Sade Elle’ Gemmell (Ngāti Kurī) of Christchurch, is heading for Los Angeles to take part in a prestigious Music Immersive programme after beating 1,400 contestants from around the world.

Sade, 18, is passionate about music and has been singing since she was 12. As the winner of the Star Now Music Immersive competition for 2014, Sade will receive tuition from some of the Los Angeles music industry’s best coaches and she’ll have the opportunity to connect and work with other working musicians.

Sade Elle’ Gemmell.

Sade Elle’ Gemmell.

The Star Now Music Immersive competition began in March and offers contestants the chance to attend the prestigious Music Immersive Program run by Hollywood Immersive. Finalists are selected based on their Star Now profiles and judges view individual music videos. This year the judges included the legendary Gordon Williams( who worked with Joss Stone), Steven Memel (celebrity voice and performance coach on the US hit show The Voice), and well known Nashville producer, Michael Flanders. Sade was unanimously voted the winner.

Sade’s talents have already been well recognised. She reached the Top 20 in Simon Cowell’s Global You Generation Search and was a X-Factor NZ wild card finalist in 2013. She attended the Excel Music Course in Auckland 2012 and now is being recognised for her sweet natural talent.

Sade’s grandmother, Jan Gemmell of Kaikōura, says Sade is jet setting off to Los Angeles in July and everyone wishes her every success with her singing ventures. Congratulations Sade from the whānau katoa. “Kia kaha taku mokopuna”. Nā Jan Gemmell.