Southland teenager a finalist for national Youthtown Songwriting Competition

An Invercargill teen’s first crack at songwriting has won her a professional recording session.

James Hargest College’s year 10 student Maia Fletcher, 15, was announced as a finalist for the Youthtown Songwriting Competition Aotearoa last week.

Fletcher wrote her song Stay with Me for the voice of our youth genre.

For the genre, students were asked to make a demo of original music and lyrics for a song that portrayed life as a teenager in Aotearoa New Zealand.

She initially had three different ideas to base her song about being a teenager in Aotearoa, the first two being school life, and troubles of social media, Fletcher said.

“I wrote it about heartbreaks and how everyone sort of goes through it … rough relationship in their youth and just how we feel better about ourselves after it.”

Fletcher’s song has been chosen along with 23 other student-written songs across New Zealand who are in years 9 to 11.

She will be now have the opportunity to record her song professionally in a studio valued at $750, paid by Play It Strange, a trust which encourages young New Zealander’s interest in music.