Shar­ing love of mu­sic

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Jade O’Brien loves noth­ing more than to sing with her koro.

It was her koro and nan, Sel­wyn and Karyn Ran­gi­tu­tia and mum Lyn­lee Maber who nur­tured her love of singing.

The ten-year-old has just won ju­nior over­all, in the Red Star Coun­try Mu­sic Awards.

This ac­co­lade means she is now el­i­gi­ble to en­ter NZ Coun­try Mu­sic En­ter­tainer of the Year in Oc­to­ber.

She also won ju­nior gospel and ju­nior fe­male solo and run­ner up in open coun­try rock and open western.

She won the Tui Puriri Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the band se­lec­tion of the day. Jade is a mem­ber of both Mata­mata and South Waikato Coun­try Mu­sic Clubs.

The bub­bly young girl sings and plays gui­tar, just like Koro, with whom she shares a very spe­cial bond.

‘‘I am so lucky to have him in my life, he is such a tal­ented man and has a great smile,’’ she says.

Jade was singing be­fore she could talk. She got her first gui­tar at age three.

Jade shares her love of mu­sic with her broth­ers Tyler and Chace, who, much like her, were in­flu­enced by their mum, koro and nan.

Tyler sings and plays gui­tar and drums, Chace is learn­ing drums and the ukelele.

Karyn says Jade is a ver­sa­tile singer.

She loves all mu­sic from Car­rie Un­der­wood, Demi Lo­vato and Tay­lor Swift, through to old­school coun­try singers like Johnny Cash.

She per­formed Johnny Cash’s clas­sic Fol­som Prison Blues at the Red Star Awards fi­nals.

‘‘My favourite singer is Adele, if I sang as a pro­fes­sional, I would want to sing like her.’’

Jade sings cov­ers, but as­pires to one day write and record her own songs.

After five years of stage per­form­ing Jade says the nerves don’t set in as much.

How­ever, she did feel ner­vous at the Red Star Awards.

‘‘I was very ner­vous, and after a cou­ple of sec­tions, I was very tired. It was a very fun day, but a long day.’’

Mata­mata Coun­try Club mem­ber Amelia Rose Tap­pin won ju­nior over­all run­ner-up, Ha­ley Cole won for the song writ­ing sec­tion.

At 15-years-old, Ha­ley is the youngest ever com­peti­tor in the Trans-Tas­man En­ter­tainer of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, held in Nor­folk Is­land next month.

Vice cap­tain Chase Pauro and tour cap­tain Grae­son Tani­rau.

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