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Singer and actress Sunny Koll talks about love of entertaining
Sunny Koll comes from a musical family. Growing up in Adelaide, she and her siblings learned piano from a young age. Music came very naturally to the Australian native, singing on stage for the first time at just five years old. As she aged, she wasn't an athlete or star student, but she found her calling in performing.

"One fateful day, comingback on the school bus from camp, we each took turns entertaining the class. Kids were telling jokes or little stories and I got up and taught an Israeli folk song. The following day back at school, a group of Grade 6 students came up annoyed that I had the lead in the Christmas play, which was news to me. The issue was I was Grade 5 and only older grades got the leads. As it worked out, the head of music was on the bus and the word on the street was I could sing. I took the solo to my 80-year-old piano teacher, who dressed like she'd come straight from Studio 54 and she got me to sing it. While singing she stopped me and said, 'Where did you get that?' I replied, 'The choir teacher.' 'Not the song,' she said, 'the voice,' and that was it. From then on I just knew" she recalled.

Now, Koll is an in-demand entertainer in Australia and abroad. Naturally, her love for performing extended beyond music, and as a sought-after actress, she has starred in films such as Zach's Story, television shows like Traffik, and on stage she stole audiences' hearts in her one woman show Between the Bars. However, music has always been her first love.

"The highlights for meare always after a good gig, when audience members are waiting to chat. It's then that I discover how a certain song or performance affected someone, why each project is important and how it nourished people. Then there's another moment, a little later, when the audience has left, the band's packing up and we're discussing life, the Universe and everything 42. This is when my soul is fat and full," she said.

Throughout her esteemed singing career, Koll has had many tremendous success' that many can only dream of. One such highlight came when she performed on Good Morning Australia, the country's longest running breakfast talk program, similar to the Americanized version where the hosts chat with guest about current events, punctuated with the nation's most prestigious musical acts and performances. Koll has performed on the show four times.

"GMA is aninstitution. Some of the biggest acts nationally and internationally are invited onto the show, so being asked to sing on it was an honor," said Koll.

Koll was always invited to sing on the show, an honor for the musician. She was consistently working with the country's best, including the host Bert Newton, an icon of Australian television. The rush of performing on live television in such a show was amazing for Koll.

"I grew up watching Bert Newton on TV and then to be on his show was a huge thrill," she said.

A similar feeling occurred when Koll's hit songwas chosen to be featured on the Underbelly soundtrack, one of Australia's highest rating crime series on television. The song was titled "Satisfied" from Koll's studio album "VAMP", which she wrote as well. Having her song played for the entire nation both on the show and through the soundtrack was exciting to say the least.

"At that point, no one knew Underbelly would become one of the most popular and well rated crime TV series in Australian history. I was thrilled to get "Satisfied" on a TV show, as the track was from my album VAMP, which was an independent release. I was doing everything to get the album out, "You Got The Love" was getting lots of radio play and I had signed a deal with Motorola, so this was another great step forward," said Koll.

The Motorola deal was the true kick starter for Koll's now industry leading career. She was the featured artist on handsets released across South East Asia. When Motorola was releasing an app, they approached Koll to be the featured artist. Her songs were used to demonstrate the music app on the phones. She was one of the first independent artists to achieve such a feat. 

"My music was imbedded in their handsets. This was a great win. When you're an indie artist, everything comes down to you and your hustle, then to have this come from left field was a great blessing, but it's all interconnected. I believe if you put in the work it comes back to you at some point," she said.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for Koll's latest works. Undoubtedly, whether she is in front of a camera or on stage, she shines.

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