Zoe's off to Tamworth
A Geraldine girl walked away with a section win at the Golden Guitars.
Zoe Scott, 15, won the intermediate country rock section at New Zealand's premier country music competition, held in Gore over the weekend.
She was surprised to win a prize, as she thought the competition was stronger than previous years.
"I just went down for a bit of fun really. There's awesome competition down there," she said.
She sang American Idol alumni Carrie Underwood's song Flat On the Floor, for the win.
"It's a really rocky song and heaps of fun. I like Carrie Underwood because she has so much stage presence and really attacks her songs," she said.
Meanwhile, Zoe also competed against Jenny Mitchell, who was third on last year's NZ's Got Talent.
She said although she had not competed in a television talent show yet, it was something she would consider down the track.
"I want to enjoy exploring my music and instruments first."
Zoe said she played the basic bits of guitar and keyboard but wanted to increase her skill levels with those instruments. She is also experimenting with different genres, right now her favourite is jazz and blues.
But it is by no means the end of the road for her with country music.
In January she is going to Australia to compete in the Tamworth Country Music Festival and complete a short course on musicianship.
"I love the genre. It's a really friendly one. Everybody is really fun," she said.
Zoe listed Robert Plant, Ed Sheeran, Pink and Lady Gaga among her musical inspirations.
"I like so much. I like it all really."
The Geraldine High School student is now shifting her focus to the next big competition - the school's annual lip sync competition.
"It's the biggest event of the year. It's different [to singing]. But it's heaps of fun."
However, she still has to work out with her friends what she is going to do.
The Timaru Herald