Award-winning songwriter, Felicity Dowd wrote Blue Skies in response to the natural disasters that Australians have lived through including drought, floods and cyclones. The Year 12 student had been waiting for the right time and song to go into the recording studio to lay down her debut single and, following the NSW bushfires a year ago, Felicity decided the time was right.
It’s not just about getting her new music out there, either—Felicity is raising money for the Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund through the sales of the single. “I lived in Cobargo for five years and seeing what they went through, the town has a lot of meaning for me,” she said. “I have lots of friends who live there who were impacted by the fires, it was the first place I ever busked and Cobargo Folk Festival was the first place I ever performed.”
After Blue Skies won the 2020 Tamworth Songwriting Association Talent Quest (Youth Category), Felicity used the prize money towards the recording of the single. The talented artist added to these wins in 2021, taking home the John P Toomey Commemorative Award for Youth Songwriting at the Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards for When the Party is Over and the Garry Koehler Commemorative Award, also at the TSAs, for Novice Songwriting for her new single, Blue Skies.