Chantelle Santos is on the verge of getting her big break.
The 17-year-old singer has been chosen as one of 20 Higher School Certificate (HSC) students to perform at Encore next year.
Encore celebrates young talent discovered by HSC examiners throughout music performances across the state.
Chantelle said she was ecstatic to be chosen as one of the performers.
“When I found out I was actually on the way to a Catholic youth festival and I started shaking and screaming on the bus,” she said.
“Everyone was asking me what was wrong.
“It was so great to be chosen as one of the 20 performers.”
The Mount Carmel Catholic College student will have the chance to perform in front of industry professionals at the Sydney Opera House on February 19.
Chantelle started singing from a young age but didn’t start singing competitively until 2012.
“I just love singing and being on the stage,” she said.
“I feel happier when I am on stage – more free.”
Chantelle sang four songs for her HSC performance which were Something’s Got A Hold On Me by Etta James, Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, I’m Changing by Jennifer Hudson and Don’t Forget Me by Katherine McPhee.
“The judges chose Bang Bang for me to perform at Encore,” she said.
“I think because it is so versatile because it involves both singing and rapping.
“I am looking forward to singing at the Opera House – it has always been one of my goals, but I am very nervous.”
Chantelle said her parents were delighted with her achievements.
“They were ecstatic when I told them,” she said.
“They were really happy for me.
“I just want to say a huge thank you to them for supporting me.
“I want to thank my teachers and principal as well.”
The avid singer hopes to continue performing in future.
“I have been offered a scholarship for JMC Academy (a college specialising in creative industries),” Chantelle said.