A LOCAL mum was a finalist in an international song writing competition.
Music teacher, Abi Rooley-Towle (46) from Alves, was short listed in the humanitarian arts contest, organised by global charity World Citizen Artists, with her song ‘When a Child Stands Alone’.
She said: “It was inspired by the abandoned children of Syria, many of who have fled to Europe and are often alone and parentless.
“The plight of these children is truly awful and I wanted to inspire compassionate action in the listener.”
Money raised from the competition fee went to charities working with children in Africa and South America.
World Citizen Artists works for change through creative endeavours, encouraging artists to promote awareness, positivity and unity through their work.
Abi’s song fitted their competition guidelines with themes of children and hope.
She said: “When I heard I had been placed sixth, I was dizzy with excitement.
“To use my work for good in the world is a great bonus, it is a wonderful place to start my first online presence as a songwriter and it shows my artistic direction.
“My greatest wish is to use my work to promote positive change.”
The wife of a care worker, and mum to two teenage boys, teaches music privately at home but has been tutored in song writing at a workshop in Eden Court.
Abi also worked with a Canadian producer online, who recommended her to Larry Hurley of Smileys Unique Music, Atlanta.
Mr Hurley immediately agreed to work with Abi “from the ground up”, and asked her to write down what success would look like as a songwriter.
She replied: “I want to use my songs for philanthropic purposes and earn a professional salary from my work.”
Abi has since been encouraged to keep writing poetic songs about war, love, nature, gratitude and transformation that make the listener feel, think or appreciate.
Spurred on by her recent success, Abi hopes to profit from her songs while reaching as many people as possible with her words.
She said: “I would dearly like to support my family so we are no longer dubbed by the Government as a JAM (Just About Managing). “My experience of poverty means I will always use my work to support others where I can.
“However, the most important thing is to sing, create and deliver from a place of sincerity and simplicity.
“I would love my work to be used in film and to write further material for humanitarian causes.
“In a small way the songs could create a little light in the world.”