ELLIE Barkla doesn't consider herself an average 16-year-old.
While most teenagers are swooning over boy bands or watching the latest Miley Cyrus film clip, Ellie is listening to something a bit more old school.
"Cry Me a River (by Julie London) and Fever (by Peggy Lee) are the songs I listen to," Ellie said.
"In comparison to what other people my age listen to it's different."
This weekend Ellie will be a featured performer at the Mainstream Jazz Jam in Castlemaine.
The Jazz Jam works to promote young talent and give people experience in singing in front of a crowd.
Ellie got her chance when she wowed audiences at the Jazz Jam's last open mike night.
"I decided to get up and give it a go and they asked me to sing four songs at the next one," she said.
"I've always liked singing and get encouragement from family and friends but I was shocked when (the audience) gave me such a good response."
Ellie has been singing since 2009 when she started taking lessons at school.
The performance that impressed Castlemaine jazz aficionados was the first time on stage by herself.
"The best thing about it is watching people start to go quiet as you sing a song," she said.
"Dad was my main influence in terms of music.
"From a really young age we would sit around and dance horribly to what he was playing. It was all the corny stuff like Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
"He is my main to go to man."
Ellie will start the proceedings at 3.30pm on this Sunday at The Comma, corner of Forest and Hargraves Streets in Castlemaine.
But Ellie is also focused on her schooling and isn't relying on a career in music.
"It’s a bit of a tumultuous industry but may as well give it a shot or I'll never know," she said.
Jazz continues to feature in central Victoria over the next week before blues takes over.
The Royal Jellies will bring a combination of traditional jazz and contemporary pop the The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine on Thursday.
The Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival runs from November 7 to 10.