Being herself and winning awards

SUPERSTAR: Local musician Maddelyn Ravanelli, left, holding her certificate for first place in the ASME Young Composers of the Year Rock/Pop Category. She is pictured with mentor Alison Hams from Stormfront Productions.
SUPERSTAR: Local musician Maddelyn Ravanelli, left, holding her certificate for first place in the ASME Young Composers of the Year Rock/Pop Category. She is pictured with mentor Alison Hams from Stormfront Productions.

Budding musical talent Maddelyn Ravanelli, who has won two Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) awards in recent years for her original music, is hoping to raise $1000 for the Jodi Lee Foundation in memory of her nanna Debbie Tully.

Debbie was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 and passed away in June this year. Maddie has been growing her hair for the last two years, and will be donating it to be used to make wigs for cancer patients.

Maddie will be cutting 30 centimetres of her hair at the Westland Shopping Centre in front of Wendy's on Saturday, December 14 at 12pm.

"Before she passed away I promised her I would one day cut my hair, and I'm still going to do that to impress her," she said.

"I'm looking forward to getting it cut off, the hair is a lot of work."

At just 11-years-old Maddie has achieved great things in the world of music, having won the ASME Young Composer of the Year Rock/Pop Category for students in Reception-Grade 7 with her original "In The Air" in 2017 and again this year with another original "Be Yourself".

"This award is really special because I was competing against another person in my category," she said.

Those songs were created with the support of Alison Hams and Mark Tempany from Stromfront Productions, with "Be Yourself" being written to encourage children to feel confident in who they are.

Alison described Maddie as a 'superstar' student and a 'hard worker in the studio'.

Maddie performed "Be Yourself" at the Saint Mary's Auditorium in Adelaide last week, an experienced she described as 'nerve-wracking' but enjoyable.

"I tried to act confident and I was very happy with how it went," she said.

To donate to Maddie's fundraising visit www.jodileefoundation.org.au and find her under "Sponsor A Friend". So far she has raised just under $500.