Clara's song heads for gold
Marlborough singing sensation Clara van Wel has knocked her New Zealand's Got Talent judge Jason Kerrison from the top spot in New Zealand music.
The teenager was the top Kiwi artist in the New Zealand music charts yesterday with her debut single Where Do You Find Love?.
Kerrison's band Opshop had been No 1 with Never Leave Me Again the week before, but fell to No 4 this week.
Clara's other songs Between The Lines and Lines You Traced came in at No 7 and No 8.
Not only that, Where Do You Find Love? was the third most popular song overall in the country behind Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Will.I.Am with Britney Spears.
The chart is based on physical and digital singles sales from music retailers throughout the country, from Friday to Thursday and is updated at 5pm each Monday.
Clara said that as recently as two weeks ago she could not have imagined topping the chart.
"It is really strange, it is exciting.
"But [music] is what I want to do so I hope it happens more in the future."
She did not have anything special planned to celebrate the news.
"I will do the usual. Just chilling out," she said.
Her father, Alex van Wel, said it was brilliant news. He was still getting used to being the father of a star, he said.
"Given that she is only 15, my job is ensuring that when she is onstage she is as good as she can be, but when she is not doing that she is an ordinary schoolgirl in Blenheim."
Sony New Zealand A and R manager Jaden Parkes said it was great getting the songs out so quickly after New Zealand's Got Talent wrapped up.
"For us it was an ideal situation to get a genuine songwriting talent out of the show. She has truckloads of songs and she is a great singer and guitarist."
She has all the attributes to have a successful career, he said.
Clara will begin recording in the new year with with some of it planned to be done in Blenheim.
"A few of the songs will be stripped back so we are looking to hire a house and bring some gear down.
"It will be less of a daunting experience for her.
"The important thing is for her to feel comfortable and relaxed and for her to enjoy the whole thing."
The album is due out in March.
- The Marlborough Express