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Melanie and Her Flair for Singing March 30, 2015 11:17 PM - Variety NSW

Variety, the spice of young singers career

Having just secured a recording contract with Universal Music and relocating to Sydney in anticipation of releasing her first single early next year, Australia is about to hear a whole lot more from 19 year old, Melanie Dyer. The talented teen, who was given her first break by Variety – the Children’s Charity is hoping to inspire other gifted youngsters to apply for a Variety Scholarship.

Melanie is a shining testament to the far reaching and often life changing scholarships Variety provides. Melanie, originally from Mount Russell, displayed a flair for singing from an early age, and by the age of eight she was already performing on stage. At 12, she learned to play guitar and begun writing her own songs. During her High School years she was selected to be part of the Talent Development Project run by the Department of Education, and with Variety’s help was able to further her budding singing career.

She explains, "As part of the Talent Development Project I was required to fly to Sydney once a month for four years, Variety’s assistance helped cover the travel costs as well as enabling me to purchase a new guitar and lessons. Their help was instrumental in allowing me to develop my singing career."

Last year, Melanie appeared in the first season of The Voice, where Joel Madden lamented about not securing Melanie for his team after she impressed the judges with an encore performance at the blind auditions, exclaiming, "You’re the one I’m going to regret for the rest of the show. And mark my words; you are going to make it. You have something!" Joel’s loss became Universal Music’s gain, when Melanie scored a recording contract with the view of releasing her first single at the beginning of next year.

Variety scholarships are awarded each year to children in need in NSW, who display a gift in the areas of the arts, education or sport. By funding tuition and related expenses, the scholarships cover both special needs and disadvantaged children up to 18 years of age, to overcome adversity and explore their potential. To be eligible applicants must demonstrate a significant degree of talent and a genuine need for assistance.

Tam Johnston CEO of Variety NSW, said the Variety Scholarships were an inspiring community initiative that opened up a world of possibilities for talented NSW kids in need. "Variety NSW is thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to children who might otherwise not have the financial means, to develop their skills and talent. We believe these scholarships have the ability to change the lives of our youth by helping them realize their potential and shape their success for years to come," she said.

In NSW, awarded annually since 2006, scholarships have been granted across categories such as ballet, singing, drama, language, athletics and basketball. The NSW community is encouraged to nominate individuals, who they believe demonstrate an exceptional ability in the areas of arts, education or sport but need assistance to progress.

To learn more about Melanie Dyer and her debut single, Click here.