Jazmin Allen releases debut single Walking Away
The first release from 16-year-old Geraldton girl Jazmin Allen is a grim tale, deceivingly soft in its presentation.
Walking Away tells the story of a woman fleeing her abusive partner, all with a calm four-chord piano backdrop provided by her music teacher.
A mature theme from young Jazmin which, perhaps worryingly, is inspired by a true story within a past generation of her own family. The song has been gaining traction on local radio airwaves.
“My dad and I co-wrote the song,” she said. “We sat down and we talked about it, and that’s what we thought was prevalent at the moment, and needed to be addressed.”
Jazmin was singing from a young age, entertaining her family by singing Cats showtunes with her grandmother.
“My grandma is Welsh, and the Welsh are known for their voices, and when she came over I remember singing with her... I’ve loved singing ever since,” Jazmin said.
Naturally from a girl who cites Andrew Lloyd Webber as one of her musical influences, it was a school play which gave her the push to debut the new song for her friends.
“I was in Alice In Wonderland at school, and I just decided to play it for them before the show. They loved it,” she said.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing though. Jazmin lives with scoliosis, an irregular curvature of the spine.
Until recently she had to wear a tight back brace for 22 hours a day, and travelled to Perth regularly to have it adjusted by surgeons.
There is more to come from Jazmin. She already has a second release, If Only, in the works.
“I’ve always loved music and just getting out there was one of the big things, and showing other people what I love to do,” she said.
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