Gold Guitar stars
Their teacher at Murchison Area School thinks they are very special.
So does one half of the famous Topp Twins, Lynda Topp.
But there's no question that Jade and Jemma Gibson's biggest fan by far is their grandmother Tessa Whitnall, after the Murchison singing sisters won the junior section at the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in Gore last weekend.
Jemma, aged 12, and Jade, 10, performing as The Two Js, won the duet section before taking out the overall junior title at the awards held at the Gore Town and Country Club.
Tessa, who travelled to Gore with her granddaughters, said she was overwhelmed by their success.
"'I am very, very proud of them," Tessa said.
"They do so much hard work behind the scenes it's wonderful that they have been rewarded."
Jemma and Jade won $1000 in travel as part of their prize so they can perform at the Tamworth Country Music Festival next January.
The prize money was only enough for one performer to travel to Tamworth but Lynda Topp was so impressed by the two sisters that she added another $1000 to the prize money to pay for both the girls' travel.
"The Topp Twins helped pay for us to go to Tamworth so we are very grateful.
"We spoke to Lynda Topp and we got our photo taken with her she was awesome," Jemma said.
Lynda was a special guest at the awards and wished performers the best, backstage at Saturday's junior and intermediate finals.
Jade said they had been competing at country music festivals since she made her debut with Jemma at the Westport Country Music Festival five years ago.
"We didn't win anything but they asked us to open for the final because they they thought we were cute," Jade said.
"We have won overall prizes before but this is easily our best result because Gore is the biggest country music event in the country."
Jemma said they performed Isla Grant's That's When I Saw the Light to win the overall competition.
They also reached the final of the Country Rock section which Jemma won performing as a solo artist.
Jemma said all the students and staff at Murchison Area School were delighted at their success, with her teacher Sarah Peacock saying "how she was lucky to be able to rub shoulders with a Golden Guitar winner".
Tessa said Jemma and Jade had received a lot of support from the Murchison community.
Betty and Rex Smith had helped out with singing lessons and John and Maureen Borcovsky helped with driving them to Gore ast weekend.