Cheryl Anderson takes top prize

Performing in the country rock section: 'Bootleggers', of Invercargill.
Performing in the country rock section: 'Bootleggers', of Invercargill.
Performing in the gospel section is Craig Allott, of Invercargill.
Performing in the gospel section is Craig Allott, of Invercargill.
Pictured winning the duet section are Jason Grice, of Australia, and Jenny Mitchell, of Gore.
Pictured winning the duet section are Jason Grice, of Australia, and Jenny Mitchell, of Gore.
Performing in the country rock section is Gina Keating, of Christchurch.
Performing in the country rock section is Gina Keating, of Christchurch.
Performing in the country rock section is Hannah Cosgrove, of Hamilton.
Performing in the country rock section is Hannah Cosgrove, of Hamilton.
Performing in the traditional section is Jayne Evans, of Dunedin.
Performing in the traditional section is Jayne Evans, of Dunedin.
Performing in the NZ composition section is Lana MacKay, of Riversdale.
Performing in the NZ composition section is Lana MacKay, of Riversdale.
Performing is the male vocal solo section is winner Mitch Low, of Timaru.
Performing is the male vocal solo section is winner Mitch Low, of Timaru.
Performing in the open group section is 'New Boots', of Invercargill.
Performing in the open group section is 'New Boots', of Invercargill.
Giving his winning performance in the traditional section is Nick Bourke, of Brydone.
Giving his winning performance in the traditional section is Nick Bourke, of Brydone.
Open group section winners State Highway One, of Nelson.
Open group section winners State Highway One, of Nelson.
Teisha Seymour of Milton, performing in the gospel section.
Teisha Seymour of Milton, performing in the gospel section.
Ocean Waitokia, of Ashburton, who won the open yodelling section.
Ocean Waitokia, of Ashburton, who won the open yodelling section.
Overall runner-up Jason Grice, of Australia, and Jenny Mitchell, of Gore. They also won the duet section.
Overall runner-up Jason Grice, of Australia, and Jenny Mitchell, of Gore. They also won the duet section.

Her song was Bring On The Rain and it certainly brought on a rain of awards.

Cheryl Anderson of Invercargill is the 40th New Zealand Gold Guitar senior winner.

Not only did she take out the overall title at the Southland Times Newslink final last night but also claimed four out of the five categories she was a finalist in.

SONG FROM THE HEART: Cheryl Anderson performs in the composition section at the NZ Gold Guitar awards.
SONG FROM THE HEART: Cheryl Anderson performs in the composition section at the NZ Gold Guitar awards.

"I'm over the moon.

"I was hoping for at least one I kept saying to myself as long as I get one I'll be happy"

The talented singer took out country rock, gospel and New Zealand composition but it was her performance in the female vocal solo with her song Bring On The Rain by Jo Dee Messina that was the stand out on the night.

Cheryl Anderson, of Invercargill.
Cheryl Anderson, of Invercargill.

The overall runner up place went to a Gore - Australian duo comprised of Jenny Mitchell and Jason Grice.

A sellout crowd, with more clamouring in aisles for extra space, ensured the final event at the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards went out with a bang.

A 1300-strong crowd took to the Gore Town and Country Club for the coveted Southland Times/NewsLink senior final event last night.

Media liaison Shona Hewlett said while the concert didn't start until 7.30pm, keen audience members had been filling seats since 6.30pm.

It was a mark of how successful this year's event had been, she said.

"We've tried really hard to put on a huge range of entertainment."

The feedback organisers had received over the last few days from the public had been really positive, Ms Hewlett said.

"Local people who have never been before and thought they might come along for the 40th year have been saying how blown away they are.

"I'd say it's the beginning of a long history with a lot of them."

Each event had been a sellout or near full house.

The 40th anniversary concert on Friday night had proven to be the most popular so far, she said.

She credited the high quality of the entertainment for the big crowds.

This year, with more than 760 entries, was always going to be big.

"Every year we think it's not going to get any bigger, we've never had a drop in numbers."

Senior results

Southland Times Newslink New Zealand Gold Guitar overall winner - Cheryl Anderson of Invercargill.

Runner up - Jenny Mitchell (Gore) and Jason Grice (Australia) performing as a duet

 Highest scoring Gore Country Music Club member - Cavell Clearwater and Cassie Crawford (equal)

Male vocal solo - Mitch Low of Timaru

Female vocal solo - Cheryl Anderson

Gospel - Cheryl Anderson

Country rock - Cheryl Anderson

New Zealand composition - Cheryl Anderson

Tradtional - Nick Bourke of Brydone

Instrumental - Luke and Matt of Nelson

Open Yodelling - Ocean Waitokia of Ashburton

Duet - Jenny Mitchell and Jason Grice

Open vocal group - Conrush of Nelson

Open group - State Highway One of Nelson

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