We caught up with 2023 Gympie Music Muster Talent Search Finalist Shanleigh Rose to find out what songs she’s listening to for this week’s Front Deck Boom Box.
Following Find Myself and Good Luck With Your Love, up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Shanleigh Rose, recently released her latest single. Boy Next Door tells the story of opening your eyes to find that the person you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with, has been right next to you all along.
At 17, with a skill beyond her years, she effortlessly weaves together melodies and metaphors, creating complex harmonies that make her performances both lively and crisp. Her extensive range and lyrical depth enable her to captivate audiences with both heartfelt ballads and upbeat anthems.
Shanleigh was recently announced as a finalist in the 2023 Gympie Music Muster Talent Search – junior section (12-17 years) alongside Amy Ryan, Phoebe Rose, Dennis Comino, Henry Catania and LilG.
We caught up with Shanleigh Rose to find out what songs she’s listening to for this week’s Front Deck Boom Box.
The Outside by Taylor Swift was one of the first songs that I ever loved. When I was little my parents would play this, along with other Taylor Swift songs in the car and I would just sing along and jam out to it, The Outside was the song that made me realise I love music and wanted to make music as well. And now as a 17-year-old I love it even more because of how relatable it’s become.
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My love for this immensely beautiful song also stems from childhood nostalgia. My parents had the Listen to The Words CD when it first came out and we ALWAYS listened to it, especially during spring cleaning. Brindabella was the song that me and my sister most remember from the album and now whenever we hear it, we just stop everything and listen to the words.
I fell in love with Favorite Crime the moment it came out. I was going through a similar feeling and hearing this song when I did, I felt seen and less alone. I’m also completely obsessed with how clever the extended metaphor is, and how Olivia Rodrigo effortlessly weaves her words and emotions. It’s just the perfect song.
Everything about Sailed In by Kelly Cork is just so pretty I get goosebumps whenever I hear the first guitar riff. Kelly Cork is such an incredible storyteller, not only with his words but also with his guitar and this song is one of the most prominent examples of that. I could forever talk about the line “crossed that river but it done no good, I’m still standing where I always stood.” It’s such a simple but powerful line that could have one-hundred-and-one meanings.
I don’t know what it is about this song that makes it so magical, but every time I hear it, I feel like crying and flying at the same time. The lyrics are so simple but the story that they tell; her heart fighting with her mind, is gut-wrenching and whimsical. I was also so entranced with “Where I stood” by Missy Higgins that I was inspired to start learning piano! There are some songs that I’ve written that never would have been if I hadn’t heard this song.
Keep up to date with Shanleigh Rose via her Facebook page here.