Monique unleashes music on world

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She’s already well known around Broome for her impressive covers and plethora of gigs throughout Broome and Derby but Monique Le Lievre’s career has continued to flourish.

Le Lievre, pictured, took part in a newly developed music mentorship program that was specifically tailored to Kimberley women in music, resulting in the official release of her first original song.

Under the mentorship of fellow local musician Tanya Ransom, Le Lievre and Fitzroy Crossing-based Adele Oliver took part in several workshops together to finesse the original songs each were working on.

Le Lievre said it all started when she was “tagged in a Facebook post”.

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“APRA AMCOS created this women in music mentorship program and it was the first time they offered the program in Broome with Tanya Ransom as the mentor,” she said.

“I thought it would a good idea to apply, so I just went ahead and did it.

“We met up regularly and recorded our songs and Tanya really helped us through the process of recording a song and how to really use social media and distributors to your advantage.

“There’s so much digital admin stuff to do these days.”

Since taking part in the program, Le Lievre released her debut single, Song for Mary, and held several gigs around the West Kimberley to launch and promote the single.

Le Lievre said she was “pretty stoked” to have an original song out there after “talking about it” for quite some time.

“I had been talking for quite a few years and the action was way overdue,” she said.

“I’m very pleased to finally have my own music out there and I can’t wait to get on to the next project as soon as possible and keep the momentum going.

“Ideally, I would like to set some time to record an EP.”

Reflecting on the program, Le Lievre said the women in music mentorship program was something that was needed.

“Women have been somewhat under-represented for quite a while but it has been gradually getting better,” she said.

“I think it’s really great that there’s these structures in place to help out women and even the rural scene.

“Living in a regional town has its own challenges where you don’t have the same access to resources to those living in big cities.

“It’s really lovely that we had Tanya and I can see we’re all going to build our own little network.”

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