Queenstown girl’s song contest hopes

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Talented Queenstown singer Sarah Foley (right) has been thrust into the national music spotlight with a new song. 

Foley, studying performance in Auckland, is among five finalists in an original competition for TVNZ’s new interactive channel U. 

The 18-year-old and her Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand classmate Sharne Parker stand to win a year’s worth of exposure on U and royalties, plus have their song Go Insane recorded professionally. 

Public voting closed last weekend and the winners will be announced live on television on October 26. 

Go Insane, a catchy, drum ‘n’ bass track, is the first song produced in collaboration by Foley and Parker. 

“One of my goals at the start of the year was to collaborate with electronic musicians,” Foley says. 

“I showed Sharne one of my demos and he was really excited. I helped him make the structure of it and recorded the vocals. He mixed it all together. 

“It’s a song about letting loose, and just forgetting everything.” 

Since making the finals, the duo has performed on TVNZ’s Good Morning show and the track features on U TV ads. 

“I was really surprised – especially since it was the first song we’ve done together,” Foley says. 

“I had a lot of people saying they’d heard our song on the TV. That was an awesome feeling.” 

The former Wakatipu High pupil, known locally for her acoustic music, says she’s heavily influenced by electronic and drum ‘n’ bass sounds.