CHRISTINE Anu arrived in the Whitsundays just a few short days ago in preparation for the Whitsunday LIVE concerts at Bowen and Airlie Beach.
The ARIA award-winning artist has been busy rehearsing with students from the Whitsunday Christian College and Bowen and Proserpine State High Schools ahead of her highly anticipated performances at the Bowen Soundshell on Friday, September 28 and Airlie Beach market area on Saturday, September 29.
Anu, who will perform three numbers including one finale song with the entire cast, said she was thrilled to be asked to participate in the venture by the Queensland Music Festival (QMF) team who have organised the concerts as part of the overarching Whitsunday Cultural Festival.
"I really liked the idea of having a bit more of a personal role to play," she said.
"I was really chuffed about being approached and asked to take on that sort of mentoring position."
Anu's advice to the students she will be performing with was to be persistent and work for their dreams.
"Your dreams are great to have, but they don't just happen over night," she said.
"You've got to be open to change and learning and progress, so whatever they want to get out of my brain during that time - that's what I'm there for. I can only give according to what experience I've had and hopefully it's something the kids will find helpful."
Anu said the concerts were really about her complimenting the students with their songs and routines and connecting through music.
While she wasn't giving much away about specific song choices she did note the significance to the Whitsundays of one of her signature songs 'My Island Home'.
"It may be performed for me," she said.