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Talented Thirroul teen to launch his first album

WILL Haynes (pictured) is about to release his debut album, featuring 13 original songs written and produced by the 14 year old from Thirroul.

Will is a real go-getter. He used the Covid lockdowns to establish his own bakery business, ‘Matin’, and now has turned his hand to his first love, music.

The album, ‘changing?’ has been co-produced by established Sydney music producer Josh Cole.

The Smith’s Hill High School student has also gained the attention of well-known artists including Bella Taylor Smith, Budjerah and grentperez.

Visual artist Miranda Green has designed the album cover, and although Will played most of the instruments on the album, several Smith’s Hill musicians have also contributed to the project.

Will’s dad was a much-loved member of the Northern Illawarra community, passing away recently after a long battle with cancer, so this album has been an integral part of Will’s journey.

“Writing songs and creating music has helped me deal with my feelings,” Will said.

“It also helps me better-relate to people and most importantly, I love music, so it has been an incredibly rewarding process.

Will describes the album as a blend of pop, RnB and alternative styles.

“My favourite song is ‘stay with me’,” he said.

“My dad helped so much with this album but sadly he passed away before it was finished, so when we had lost him I added the final song, ‘plane crash’, which helped me deal with all those emotions.”

You can hear some of Will’s music at @willhaynesmusic on Instagram. His album ‘changing?’ will be launched at a sold-out event at Austinmer on November 19 prior to its launch on Spotify. The album will be available on this link:


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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