Dunedin singer-songwriter Jayden Jesudhass performs at the 2014 Capital Country Music Association's 48th National Talent Quest in Tamworth, Australia. Photo supplied.
A Dunedin 9-year-old has finished runner-up in an
international songwriting competition, despite his main
rivals being adults.
Singer-songwriter Jayden Jesudhass returned from the Capital
Country Music Association's 48th National Talent Quest in
Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, yesterday having
finished not only runner-up in the junior male vocal and open
instrumental categories, but also in the open songwriting
His mother, Lien Trinh, said in an email from Tamworth of all
three prizes, the songwriting section was the most amazing
one as the competition was very strong.
Jayden had to send a CD of his original song Yellow
Barn to Tamworth, and was selected from 27 contestants of
all ages to perform it at the competition.
''Eventually winning the second prize was simply
unimaginable,'' Ms Trinh said.
Jayden was due to arrive back in Dunedin last night and will
perform his original song in a concert at 1pm today at Toitu
Otago Settlers Museum.
The concert was intended to show his appreciation of the
financial support from the public, which allowed him to go to