Singer Freya Pinkerton has won the national Rockshop Bandquest's best female vocalist award.
The Nelson Intermediate School pupil is a member of the band Noise Control which won the regional competition for the second year in the music contest for intermediate and primary students.
While the band missed out in the national finals, Freya impressed the judges.
The band played two songs which Freya wrote, and the video was posted online for the national final, judged yesterday.
"It's so amazing. I did not think I would get that," said Freya, 13.
She began experimenting with music when her father gave her a guitar. "I played for two years then I started singing to what I could play."
Now she enjoys writing her own songs. "It's a cooler way to express yourself than through other people's lyrics," she said.
Freya had flu when they made the video and had done well to pull out a great performance, said teacher and band manager Shane Hargreaves.
He believes she stands out because she has a great natural talent.
"Because she sings her own songs she has a passion and understanding of what she is singing that is unusual in someone her age.
"She's definitely someone to watch out for."
While pleased for Freya, Mr Hargreaves was disappointed for Noise Control. "I thought they were right up there."
Auckland R&B band The Elements, from Avondale Intermediate, was named the 2013 national winner.
Bandquest is in its third year as the younger sibling of Smokefreerockquest, and is for bands of two or more members, from intermediate or primary schools, who play a short set of covers or original songs, with a focus on performance skills. This year it attracted 140 bands.
Freya said she hoped Noise Control would stay together next year for Smokefreerockquest.
- The Nelson Mail
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