Judges take note of teen's song

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 14:48 05/03/2013
Georgia Nott
PATRICK HAMILTON/Fairfax NZ
RISING TALENT: Georgia Nott is in the finals of an international songwriting contest.

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Nelson teenager Georgia Nott is a finalist in the international songwriting competition that has helped to launch the careers of artists Gin Wigmore and Kimbra.

After hearing about the competition, Nott, 18, entered four songs into the Teen section last year. Of these, Golden Girl and Dark Side of Town made it through to the semifinals last week. The songs were selected from a range of demos recorded in Nott's bedroom with an audio program named GarageBand.

"I think I'm the only one in the finals that hasn't got a professional recording," she said. "I do demos in my room all the time so I just thought; ‘Well, why not?' and sent some through."

"Golden Girl is about an unrequited crush from long ago, while Dark Side of Town was written last year for a friend going through a hard time.

"They don't actually know I wrote it for them," Nott said. "I might have to tell them now."

She found out Golden Girl was one of 15 songs chosen for the finals from her mother last week, who called during an orientation-week tour of the campus at Auckland University, where she is studying. "Because I was on the tour I didn't have any of my friends around to tell at first."

She is enrolled for a Bachelor of Music majoring in pop. Former Peasants bandmates Joseph Corban-Banks, Chris Phillips and her brother, Caleb, are all studying nearby, although Nott thought she was the only one who chose to focus on performing.

If Golden Girl wins first prize, Georgia will receive a scholarship for a five-week summer performance programme at Berklee College of Music in Boston, America.

The competition is judged by industry leaders and artists who include Tom Waits, Nas and Janelle Monae. The winners will be announced in April or early May.

Georgia's song Better was also a finalist in the 2012 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition.

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