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MUSIC 101
MENTEE SPOTLIGHT

Mentee: Will Clift
Mentor: Matt Corby

Will Clift is an Australian rising artist who has made the bold decision to leave his professional rugby career behind and dedicate himself fully to his passion for music. With his guitar-driven soul/pop music style inspired by Tom Misch and Daniel Caesar, Will has created an exceptional musical experience that only gets better when played live.

Will performed alongside ARIA award winning artist Matt Corby, at the first Wild Turkey Music 101 event and has since gone on to release a new hit song ‘Autumn Girl’.

Will’s music has gained 300k+ plays and featured on Spotify playlists such as New Music Fridays AU/NZ. His unforgettable shows include a support tour with Miku followed by sold out gigs in Sydney & Melbourne during his debut East Coast tour in 2023.

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Mentee: Amela
Mentor: Busby Marou

Amela is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from the Gold Coast, Australia. Known for her unique voice and catchy melodies, Amela is a growing presence in the Australian Music scene. Amela's single "Push & Pull" received national airplay on Triple J and regular rotation on community radio stations around Australia.

Amela performed as part of the second Wild Turkey Music 101 event, receiving mentoring from the dynamic due Busby Marou, and described her experience as “An “opportunity of a life time to play alongside one of my biggest musical inspirations”.

Amela has performed at festivals like Woodford Folk Festival and Bleach Festival and was a Gold Coast Music Award finalist alongside Amy Shark. Amela’s songs were sampled in Allday's "Codeine 17" and "If Not Now, When?". She has had successful collaborations including international French producer Astre, receiving over 150,000 streams.

Amela is set to her release her upcoming single Who You Are (When I’m Not Around) on July 1st, along with her video produced by Josh Beattie and shot by Pablo Mejia-Lopez.

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Mentee: Yara Alkurd
Mentor: Killing Heidi

YARA (Yara Alkurd) is a Naarm/Melbourne based Singer-songwriter and Producer from Palestine.

Yara recalls the move to Australia as being both simultaneously challenging and a point of growth amongst the dramatic change of culture. However, her love for music, with all its colours and sonic flavours, as well as the artists she found in these major points of transition, have been her guide. Which is why her sound is a melting pot of Soul, Pop, Indie R&B and Jazz.

Amidst her influences found through the transition to a new place, to the songs that kept her grounded, at the end of the day, YARA stands strong in her own sound and hard earned stories of growth, heartbreak and all the lessons in between.

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