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It was only in year 13 that I really got into music again."For 15 months, she was the lead singer of a Cambridge-based band called Contrast Theory.
However, it was in 2011 that her brother, in a stunning show of sibling largesse, shouted her some recording and production time in York Street Studios in Auckland that she was "bitten by the industry bug" and things began to take off.
I'll definitely be mixing and mingling with the right people."If the main thing I get out of it is some industry contacts, it will have been totally worthwhile.
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It's a highlight on what is already proving a memorable career.
Saxton began to write songs when she was 13, initially with a cousin she performed gigs with."There's been quite a lot of music in my life, although all the way through school at Cambridge High, I was mostly a sporty person.
While there, she will take part in a mentoring programme with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, a 10-time Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, songwriter and vocalist who has worked with the world's top performers, including Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
The Isina mentorship programme is a kind of talent incubator in which budding musicians are domiciled in a lavish Beverley Hills mansion while they undergo an intensive training course under the guidance of some of the industry's elite.
While she is in Los Angeles she has already arranged to work with former American Idol finalist Jesse Lyons on an original collaboration, outside of her time at the mansion."Even if I don't come out on top in the Isina programme, it will still be an amazing and valuable experience for me.
There are additional training sessions in live performance, and even lessons in how to get the most out of photo shoots.
Saxton is so far the only New Zealander selected for the course, alongside young musicians from Australia, India, the UK, Russia and the US.
Those applying can submit demo tracks to the site, which are then appraised by the programme's facilitators.
Thirty applicants are selected for each six-monthly intake and the student deemed to have excelled the most earns a recording and distribution deal through Universal Music.