Kellyville resident Abbey Gardner has been strumming the strings on her guitar since she was 11-years-old.
The self taught musician has been singing and song-writing since the tender age of seven and said she enjoys exploring social issues in her music.
“In my music, I like exploring social issues, especially things that relate to the lives of adolescents,” she said.
“Making music is such a big part of my life and it helps me express my feelings.”
The 18-year-old was recently crowned the winner of the Alive 90.5 Hills Has Talent competition, held over three weeks with a total of 15 finalists.
Alive 90.5 station manager James Preston said the competition offered a platform for talented artists and those looking for a career in radio.
“It’s also extremely important because it’s the first time in the station’s history that an event like this has actually occurred,” he said.
“I was ecstatic with the level of talent on display and it seemed to bring a bunch of talented local acts out of the woodwork.”
The year 12 student said her biggest inspiration, in terms of performance, is Ed Sheeran and lyrically, artists such as The Neighbourhood, Arctic Monkeys and Passenger.
“I aim to keep developing my skills,” she said.
“I really hope to continue pursuing music and hope that it opens up doors to more places to perform.”
In my music, I like exploring social issues, especially things that relate to the lives of adolescents.Abbey Gardner
In her EP, Shadows After 3, she explores themes surrounding gun laws, mental health and refugee crisis.
“My husband and I are Abbey’s biggest fans,” Gardner’s mum, Loretta Gardner said.
“I’m always looking out for things such as the Hills Has Talent competition, any opportunities I can find for her, I always encourage her to go for it.”
She said when she found out her daughter was the winner of the competition she was quite surprised.
“There were a lot of great performers as finalists,” Mrs Gardner said.
“The Hills has so much talent but we’re so proud of our daughter and everything she has achieved so far.”
Gardner recently preformed at Marrickville’s Red Rattler Theatre as the support act for rock band Far Away Stables.
- To hear Gardner’s music, visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/AbbeyGardner01/