Success at music awards
A bunch of talented Matamata singers have pulled out all the stops.
Six Matamata Country Music Club members brought home a raft of titles from the 30th annual Redstar Junior and Intermediate Country Music Award held at Matamata’s Memorial Centre on April 11.
Singers came from all over the country to audition with two or three finalists then announced for each section.
Every one of the Matamata singers who took part walked away with an award.
Through the Redstar awards, there is also a merit section which is for beginners new to competing and who haven’t won a section at an awards before.
‘‘ It introduces them to performing which is really good,’’ Matamata Country Music Club president Lee Johns said.
From the awards, Haley Cole has qualified for the October 3 Entertainer of the Year awards in Rotorua.
The club’s youngest member, Lucy Lawrence, 8, won the Stage Mum Encouragement trophy.
Johns said it was neat to see the youngsters grow over time.
confidence.’’ She said the proud of achievements.
‘‘I was especially proud of how they encouraged and supported the other competitors. They make great friends through country music awards,’’ Johns said.
‘‘Matamata has always had a reputation for being a club that’s quite strong with their young people. We’re quite lucky we’ve got those young ones who are going to work their way through.’’ club was very the group’s
Johns said this was a focus of the new committee, to encourage the new members of the club.
‘‘ The awards are a great opportunity for people to extend themselves a little bit more. You learn lots from different people. It’s quite an encouraging environment.’’
Matamata Country Music Club results
Merit section: Junior Gospel – Kaylee Johns ( winner); Entertainer of the Year section: Junior Female Solo – Haley Cole (winner); Junior Gospel: Haley Cole (winner), Jade O’Brien ( runner- up); Junior Male Solo: Caleb Lawrence (winner); Open Western: Haley Cole ( runner- up); Songwriter section: Haley Cole (winner); Crowd Pleaser Trophy: Neive Lawrence; Band Choice Trophy: Caleb Lawrence; Stage Mum Encouragement Trophy: Lucy Lawrence; Junior Overall: Haley Cole; Highest points for Matamata competitor: Haley Cole.
Matamata Country Music Club members, from back left, Hayley Cole, Neive Lawrence, Caleb Lawrence, Jade O’Brien, Lucy Lawrence and Kaylee Johns with the haul of trophies the club won at the Redstar Junior and Intermediate Country Music Awards on April 11.