By day Amela Duheric is a music teacher. As an artist, known simply as Amela, she plays six instruments and has her music played on radio across the globe. At 16, she was spotted on YouTube by an American manager and travelled to Los Angeles to record five tracks and a video clip. After showcasing at Bigsound in 2016 she signed a global publishing contract.
With two EPs under her belt and as a recent finalist berth in the Gold Coast Music Awards, Amela is now embracing a transition from acoustic/ folk roots, to sharp, polished pop. And collaboration is driving that transition. ‘Cold’ saw Amela collaborate with North Queensland producer Clovr, resulting in triple j love and just-released track ‘My God’ sees Amela collaborate with Sydney’s indie-rockers Bad Pony.
Amela is excited about the recent gear-shift.
“I feel like pop music has always been my true love,” she said. “I’ve been really loving candy pop radio songs this year and also pure house electronic music so I’m interested in incorporating these elements in my songwriting.”
Between writing and recording new music, Amela is also growing her own music school – Nightingale – where she’ll focus on more than just private music lessons.
“I’ve noticed a growing interest in young adults who want to learn more about contemporary music,” she told Blank Gold Coast. “In particular, how to make their own version of songs, how to sing and play the guitar at the same time and develop their musicianship and performing skills.”
Currently teaching from her home studio in Guanaba, Amela is hoping to find a permanent home in Helensvale (where she went to High School) and contribute to the growing hub developing there.
“My underlying aim is for Nightingale to be a place where musicianship and artistry skills are developed and nurtured. However the main target audience for Nightingale is young adults looking to develop their musicianship skills and artistry, perhaps already playing in bands or looking to do further study in music or the industry,” she said.
More: nightingalegc.com. Check out ‘My God’ below: