It is a night which will be etched in Jenny Mitchell’s mind forever.
Mitchell (20) was named entertainer of the year, won album of the year, vocalist of the year and song of the year at the ILT Southland Entertainment Awards on Friday.
“Nobody does it for the awards but it’s so humbling and amazing to win.
“It’s a night that will stay with me,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell, who was the only artist from Gore, beat Invercargill artists Emma Wells, Aaron O’Connor and Sam Cullen for the entertainer of the year title.
“Everybody was under 30 years old. There is a lot of young blood coming through and being able to watch them all perform was amazing.”
Mitchell was interviewed by a panel of judges about her career in the past 12 months before playing music for them.
On the night, she performed in front of the audience before a public vote.
“The public vote was a bit scary but it’s awesome more people are looking at what I’m doing.
“I love that it is holistically judged, it takes everything in that people have been doing,” she said.
She previously won entertainer of the year in 2017.
While taking home four awards was amazing, Mitchell celebrated being able to honour her family in front of hundreds of people on the night, at the Civic Theatre, Invercargill.
She performed the song Ends of the Earth from her album Wildfires, which was released last year.
The song was about her grandparents’ migration from Ireland to Gore, she said.
“To be able to honour my mum’s family in front of everybody made it even more special,” she said.
“Having my friend Vanessa Harvey perform alongside me made it really special.”
Mitchell spent the last year releasing her album and performing in Australia but planned to tour New Zealand this year.
“It’s been great. I love working over there [Australia], but my focus shifted a little bit and I want to see more of our country,” Mitchell said.
Last week, she released a song on Australian and New Zealand radio.
Mitchell is now in Dunedin, finishing a bachelor of arts degree in media, film and communication at the University of Otago.
Her next performance in Gore will be on May 31, in the Stable Kitchen back room at 3pm.
The show, titled Tea at Three, will be an intimate performance telling the story of her album.