Teenager's labour of love

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 15:12 23/08/2013
Lily Jackson
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Lily Jackson is launching her CD tonight at Central Southland College.

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She may not be winging her way to the Rockquest finals, but Lily Jackson is not going to let that stop her dreams.

The Central Southland College pupil was chosen as one of the top 10 solo acts in the country at the Southland Smokefree Rockquest this month, but her hopes of securing a spot in the New Zealand- wide final were dashed last week, when she was not announced in the final lineup.

Despite the disappointing news, the bubbly teenager is now paving her own way to stardom, starting with a concert tonight.

The concert, which is doubling as her album launch, was just one way the teenager hoped to build her music career.

With 12 songs that the Winton teenager spent months poring over, the CD became a labour of love, but it was also a relief to finally have it finished, she said.

It would be the first time her friends and school community would hear the album, even her music teacher had not heard the edited version, she said.

But the CD will not be the end of her pursuit of stardom. Next year she hopes to study music at Victoria University and continue to write songs.

"After this I will be doing a music video as well."

However, she had to focus on tonight first, she said.

The concert at the Central Southland College hall would include bands from the high school as well as James Hargest College and Southland Girls' High School. She hoped the concert would inspire other people to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals.

"I am just doing it to inspire other people, but they have got to have their own drive to do it as well.

"I am still learning everyday and if this is going to happen, the only way it will happen is by myself."

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- The Southland Times

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