September 12, 2011, 8:00 am Anna Murray Yahoo! New Zealand



The word "precocious" was invented for people like Southland's own Annah Mac.

The young singer/songwriter has released her debut album 'Little Stranger' at the age of just 20, but already has a host of music credits to her name - namely a Smokefree Rockquest award, a "Play it Strange" title, an inclusion to the 'Great New Zealand Songbook' - and three Gore Gold Guitar Awards.

With an upbringing that featured much music and singing, Annah Mac's first album has the unmistakable sound of someone whose talent comes effortlessly.

It opens with the single 'Celia', a catchy pop tune that is easily the album's standout track for me - and obviously a standout for others, what with it being nominated for a Silver Scroll award.

It carries on with 'Girl in Stilettos', which was inspired by Annah's move north to Auckland. She has certainly managed to make her first experiences of living in the big city seem vastly more sophisticated than my own 14 years ago.

And so the album continues, with beautiful pop song after beautiful pop song, each one inspired by events and people in Annah's life.

She has a clear, sweet, strong voice that occasionally belts out a lyric that doesn't correlate with that sweet voice. (Judging by said lyrics, she has been known to be a bit of a scamp.)

But Southland ought to be proud of this girl from a sheep farm in Tokanui - and the rest of you should really get to know this 'Little Stranger'. You won't be disappointed.

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