Ipswich has got Spark!
LEADING Ipswich soprano Krystel Spark is singing up a storm.
Krystel sang a carol called My Grown Up Christmas List to win the A Star is Born title. A lot of thought went into her choice.
"It shows off the potential of my voice and it is quite a lovely song," she said.
"It is about reflecting on your childhood and discovering the true meaning of Christmas."
Krystel, 19, has a voice that is known as "a soprano with a belt". She can certainly belt out a number.
Krystel said music was a huge part of her life.
"I am studying early childhood education at the Australian Catholic University and I am a music teacher on the side.
"I do gigs when they come up and competitions around Ipswich. I started singing lessons when I was five, and when I was 17 I started teaching.
"I've done musicals, performances and eisteddfods all my life. I enjoy lots of different genres. I am really into musical theatre and I love classical music as well.
"I have been brought up with classical music in my training and I sing in the Orpheus Choir now which is very classically based. I just have a love for it."
Krystel sang the national anthem prior to this year's Intrust Super Cup grand final in Ipswich where she wowed the crowd, and played a role in the musical How to Succeed in Business at the Civic Centre.
Krystel is no fan of shows like X Factor and The Voice and has no plans to audition for them.
"I don't tend to watch those shows. I think they are manufactured," she said.
"But I am obsessed with a musical TV show called Smash that is based on the life of Marilyn Monroe."
Krystel and Star is Born junior winner Gemma Johnston will now sing at the Mayor's Carols by Candlelight on December 7.