With a booming, powerful voice and meaningful lyrics focusing on the themes of love and heartbreak, local singer/songwriter Breeze Millard might be Whyalla's very own Adele.
Breeze, who won the Whyalla Recording Scholarship (WRS) in 2016, recently completed the recording of her debut single “I Have My Own Life”, which will be released on April 2.
The Whyalla News were given an exclusive chance to listen to the final version of “I Have My Own Life” and were impressed by the musical style of the single, which was very similar to pop superstar Adele.
The WRS is run by Stormfront Productions, and offered Breeze a scholarship consisting of an all-expenses paid recording package to launch her song as a debut single, and 12 months mentorship and management as she releases and promotes the song worldwide.
Along the way Breeze secured a number of session musicians to play for her on the single, including Vaughan Jones, who has toured with the likes of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, and Ryan Hoyle, who has worked with Carrie Underwood and Alice Cooper.
However her biggest achievement was securing mastering in New York by Tom Coyne, whose regular customers include Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Bruno Mars...and Adele.
Breeze said the recording process was a long but rewarding journey.
“We started recording in November and finished recently, it was a long process but I did enjoy it a lot because it's something I love to do,” she said.
“I have done recording before but I've never recorded my own song, to record my own original it took a little more time – though I did have a lot of fun with it.
“I'm super excited to let everyone hear it!”
Breeze said the recording process focused on adding in lots of ‘bits and pieces’ into the song rather than taking anything out.
“I had to look at what instruments I wanted in there and what feel I wanted at different points in the song, those were the main things we had to decide on,” she said.
“There's so much which is put into the final version of a song, even when I listen to my single I can hear every little bit I put in there that other people might not hear.
“I almost cried when I heard the final product, I was just so happy with the way it turned out – I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was.”
Breeze will now be recording a music video for the single over the weekend.
“That will be an exciting experience, something completely new, I've never done a music video before,” she said.
“I'll also be performing at the UneARTh concert at the Whyalla Library, which will be the debut concert of my song.”
"I Have My Own Life" launches globally online on Sunday April 2, 2017 and will be available from iTunes and at www.breezemillard.com - everyone in Whyalla is encouraged to get online that day to purchase a copy.