Anouk van Dijk may only be 13, but she already has a bright future. The Onewhero Area School student has not only scooped a national singing competition, but her song will be taught in schools during New Zealand Music Month in May.

Anouk was the overall winner of Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long 2017 for her original song ‘Cape Reinga.’ She wrote the song, played all the instruments and recorded the vocals by herself using an app on her home computer.

The competition was open to students in year nine through to year 13. She wrote the song after going on a family holiday. She didn’t really envisage it being entered into the competition.

“I write songs from personal experiences, and when I entered it, I didn’t think that it would win. I can’t really write songs under pressure or for competitions as such. I just enjoy making music and singing, it is more of a hobby.”

The self described country girl isn’t sure if she would like to follow a career in music, however, she has had a string of successes over the last two years.

Anouk began teaching herself the ukulele after being introduced to it by teacher, Karen Kanon at Pukekawa School. She won the New Zealand Ukulele Festival songwriting competition half a year later in 2015.

In 2016, she performed at the Waikato regional final of Rockshop Bandquest with her sister Tanika, and friend Emily, and won Best Original Song for ‘Lilly May’ and ‘Without You.’

From this recent competition, Anouk also won a $500 Music Works voucher for herself and one for her school.

Music teacher, Cameron Love, said they are very proud of her success.

“Anouk is currently studying level one music, which is two years ahead of when she should be taking it. She has a great ‘can do’ attitude, works hard and is exceptionally talented. I imagine that Anouk will have a bright future, in what ever avenue she chooses to pursue.”

This Saturday 8th April, will see her professionally recorded in the prestigious Roundhead Studios in Auckland.

You can listen to her song by clicking on the link on the main picture.