Singer songwriter wows Voices@Henty with acoustic talent

Jess-Gay-web September 17, 2013

Talented singer Jess Gay has shown her star appeal by taking out Voices@Henty.

Jess, 18, battled inclement weather and power interruptions to wow the judges with her original song, “Bats.”

The judges, The Voice finalist Nick Kingswell, The River 105.7 FM breakfast hosts Kevin Poulton and Luisa Pelazzari, and EDGE FM general manager Frank Davidson, urged Jess to record her song.

Kevin described Jess as “album ready’’ with a natural voice while Frank described her original song as a “knockout’’.

Jess won a recording session with Albury Sound and Lighting, $500 cash from the Henty Machinery Field Days, and a gift voucher from

A Year 12 student, Jess has taken her love of music and arts into the Border community by volunteering to organise musical events for youth.

She has established herself as an artist with regular gigs at The Retro Café, Albury, The Vibe, Wodonga and the Indigo Shire.

Living at Barnawartha, she draws on her own experiences to write original songs, including her own single, “Bats’’.

“I started running around the house singing at the age of three, joined the school choir and started learning the piano in grade one,’’ Jess said.

“I really wanted a guitar when I was nine and I have learnt under music teacher Janet Turewicz.’’

Jess, who has studied classical voice and music styles for her VCE, describes her style as acoustic alternate folk.

In the past she has played in rock-pop band, Euphoria Project, and aims to study music in Melbourne.

Runner-up, eleven-year-old Kayla Smith, of Wodonga, stunned judges with her poise and original songwriting ability.

Kayla won a guitar and gift voucher from

Other finalists were Matt Cross, Mollie Waters, James and Nick Robinson, and Emily Kirk.