Claudia Gunn of has won her second APRA Children’s Song of the Year award with ‘Home Sweet Home’. The award presented tonight (Friday 16 July) in Christchurch, will go on the wall next to her 2008 APRA Children’s Song of the Year award for ‘Lullaby Time’.
‘Home Sweet Home’ according to the independent panel of anonymous judges: “…captured the idea of the importance of home with a simplicity that only true classic songs have… clever harmonies, a beautiful melody and moving lyrics.”
Claudia Gunn is a singer-songwriter, mother of two who has been performing since 2003. Her son Dylan inspired her 2008 winner ‘Lullaby Time’ and Ella Grace – the new kid on the block – her muse for ‘Home Sweet Home’. As well as working with electronic act Substax, Claudia continues to write and record in her home studio and sing her kids to sleep. She is currently working on her debut children’s music release – which we hope will include these award-winning songs. www.claudiagunn.co.nz
Presented at the same event, the What Now Children’s Video of the Year award went to ‘Individuality’ written by perennial kids favourite Kath Bee. Voted for by the viewers of What Now, and staring Kath’s daughter & students from Royal Rd School, ‘Individuality’ was a clear favourite. Kath Bee’s songwriting for children started out as a hobby and has been full time since 2006; releasing three albums and performing at kid’s events and schools all around the country. www.songs4kids.com
APRA Writer Director Arthur Baysting said: “Since the awards began three years ago, children’s music has come of age. Many more of our songs are being sung in schools, and that’s a wonderful thing.”
APRA Children’s’ Song of the Year: ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Claudia Gunn
What Now Children’s Video of the Year: ‘Individuality’ by Kath Bee
About APRA: The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication (including broadcast) of its members’ musical works. Public performances of music include music used in pubs, clubs, fitness centres, shops, cinemas, festivals, whether performed live, on CDs or played on the radio or television. Communication of music covers music used for music on hold, music accessed over the internet or used by television or radio broadcasters. www.apra.co.nz