Young singer wins the top coun­try en­ter­tainer award

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Te Awa­mutu singer­song­writer Ha­ley Cole is buzzing af­ter win­ning the New Zealand Coun­try Mu­sic En­ter­tainer of the Year award in the in­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion this month.

The awards were held at Bay­court Com­mu­nity & Arts Cen­tre in Tau­ranga.

The 16-year-old Te Awa­mutu Col­lege stu­dent says there was stiff com­pe­ti­tion in all four sec­tions.

“I felt hum­bled to take out the over­all in­ter­me­di­ate prize,” she says.

Ha­ley says her love of coun­try mu­sic started when she went to her first coun­try mu­sic club in Te Awa­mutu at seven.

Since then she has en­tered var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions around the coun­try and re­leased a self-ti­tled demo al­bum with Mill Cor­ner Record­ing Stu­dios.

Af­ter her re­cent win, Ha­ley was in­vited to be a guest artist in the New Zealand show­case at the renowned Nor­folk Is­land Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in May next year.

Last year she was one of four New Zealan­ders cho­sen to com­pete at the fes­ti­val’s Trans-Tas­man En­ter­tainer of the Year.

This time around she is look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the stage as an artist.

Ha­ley is also per­form­ing at this week­end’s Branded Coun­try Mu­sic Te Awa­mutu Spring Hoe-Down in the Te Awa­mutu Sport and Recre­ation Club.

The three-day event starts with an open mic night on Fri­day and guest artists from 4pm to 10pm.

Satur­day is a 10am-10pm all-day af­fair and from 9.30am-1pm on Sun­day there is a gospel con­cert, with open mic and guest slots as well.

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