Brianna Hedley wants to be the next Lorde.
The ambitious 10-year-old has been singing since she was a
toddler and is honing her voice by singing at rest-homes
around her home town of Gore, with high hopes of reaching
stardom like her idol.
And given her recent competition successes, it appears to be
Already, she has been a finalist in the 2013 Gold Guitar
junior country rock category, she teamed with Dunedin
9-year-old Jayden Jesudhass to win the 2013 Gold Guitar
junior duet; and earlier this year won the junior country
rock, the junior solo and the junior overall categories at
the Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards in Blenheim.
Brianna's name has spread in country music circles, to the
extent she was asked to guest-star at the Silverpeaks Country
Music Club Country Hoedown at Wingatui Racecourse at the
weekend, along with the likes of Reg McTaggart, Melissa
Partridge and Nic Leeden.
She was one of about 300 people who attended the two-day
event which included showcases, blackboard performers during
which members of the public could get on stage and try their
hand at singing a country song, and an evening dance.
Club president Arthur Bouman said the event attracted
performers from as far away as Auckland, and he was delighted
with the turnout.
He said the event was traditionally held at the North Taieri
Tavern, but was moved to Wingatui Racecourse this year to
cope with the growing amount of participation in recent