Jazzella thrilled about State of Origin welcome
GYMPIE musician and former X Factor contestant Jazz Coogan - aka Jazzella - will perform to the State of Origin crowd at ANZ Stadium tonight.
The teenage musician grew up in Gympie and The Gympie Times has followed her musical journey for years.
She and Chris Ah Gee will help welcome 90,000 footy fans to ANZ Stadium before the game starts tonight, and will then perform for 15 minutes at half-time.
After the game they will play for another hour for the celebrations afterwards in the Centreline Seats Lounge.
"We can't wait," Coogan said yesterday.
"Then we will have a 14- hour drive through the night after we have finished our performance so that we can get up to the Sunshine Coast in time for our next show," she said.
Since finishing X Factor three years ago, Coogan has reinvented herself.
"I have just taken so much time to rebuild myself and grow up as an artist and I really feel like the hard work and dedication is finally paying off," she said.
"Chris has been the best musical influence to come into my life and together we're on this really exciting adventure which is so fun and I am just so proud of how far we have come already.
"It feels really good to work hard as a musician and build your fan base the hard way by driving to every town in Australia and playing for as many people as we can.
"We are heading out on our second east coast tour of Australia in a week, where we will be performing in most towns from Sydney to Cairns.
Coogan and Ah Gee met at X Factor two years ago.
"After a year of a long- distance relationship we've brought our musical careers together and have relocated to Sydney where we have been highly successful after only five months," Coogan said.
"Not only are we performing full time at venues and busking all through the city streets of Sydney, but we have moved on to massive gigs like international cruise ships, a residency at the Sydney Star Casino, the State of Origin, and I'll even be playing the NRL grand final half-time show in October.
"We have received so so much positive feedback and are looking forward to heading up to Cairns for the second time around.
"We've also just found out that as soon as we finish our tour at the end of June we are getting sent to Vanuatu and New Caledonia to sing.
"It's been such a fun journey and we are so proud that we have done it all by ourselves.
"We work really well together as a duo because I take care of all of the business/booking/
management, while Chris takes care of recording and producing all of our music and really focuses on the creative aspects.
"Unfortunately this time we didn't get the chance to stop through Gympie for a show, however we are heading up there for a day to record at Mothar Mountain Studios with Nilsy and Geoff who are some of my favourite people to record music with."