23 April, 2021
Local star to sing in front of nation
SENSATION Gypsie Brunker has won the state finals in a singing competition and will be competing nationally. Take the Mic is a national singing competition where the winner is awarded $200,000 and given invaluable exposure and experience. Not to mention the chance to write, record, and workshop an original song with James North Productions. It is a competition with different age categories, and Ms Brunker will be performing in the junior category. In a pool of thousands of entrants, Ms Brunker has won for both the states of Queensland and Western Australia which were pooled together. She is 13 years old and an Emerald local and has performed at numerous ceremonies and at the centre of community life here. Ms Brunker said she had been working hard to perfect the song she will be singing, which is going to be a surprise for listeners. Her mother Cally Brunker said Gypsie sings three to four hours a day. “It’s just her goal, it’s just what she does,” she said. “The community has always been behind Gypsie, she sings for ANZAC day, she sings for Waitangi Day. “She’s just a natural, and just loves singing.” She said her singing coach Anna Farquhar had helped her a lot. Ms Farquhar said she was incredibly proud of the young talent. “She’s very committed to her music and her singing,” she said. “As a teacher, I think she has incredible talent, and I don’t see why she couldn’t take it out [first place], I have full confidence in her. “But it’s up to the judges on the day, you never know what is going to happen.” Ms Farquhar said it was an amazing accomplishment for Ms Brunker, after having only made it to the state final in her previous attempts. “She just keeps working harder and harder each time,” she said. “It’s really paying off for her. “She has a very unique voice, it’s very strong. “An incredible performer and singer.” Ms Farquhar urged locals to get behind Ms Brunker. The dates for the competition have not been revealed yet, but the best place to watch Ms Brunker will be on Ms Farquhar’s Facebook page, Colleen Ave Studios, or on the Take the Mic, Australia YouTube channel. There is an audience voting system where Ms Brunker can be given double points if she gets enough votes, so make sure you join in.