Micks music video message
A MESSAGE of love, hope and healing written to an upbeat soundtrack by country music singer-songwriter Michaela Cook has already captivated more than 200,000 people on social media with its stunning imagery of the Whitsundays including glittering seas and world-class beaches.
The new single, 'Everything Will Be Alright', was filmed in the Whitsundays three months after Cyclone Debbie, and Brisbane-based Michaela, or Micks as she is affectionately known, said yesterday she was on a high as the response so far had been "overwhelming".
In fact Micks said she was passionate about inspiring people in the region not to give up while rebuilding their lives after the cyclone, and she was keen to plan a tour and perform in the area.
The music video features Micks on Whitehaven Beach, climbing the rocks at Cedar Creek Falls, and enjoying a bonfire at Hydeaway Bay.
Micks, whose style and vocals have often been compared to Taylor Swift, said she wanted to show support, boost morale and tell people that "no matter what they are facing right now, everything will be alright".
Micks said music was a healer as "it gives you hope and something to believe in".
She said she knew that while many of the superficial scars inflicted after Cyclone Debbie had healed` and many businesses were open again, she was concerned about the psychological effects on people who had endured the natural disaster and she wanted to dedicate a song to the region.
"Above all, I was deeply moved by the people I met in the Whitsundays during the filming of my new video clip. It was heart-warming to see their pride in their home town and I could feel the strong sense of community," she said.
Micks said success to her meant looking at the positive influence she could have on someone's life.
"If I can help just one person, or if just one more traveller books a flight and returns to the region, I will consider myself a success," she said.
Micks, an independent songwriter who filmed her new song in conjunction with Tourism and Events Queensland, has recently completed a Bachelor of Communications, has a following of more than 100,000 on social media and is committed to pushing the boundaries for young people enthusiastic about the country music genre.
- You can read amazing stories of hope and inspiration in our special publication, Defying Debbie.
Featuring heroes who helped overcome adversity in March and April, this gloss 132-page book costs just $7.50 and all of the proceeds of the sale will help our regions rebuild.
The money will be donated to the charity Givit.org.au, which is delivering goods and services to those in need in both states.
Produced by the Whitsunday Times and News Regional Media, with the support of Suncorp, the book follows Debbie's trail from Bowen to Lismore and features the stories of the State Emergency Service, first responders, the armed forces, volunteers, and especially everyday people who stepped up in a time of need.
The devastating winds and consequent floods left 10 dead and one missing and cost more than $1 billion dollars.
Debbie crossed the coastline of Queensland on March 28 but even after its initial rampage which battered Bowen, Mackay and the Whitsundays, the ex-tropical cyclone continued to cause havoc as it dumped massive amounts of rain through South-East Queensland and into Northern News South Wales.
Despite all it could throw at us we stepped up and there have been some astounding tales of heroism.
Make sure you pick up your copy from a Whitsunday newsagents or by calling 1300 361 604 to order direct over the phone (between 8am-5pm Monday to Friday). Please note a $4 postage fee applies for phone orders.