Advice for Clara

18:38, Dec 03 2012
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Clara van Wel winner of Marlborough's got Talent
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Support: Clara van Wel lends a hand at John's Kitchen, her nominated charity for Stars in Your Eyes
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Business savvy: Members of the conceptual business team Puju, from left, Tahlia-Rose Simmonds, Ella Arnst, Laura McLeod, Julia Andrews and Clara van Wel, won the three-day business challenge brought to Marlborough Girls' College by Yolande Rosario, right, and Jared Tasker, front, from the Young Enterprise Trust.
Marlborough teenager Clara Van Wel has been crowned the inaugural winner of New Zealand's Got Talent.
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Top talent: Clara performs an original song, Where Do You Find Love?, after being announced winner of New Zealand’s Got Talent last night.
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Stars In Their Eyes competition June 2012: Clara van Wel as Ricki Lee Jones singing Chuck E's in Love.
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Lee Stewart and Clara van Wel singing their own composition in a fundraiser for Canterbury
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Friends Vicky Mack, Olivia Sheat and Clara van Wel entertain the residents at Waterlea Rest home in August 2011.
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The Classic Hits Winery Tour 2012: Clara van Wel performs at Villa Maria Estate Winery in Marlborough alongside Avalanche City, The Muttonbirds and Gin Wigmore. Clara Van Wel performs.
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Clara van Wel, winner in the Marlborough final of the 2012 Smokefree Rock Quest in June 2012
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Clara van Wel at home in 2010
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Clara van Wel as Bic Runga in Stars in Your Eyes, Blenheim 2010
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Clara van Wel entertains at the Marlborough Farmers Market in 2009
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Clara van Wel on Good Morning
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Clara van Wel during a photo shoot
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Clara van Wel with her father Alex van Wel on Breakfast
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Clara van Wel talks about her single 'Where do you find love' now available on iTunes
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Taking a break: Clara van Wel happy to be at home in Blenheim with Scratchy the jack russell
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Clara van Wel at home in Marlborough. Enjoying a walk with Scratchy
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Clara van Wel. Glad to be home in Marlborough
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STAR: Clara van Wel performs during the Classic Hits Winery tour.

Clara van Wel has an amazing opportunity to succeed in the music business but she needs to keep her focus on the music and the avoid the ''other stuff'' says Marlborough singer-songwriter Sarah Brown.

Brown said the 15-year-old New Zealand's Got Talent 2012 winner should stay in school while exploring the options available to her now she is a household name.

''It would be crazy not to take the opportunity and run with it. Everyone in the whole country knows who she is now. But there is no harm in getting an education,'' she said. 

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Sarah Brown, The Great Train Robbery

A spokesperson for Sony Music New Zealand said Clara's first single Where Do You Find Love would be available for download Friday, with a CD single coming out Monday. A full-length album has been scheduled for release in February 2013.

Brown, who released her Sydney-recorded album The Great Heart Robbery earlier this year, said she thought Clara deserved to win the competition.

And she had some words of advice for the rising star.

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''She should absolutely go for it, but be aware of the industry. She has a lot more bargaining power than she thinks and it is easy to get caught up and excited. But you can get locked into a deal for five albums and you can get stuck.''

If she keeps it about the music and doesn't get caught in the ''other stuff''- sex, drugs and rock'n'roll- she will be fine, said Brown.

Brown said she and Clara first met the morning of Brown's wedding in March this year. She was getting her hair and nails done in Blenheim and her hairdresser had arranged for Clara to serenade her at the salon.

''As she was singing I just started crying- she was so good. So I asked her what she was doing later that day and she ended up singing me down the aisle at my wedding.''

New Zealand music business guru and former New Zealand's Got Talent judge Paul Ellis said Clara was the real deal. 

Ellis, who grew up in Marlborough, said Clara was fantastic during the competition and that she deserved to win.

''She stood out head and shoulders above the rest. She had so much poise.''

He said it was a really smart to have the single out on itunes so quickly.

''That is the way the industry works. Get something out as quickly as possible to capitalise on her success. I would hope for her sake that she will get an album out by February, but it means she won't have much of a summer,'' he said.

Here is another of Clara's songs to enjoy

 

The Marlborough Express