Solo-duo category winner Sofia Machray. Photo by Alastair
Rising talent Sofia Machray (14) has proved she has what
it takes by winning the solo-duo section of the Central Otago
The Wakatipu High School pupil wowed judges and fans at last
Thursday's Central Otago regional final in Wanaka, also
picking up the Women's Musicianship and People's Choice
Sofia said she was surprised with how well she did.
''It hasn't really sunk in yet. It's amazing,'' she said.
The folk musician revealed that at one stage nerves almost
got the better of her.
''I was so nervous backstage, but when I was on stage it
wasn't that bad.''
Sofia has been playing the guitar since she was 7 and started
writing her own songs a few weeks before the competition.
A songwriting course with Queenstown singer-songwriter Holly
Arrowsmith inspired Sofia to follow her passion.
Now she has to focus her attention on making a video for the
next round of judging.
''We've got three weeks to do it. I think I'll get my sister
to film because she has a pretty good camera.''
Several other bands and artists from Wakatipu High entered
the competition, including the Fiends, Concrete Jumble, Love
Lost Demons, Simple Function, Coins, duo Isabella Reid and
Lucy Nicol and solo artist Angus Reid.
Encompassing styles progressive psychedelic to a fusion mix
of jazz, rock and blues, the young musicians set out to
entertain the crowd and put their musical talents on display.
Isabella Reid and Lucy Nicol came second in the duo-solo
category, Coins picked up third place in the band category
and Love Lost Demons won the lyric award.
Many of the bands and artists had only a few weeks to prepare
for the competition as they had been involved in their high
''It's a busy town,'' Kirsty McCorkindale, of Love Lost
- Alastair Lynn