Living a dream
It's never easy to leave your home country when you are only 17, but Amy Pearson was ready to go anywhere to fulfil her dream of being a singer.
Pearson grew up in Birmingham and never had a doubt as to what she wanted to do with her life. She began to sing when she was three years old, wrote her first song at six and made her first demo at 13.
'When I was young, I would work for five days and be in the studio for two. During those times, I would travel to London and do shows, hoping to get spotted,' the 22-year-old recalls.
While working at a production company in 2003, Pearson came to the attention of Gary Barlow - singer and songwriter of pop group Take That. He introduced her to the music industry and Pearson moved to Australia.
Pearson says when she was offered the record deal, the only thing she thought of was becoming a singer. 'Yes, I'll be there, whatever it takes.'
Pearson's debut album, Who I Am, is a soulful personal diary of her journey into womanhood and her travels around the world.
'All the songs are about my personal experiences. At first it seemed like a good idea, now I feel like everybody knows everything about me,' she says with a laugh.
'But that's ok. I'd rather sing from the heart, because you have to sing a song over and over again for a long time. If it didn't mean something to me, I'd get bored with it quickly.'
The multi-talented musician, who plays the piano, guitar and clarinet, says she came up with the album because she had no one to talk to or anyone that understood her. She wrote the lyrics to express herself.
So far, she has written more than 70 songs.
Although she still misses her family and friends terribly, Pearson says she loves her new life in sunny Australia.
'I miss home, and I missed my brother growing up, which is tough. But I'm really enjoying my career now.'