‘It’s all I want to do’

IF the future pans out the way Mildura teenager Todd Griffiths hopes, he will be a solo performing artist.

Aspirations: Todd Griffiths, 16, has impressed with his sole acoustic performances in his fledgling music ventures. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The 16-year-old is gaining recognition in Sunraysia music circles for his acoustic guitar and singing performances.

The Year 10 Chaffey Secondary College student picked up the six-string at age 10, and began singing just two years ago.

He already has a number of performances under his belt at the Sunraysia Musician’s Club, Mildura Eisteddfod, Mildura Show and Relay for Life.

“I know it is a hard thing to make a career out of, but at the moment it’s all I can think about doing,” Todd said of his music.

“It’s the best feeling when you’re up there performing and people are enjoying your performances.

“You do get nervous because you care about what you’re playing and the reaction you will get.”

On his 16th birthday earlier this year, Todd’s mum Kaye organised a surprise performance for her son at The Office where the family would be together for dinner.

The Griffiths family snuck his guitar into the venue without him noticing and when Todd was called out by regular performer Sandy Worrall, he joined her for a 45-minute set in front of an appreciative crowd.

Todd – also a talented footballer for the Mildura under 18s – cites Ed Sheeran, Matt Corby and South African performer Matthew Mole as his musical influences.

However, it was someone closer to him who helped him embark down the musical path.

“My uncle was my very first guitar teacher and I’m glad he was there to help me when it was hard to keep at it,” Todd said.

“I knew how to play guitar so I thought about singing for something extra.

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