Geraldine songwriter's finals hopes

22:58, Feb 14 2013
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SOUND WAVES: Geraldine teen singer-songwriter Jaz Paterson is a semi-finalist in an international songwriting competition.

Geraldine teen singer-songwriter Jaz Paterson has made her first splash on the international music scene.

The 17-year-old has been selected as a semi-finalist in the US-based International Songwriting Competition in the teen section with her song Validation. She is among 115 semi-finalists from around the world.

Jaz will find out this month whether she goes on to be a finalist in the competition. The winners - first, second and third-place getters - are announced in April.

"I was really excited [when I found out]," she said.

Judges include industry big names, such as rock band Keane, Robert Smith of The Cure, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran and electronica dance duo Basement Jaxx.

It also includes Universal Republic Records president and CEO Monte Lipman and Capitol/ Virgin Label Group president Dan McCarroll.


"It was kind of cool to know that people at that sort of level of music have actually heard my song," Jaz said.

The song was about looking to God for affirmation, she said.

"It's about kind of not caring about what other people think as well.

"It's quite special to me because I wrote it at a time when I was really insecure about myself. I was looking to my friends and other people to tell me what I'm good at ... and then I realised it needed to be from someone bigger than me, like God. It's about realising you are fine the way you are."

Past winners include Kiwis Kimbra and Annah Mac.

Jaz has a new song, called This Crazy Road, out on March 1.

The Timaru Herald