Busselton Senior High School year 12 student and songstress Maya Ixchell has just released her first single Forever ends here just before her 18th birthday.
The talented teen was influenced by another band with the same name, she thought about what the phrase meant and the heartbreaking message behind their name.
“I thought I would write from that perspective and see what comes out of it, and so came the song,” she said.
Maya has been working on the single since last year and had an opportunity to record it earlier this year with Yallingup producer Sean Lillico.
“It was quite a process it took a whole day to go through everything,” she said.
For Maya, the process was interesting, she went through the different layers of music and recorded parts of the song which were used in the background on the single.
“It was really interesting doing the harmonies and backing vocals I felt like I had my own little choir going on,” she said.
“Sean did most of the instruments which was really cool, I was so impressed with how he did it all.
“I had basic stuff I wrote on the piano, I don’t play the piano so it was basic cords and then he developed it more and made it sound cooler.
“I had no idea what to expect, but I definitely like how the song turned out.”
On Monday evening Maya’s song was sitting at number 61 on the iTunes chart for singer songwriters, right behind Australian musician Xavier Rudd who was number 60.
The single was released on Saturday.
Maya discovered a love for singing when she was eight-years old – it was her Abba Singstar game she used to play endlessly as child.
When her mum Wendy Slee realised her daughter could sing she decided to get her singing lessons then a gift voucher to attend Rock and Roll High in Bunbury.
“I really like writing songs and singing them,” she said.
Maya’s love of performing live has seen the teen already open for big Australian acts such as the Hoodoo Gurus and John Stevens, as well as, playing at the Nannup Music Festival.
To listen to Maya’s single head over to her Facebook page where you can find the links to her song facebook.com/mayaixchell/. The song is available online at music platforms.