Angela Arduca records a new rendition of anthem

Aussie pride: Cecil Park's Angela Arduca has recorded a new rendition of Advance Australia Fair for Fairfield Council. Picture: Simon Bennett

Aussie pride: Cecil Park's Angela Arduca has recorded a new rendition of Advance Australia Fair for Fairfield Council. Picture: Simon Bennett

CECIL Park's Angela Arduca will always have a soft spot for the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair.

The 17-year-old was approached by Fairfield Council to sing her own version of the song to a backing track at the Australia Day Citizenship Awards presentations in January.

She sang it so well, it prompted the council to launch a locally produced version of the anthem.

The year 12 Freedom Catholic College school student said she was thrilled.

"I felt so honoured and flattered when the council asked me if I was interested in doing a recording," she said.

"I've never done a recording before so I was really, really excited."

Local record producer Phil Anquetil, from the independent British music publishing, production and artist development company Phrased Differently, was also approached by the council to mix the music and record Angela's vocals.

In June, Mr Anquetil met with Angela and gave her guidance with the recording.

"We added in different harmonies and took the song to a different level," Angela said.

Added to the recording is a didgeridoo, which is played by Daniel McPherson.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone described Angela's rendition of our national song as "spectacular".

"It's difficult to convey just how good it is," he said.

"I suppose you could say that Angela has the 'X Factor' and, with Phil working his magic, the song has the 'wow' factor!

"Advance Australia Fair instils pride when we sing it, but Fairfield residents can be filled with even more pride when they hear this version knowing it's a quality, local production."

The song was launched at last night's ordinary council meeting and will now be played at all the council's official functions and events.

To hear Angela's rendition of Advance Australia Fair, click here.

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