The Apprentices – Rooty Hill RSL 27th May, 2013

The Apprentices

Collectively, Makaylie Foodey, Kaylah Anne, Georgia White and Hannah Smith are known as The Apprentices.  These young ladies were handpicked by the well respected and the very much in demand record producer Rod McCormick to create The Apprentices as a means of helping young artists reach a wider audience.

All four of them have superb voices and show a maturity beyond their years.  This was their first show that I had the pleasure of attending and The Waratah Room at the Rooty Hill RSL was the perfect venue to showcase the ability of The Apprentices and the quality of their music.

Each of the group are accomplished singers in their own rights and they each performed a solo set of 10 songs during the show with group performances between sets.

Georgia White was the first to perform a solo set which including 4 Non Blondes“What’s Up, Carrie Underwood’s “I Told You So”The Wreckers’ “Crazy People” and some amazing original songs  that she wrote or co-wrote “Cry Cry Cry”, “Mesmerise” and “All the Wrong Reasons”.  Georgia’s voice, especially on “Cry Cry Cry” and “All the Wrong Reasons” can transport you back to the era of Patsy Cline.  It was a very polished performance by very talented young woman.

Georgia White

All four artists were back on stage to perform the Beatles’ classic “Come to Together” which was well received by the audience and demonstrated how they can perform together as a group.

Kaylah Anne was next to perform her solo set and opened it with an original song “Wild Side” from the Apprentices’ debut album which was released at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, 2011.  Kaylah then performed my favourite song from The Wreckers “Leave the Pieces” followed by Rod Stewart’s “First Cut is the Deepest” and then another original from the debut album “Four Leaf Clover”.  Kaylah’s talent continued to shine as she performed her own song about the regrets of a young girl “Losing What I Never Had”.  I really enjoyed Kaylah’s version of Kasey Chamber’s “Guilty as Sin” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”.  “Deadweight” from the latest album was my favourite song of Kaylah’s and I can see her with a big future in the music industry.

Kaylah Anne

Next to perform a solo act was Makaylie Foodey who has not only written her own songs but has recently co-written a song which appears on Gina Jeffries latest album.  Makaylie opened the set with her first single “Butterflies” and then continued to impress as she performed another 9 songs from Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”.  Makaylie also performed her own songs including “Light a Match”, “Take it Back” and “Walk on By Again” which are a country/pop blend of music and highlighted not only her vocal talents but her song writing ability.

Makaylie Foodey

The Apprentices then performed their own version of the Doobie Brothers’ classic hit “Listen to Music” before Hannah Smith commenced her set.  Hannah is a big fan of the Dixie Chicks and included great versions of “Good Bye Earl” and “Travelling Soldier” in her set.  It was a varied set and included a number of original songs, “Blood is Thicker than Water”, “The Ghost of You” and “Losing Faith”. “Losing Faith” is about dealing with her grandmother’s dementia and it’s a prime example of her song writing skills whilst also showing a maturity not normally displayed by someone so young.   Hannah finished her set with Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colours” and another of my favourite songs, Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman”.

Hannah Smith

The final song performed by The Apprentices was Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” which was a fitting song to finish the performance with as they genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the show.

The Apprentices 2

Overall, the performance was one that would encourage fans to see them again and buy their music, I know that I did and have since listened to the Light a Match album quite a few times.  They may have to consider changing their name in the near future as I think that they have already  served their apprenticeship and are streets ahead of a lot of performers their age.

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