shared through the production of 100 CDs and release across online streaming services.
Miss Tuohy’s life as a musician began at age five when she picked up piano, and continued through several instruments in school bands.
At 13, she picked up a guitar and never put it down.
She said the instrument had a “better vibe” for the casual, pub-style gigs she was accustomed to on the Eyre Peninsula.
The Whyalla Recording Scholarship is open only to musicians who write original material, something Miss Tuohy has been doing ever since she picked up guitar.
“I just think it’s a real personal connection to music,” she said.
The scholarship has come at a busy time for Miss Tuohy, as she heads into her year 12 exam period.
While she had tentative plans to apply for university immediately after school, the news of the scholarship put everything on hold.
“I’ve always wanted to do music as a career,” she said, but noted a scholarship alone would not necessarily make it happen.
She already has a performance in Willunga lined up, and said she was looking forward to the opportunity to travel for her music.
Miss Tuohy said she hoped the next year would bring more gigs and recognition before the scholarship wrapped up next September.
“I’ll see where music takes me at the end of this,” Miss Tuohy said.