Suc­cess at mu­sic awards

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

‘‘A lot

of

it

is

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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