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25 August 2017

X Factor 2016 Winner Isaiah Firebrace Inspires Students At AIS

Published by Rowan Gibson

As part of The Australian International School’s Mentors and Inventors program, Isaiah Firebrace visited AIS this week to speak to students about his journey towards becoming Eurovision Song Contest contestant and Australian X Factor 2016 winner.

Isaiah first began singing at church as a child and had set his sights on X Factor for many years. He entered X Factor in 2015, however was heartbroken when he was knocked out in the early stages.

During his visit Isaiah gave inspirational talks to the AIS year 6-8 choir and year 9-12 elective music students, speaking about his journey from singing at the age of 3, through to becoming a signed artist and achieving success in X Factor 2016. Isaiah showcased his vocal abilities by singing a rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ and shared that he got to where he is today through shear “perseverance, a positive attitude and passion”, advising AIS students to “always do your best and always be yourself”.

Isiah later spent time with a smaller group of Year 12 students, each discussing their musical aspirations with Isaiah about his experiences in the music industry. Year 12 student and aspiring musican, Flo Olavarria Godoy also performed her own song for Isaiah which was met with excellent feedback and applause from both Isaiah and his management.

Reflecting on Isiah’s visit, Year 11 student Kapil Bhuta said: “Isaiah Firebrace’s visit to the school was a very memorable experience. He taught us many important skills, not just important in our musical journeys, but also skills that we can apply throughout our lives. It was very interesting hearing how someone with such a fantastic, and to put it simply, motivated attitude has got him this far, and this no doubt inspired each and everyone one of us in the room”.

Leaving the students with one key piece of advice, Isiaiah shared that “talent alone is not enough, your attitude plays an big part”.

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