Country music awards loom
At age 16 Summer Ratima Thompson is well on her way to achieving singing success. Summer is competing in the New Zealand Country Music Awards this week at the Rotorua Convention Centre.
She will sing two songs where she will vie for the right to win the intermediate section. Summer will represent her music club Forestland Variety Music Club.
Summer who attends Forest View High School is excited about the awards.
‘‘I’m nervous and excited I can’t wait.’’
Forestland President Gaynor Ngapo is excited about Summer’s debut.
‘‘We are so proud of Summer, she’s a great entertainer and to have her represent our club nationally is just awesome.
‘‘We’ll all be there in support as she wows the crowd.’’
Summer has only been singing for a few years but already in this time has excelled, having partaken in Rockquest over the years and singing at church. She also plays a mean guitar with the support of her father Gordon Thompson another guitarist at Forestland Variety Music Club.
Gordon has been an inspiration to Summer and supports all she does.
Mentor and singing coach Keinan Ngapo expects great things from his talented student.
‘‘We’ve been working on the finer intricacies of her singing, her pitch, diction and clarity as well as stage presentation all of which you need to be at the top of your game in order to place in this prestigious award.’’
Having been a contestant numerous times in this award, Mr Ngapo is excited for Summer and the club.
‘‘We’ve not had a singer of this calibre make it in the finals since the 90s and so this will be a great event and spectacle to watch. We wish Summer all the best and know she will do well.’’
Summer would like to thank her family and the Forestland club for all their support.
The Entertainer of the Year Music Awards will be held Saturday November 26 in Rotorua.
CENTRE STAGE: Summer Ratima Thompson is displaying her singing prowess on a national stage.