Singout4Justice 2012 winner Brianna Anglesey receives her certificate from judge Don McGlashan


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Singout4Justice 2012 winner

Brianna Anglesey from Wellington was the winner of our 2012 Singout4Justice competition with her song It happens all the time.*

Singout4Justice 2012 winner Brianna Anglesey receives her certificate from judge Don McGlashan

Brianna's song deals with bullying, in applying the competition theme of 'A voice for the voiceless'. Brianna is a Year 8 student at Thorndon School.

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Brianna’s comments

My song is about [being] a victim of a bully and not speaking up. It’s me telling her I’ll help her to tell someone because she’s not alright.

I’m happy that my music teacher gave me this opportunity to enter the competition because I’ve found it really fun! When I heard the theme was ‘A voice for the voiceless’, I immediately thought about bully’s victims not speaking up. So I wrote my song about that.  I used a keyboard and a guitar. I also did the vocal line. I used Garage Band to record my song. I was inspired by the song ‘Luka’ by Suzanne Vega because it related to the topic idea that I had in my head.

Judge's comments

Our judge Don McGlashan says this about Brianna's song:

The song is simple and direct, as all 'message', or 'protest' songs should be. It addresses a single issue and speaks from the heart.  The verses carry much of the information of the song, and particularly verse two stands out as a clear and strong lyric: a straightforward offer of help.

The chorus lyrics are a bit tangential to the message of the song, but they help create a strong atmosphere that is very appropriate.  I always feel that a protest song should leave the listener with a direct, achievable piece of advice: ('All You Need Is Love'), or a call to action: ('Free Nelson Mandela').  I think that's why this song is a deserving winner.

Highly commended

Highly commended awards were made to three other entries. Click on the links* below to listen.

  • Frances Daly and Maria Hayes from Marian College, Christchurch with Show me the love.
  • Katie Macfarlane from Remuera Intermediate, Auckland with Just A Girl.
  • Megan Fromont and Anne-Sophie Issah from Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth with their gentle song Guardian Angel.


Gather All The People –  VT60 boys' band, Marian Primary School, Hamilton.

Speak Out – Blush, Marian Primary School, Hamilton.

Dreams – Campbell Mackenzie, Kowhai Intermediate, Auckland.

Run – Georgia-Kate Blair, Jack Sinclair, Eva Liardet & Julia Firth, St Kevin’s College, Oamaru.

(*MP4 files - If your audio software does not support MP4, download Quicktime or iTunes for free.)

Read the lyrics to It happens all the time here:

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