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GOING PLACES: Ballan singersongwriter Demi Louise. PICTURE: CONTRIBUTED.BALLAN singer-songwriterDemi Louise has earnedthe right to perform onstage at the 2015 BallaratBeer Festival. Louise wasrecently announced the winnerof the festival’s Home Brewedcompetition and will perform onstage with artists including Wayof the Eagle, Ash Grunwald andTimberwolf next year in Ballarat.

“It’s going to be amazing toperform with people I have lookedup to,” Louise said.

For Louise, a career in musicwas not something she initiallythought she would be doing,instead choosing to study a degreein clinical exercise science.

“I started quite late interms of the music industry, I was16-17 when I fi rst started singing.

Before that, I had never sung orhad singing lessons,” she said.

“As I started playing at moregigs, everything started falling intoplace. This year has been amazingfor me, it was the first year doingmusic full time.”

Louise has spent the past yeartouring in America, Europe andAsia, supporting Dan Kelly andKodaline, performing at CMJ NewYork and Seoul’s MU:CON andZandari Festa, while still fi ndingtime to release an EP. It has beenthe biggest year of her life.

“Releasing my fi rst single wasa huge highlight, but opening forGabrielle Aplin was amazing. Forme it was surreal,” she said.

“For me it mademe realise I could do this andpeople did like me. I feel so luckyto open for people I idolise.”Louise’s debut single Ruinsreached number seven in theiTunes singer-songwriter chartand became a turning point in hercareer.

“I was in England at the timeit reached number seven onAustralian iTunes, so it was niceto know I had that support inAustralia,” she said. “Being inEngland, I thought it would be alloverseas audiences.”Inspired by her family, Louisesaid it was the story of hergrandparents andtheirjourney with dementia that meantthe song was close to her heart.

“It’s about the fact that evenwhile their minds are disintegratingthere are still parts of each ofthem that come out every now andagain.

“That’s why it is called Ruins, it’slike a castle, it might fall down andbe ruins but it’s still there.”Louise will perform songs fromher debut EP as well as a selectionof songs from her upcoming albumat the Ballarat Beer Festival onSaturday, January 24.

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