Talented Jennifer making her mark



She may be only 15 years old, but Jennifer Smith is already making her mark on the Country and Western singing circuit.

Not only has the budding young singer scooped the intermediate section of the regional awards, Jennifer has also returned from performing at Entertainer of the Year, and just finished recording a section for Maori TV’s, My Country Song. The Waiuku College student has had a busy year, and is nervous, yet excited to see her performance on the television. “It took a little while to get used to the cameras, but the producers were quite happy as I only required one recording.” To be selected for the show, Jennifer had to send in a recording of her original song. The programme will see her featured alongside the likes of renowned performer, Dennis Marsh.
Jennifer first began singing when she was eight years old in the school choir, and was introduced to country music around the age of 12. “I was a massive Taylor Swift fan and became hooked. A family member then introduced me to the Country Music and Western clubs, and the rest you could say is history.”
The young singer is now a member of Franklin and Papakura Country Music Clubs and can be heard singing at venues all over the greater Auckland area. Jennifer is a girl of many talents. Not only can she sing, but she can also compose her own songs, play the guitar, banjo, ukulele and the violin. Between her exams, she was able to fit in a performance for the residents at Erin Park Retirement Home in Manurewa.
“I really enjoy learning new things and being able to perform for people. It makes me incredibly happy to bring them joy and seeing a smile upon their face.” For the rest of the year, Jennifer will be working on new songs, and hopes to shake up her routine to help qualify for Entertainer of the Year again.
“I owe a huge thank you to my parents, family and friends who have helped me get this far. Bring on the New Year, as dad and I have some great new ideas that we can’t wait to perform.” Jennifer will feature on Maori Television, Channel 5, on Sunday, December 6, at 8pm.

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