Songwriter 'stoked' as hit hovers near top of the pops

STRONG SUPPORT: Shayna King will officially release Broken Hearts as a single on August 17.
STRONG SUPPORT: Shayna King will officially release Broken Hearts as a single on August 17.

A former Mountainview High School student is making waves on a music website with her song Broken Hearts.

Shayna King, 22, was sitting at number 5 out of more than 300 on the www.theaudience.co.nz website, which is funded by New Zealand on Air.

People can vote and listen to their favourite song - released and unreleased - and at the end of the month the top song wins $10,000 funding. The top 10 songs are played each week on radio stations around the country.

Ms King has been in the top 10 for two weeks and is hoping to keep it up until the end of the month.

She was stoked with the song's success. "It's quite cool because when I first put the song up it jumped from 370 to 2 overnight."

Although it was "slowing down", the song was still gaining exposure through the weekly airtime on radio stations.

Voting for the song closes at the end of the month.

Ms King will perform at the Creek Hotel along with Tessa Kyes and Scott Bowater on August 17, where she will officially release the single.

The single will be released with a video filmed in Central Otago.

The Timaru Herald