Congratulations Amy Gray - Hear them Roar

Congratulations to the talented and accomplished Amy Gray, Owner/Director of Lil’ Melodies and Founder of Marvelous Max. Amy has been selected to feature in the Women in Business HEAR THEM ROAR video series, celebrating high achieving local business women.

Amy opened Lil’ Melodies in 2012 after leaving her full time Public Service position of eleven years. Amy has always had a strong passion for music and created Lil’ Melodies to provide quality inclusive music and movement programs for children 0-7 years, regardless of background and ability. Starting with just 28 students, Lil’ Melodies has seen significant growth over the last 3.5 years and now sees over 200 students per term. To broaden her niche market, Amy created a fun ukulele chord based program for children 7-12 years and beginner ukulele workshops for adults. Amy also creates music programs for childcare centres, public schools, holiday care centres and offers outreach programs to disability support centres (such as KEIS).

In 2015 & 2016 Amy was awarded ‘Maestro of early childhood music education’ by Kindermusik International for excellence in teaching and was announced as one of the fastest growing Kindermusik studios in Australia and in the top 5% of the world.

Amy was also awarded Bronze (3rd place) in 2014 and 2015 for Business Service and Business Excellence in the National St George Banking Ausmumpreneur Awards. Amy then went on to feature in the 2014 Ausmumpreneur book ‘How to Create Your Own Successful & Profitable Business from Home’ as a contributing author.

Amy is an active advocate for those living on the Autism Spectrum after her 8-year old son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. In 2013 & 2014 Amy organised the ‘Light it up blue’ for Autism gala ball and raised over $30,000 for the Kurrajong Early Intervention service which went towards their first lot of extensions.

In 2015, Amy founded the Marvelous Max project, an Autism awareness campaign aimed at primary school kids. Consisting of a three minute animated video and a teacher’s kit for primary schools to register, download and facilitate the program, Marvelous Max has been seen in over 200 schools across Australia and is now showing in four other countries.

Amy was nominated for an Above & Beyond Award in the Autism Spectrum Australia Recognition Awards in 2015 for her contributions and work. Wagga.TV will produce Amy’s video story in coming months for cinematic release later in the year.

Stay tuned for more announcements about the women who have been selected to participate in this fantastic initiative.

Cristy Houghton

Embarketing, 48 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.