Clara's song heads for gold

18:00, Dec 17 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.

 

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.

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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.

 

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