Lucy Kiely from Haberfield beat hundreds of entries in the international competition, Song for the Commonwealth, for her lyrics to be sung by choirs around the world during the official event.
Kiely, 30, saw the competition advertised online and told 9News it seemed like an “intriguing and unique opportunity.”
Little did she know she would be the winner of the competition.
“It’s still surprising to even think about,” Kiely said.
“It’s something you never imagine being chosen as the winner for.”
Kiely’s inspiration for the song was hope after the past trying two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My inspiration was to write a song that gave hope to people, everyone has had a troubling few years, I wanted something that gave hope and a message of positivity,” she said.
“The opening verse conjures images of a ship on troubled seas and having a guiding lighthouse that brings the ship safely back to shore.
“People can interpret that in any way they choose, that could be a person or a sense of direction or purpose.”
Her lyrics ‘A Life Lived With Grace’ will be performed by choirs and community singers across the UK and the Commonwealth countries as beacons are lit on June 2.
“It’s a moment to bring people together all across the world,” Kiely said.
Kiely has been invited to attend the celebrations in London.
“It’ll be a very proud moment,” she said.
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