Pregnant singer wins lullaby competition for Jacinda Ardern

Drive 01/10/2018
Photo: NZ School of Music.

A singer-songwriter expecting her first child has won a competition to write a lullaby that will be gifted to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Chanelle Davis, who is expecting her first child in January, won the Victoria University run competition.

The School of Music asked entrants to write music to accompany the poem, A Lullaby, by Kiwi poet Thomas Bracken in 1892.

The competition ran in celebration of Suffrage 125, Victoria University said.

Ms Davis’ entry was the one that stood out to judges, who pinned it for the “gentleness, intimacy and simplicity of the lullaby”. It also has “a very musical and sing-able chorus, which will be encouraging for new parents,” said Associate Professor of Music Therapy Sarah Hoskyns.

Ms Davis, who won the APRA Best Children’s Music Song in 2013, says she really enjoyed setting Thomas Bracken’s poem to music.

“It was nice to have half of the work done already! I played my first attempt to my husband and he told me it sounded sad.

"I was offended for about a minute, and then went back to the drawing board. I’m expecting my first baby in January, so I definitely felt in the zone to write a lullaby," she said.

The lullaby will be gifted to Jacinda Ardern, who gave birth to her first child, Neve, earlier this year.

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