Jazz Coogan returned from the World Championships of Performing Arts with three gold medals, two silver and an industry award.
Jazz Coogan returned from the World Championships of Performing Arts with three gold medals, two silver and an industry award. Lee Gailer

A song of hardship

CERTAINLY Jazz Coogan was inspired by the amazing talent she came up against at the World Championships of Performing Arts.

And there's no doubt Hollywood changed this teenager.

But those who presume the young singer-songwriter from Mothar Mountain is now star-struck after her trip to America can think again.

While Jazz secured three gold and two silver medals as well an industry award, the biggest impact on her was the hundreds of homeless people living on the streets of LA.

She is closer now to reaching her dream of an international recording career and can feel success at her fingertips.

But this is no longer the sole driving force behind her extraordinary level of commitment.

"I know that we have the same problem here in Australia but it is not as obvious," Jazz said.

"My goal is to raise $150,000 for the homeless by the end of next year."

Mum Julie chaperoned the 14-day trip to America and couldn't get over the experience of seeing her daughter reach out to strangers.

"It was so spontaneous. We started collecting food and would search for people that looked like they really needed it," she said.

Jazz entered five vocal categories with her self-penned originals at the nine-day talent competition and came away with awards for each.

She also caught the attention of a number of industry professionals who are now wooing her.

Jazz has her sights set on producing her own album and will take it one day at a time.

After all, she is now on a noble mission to help the homeless.

Gympie Times


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