5 March, 2024

Moreton Bay local on Australian Idol stage

Bribie Island resident Kiani Smith has made it into the Top 10 artists competing for Australian Idol 2024, with her cover performance of Sia’s Cheap Thrills securing her spot last Tuesday (February 27).

17-year-old Kianai Smith makes it to the Top 10 of Australian Idol.
17-year-old Kianai Smith makes it to the Top 10 of Australian Idol.

Under the stage name Kiani Jazz, she has been playing and performing gigs up and down the Australian east coast and working alongside Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism.

Her hard work and dedication have ultimately led her to the Australian Idol 2024 stage, an accomplishment she describes as “surreal”, especially given she is the youngest competitor in the Top 10.

“Going into this show it was a mix of emotions, and every time I progress it gets harder,” she said.

“I’m honestly so proud of myself for making it this far, and especially being the youngest on the show now.

“I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am today, and knowing that I’ve come this far in the show is such a great feeling, knowing that I’ve accomplished so much.”

The 17-year old said being able to perform in front of “such an amazing crowd” and meeting new people have been some of the highlights of her American Idol experience, while hoping to get a recording contract with Sony and buy her dream car if she wins (a Suzuki Jimny).

Kiani’s musical influences come from Noah Kahan and Tash Sultana, with Kahan being her favourite artist.

She started taking her passion for music seriously and picking up a guitar at age seven, knowing since then she wanted to pursue a musical career.

“I felt so comfortable in music, I’ve always had a passion and love for it,” she said.

“When I was younger I was always searching for my hobby, till I came across music.

“Since then it’s been my life, and I couldn’t be happier about it!”

While performing and competing are her main passions, she also loves writing and recording her original songs, hoping to continue her musical career regardless of the outcomes of the competition.

Kiani concluded her interview by giving some advice and inspirational words to other aspiring artists.

“Grab every chance you get. The music industry can be very difficult and challenging at times, but giving it your all and staying true to yourself will always help in accomplishing what you set your mind to,” she said.

“I really hope I can show and prove that it’s more than possible to go for what you set your mind to. Don’t ever hold back, or feel as though it’s impossible, follow your dreams, nothing is impossible, everything happens for a reason!”

We wish Kiani the best of luck in the competition and her musical career!

FOOTNOTE: At the time of publication the Top 8 competitors have not been selected yet.


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