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Into the Top Ten

Musician, singer and song writer, Petra Bullock, Year 13 at Takapuna Grammar School, is in the final ten for the 2012 London Olympics Songwriting Competition with her inspirational and patriotic song ‘Do You Feel Alive’. Petra wrote, recorded and sent away ‘Do You Feel Alive’ all in one day.
The decision to select the winner will be made after on-line voting finishes. The winner of this competition will have their song played as the New Zealand song for the London Olympics later this year.
Petra is not resting on her laurels, completing her first full-length music video that captures a fun and blissful New Zealand summer. Petra’s close friend Harriett Maire began filming the music video to ‘Take It All Away’ last year, and is just putting the final touches on it.
Petra was also given an amazing opportunity, recently, to perform live on bFM Radio with guitarist Liam Jaques. The two songs Petra performed on bFM were ‘She’s Not Innocent’ and ‘Daddy Come Home’. To view the video search ‘Petra Bullock live at bFM’ on YouTube.

– By Rowena Simes
- Channel Magazine

Takapuna Grammar School is home to yet another budding music superstar.

Following in the footsteps of quirky songstress Gin Wigmore and rock band The Checks, 17-year-old Petra Bullock is making waves with her songwriting skills and amazing voice.

Petra recently won the 2012 Matariki Songwriting Competition with her song Scarlet, which the judges said showed an amazing musical understanding.

This award comes just months after the release of her first music video, made with the help of school friend Harriett Maire.

The pair produced, shot and edited a Kiwi summertime video for Petra's song Take it all Away.

They did the entire process themselves and say that the size of the New Zealand music industry means success is about taking matters into your own hands.

For Petra this has meant jumping at every opportunity that comes her way.

She was chosen to perform at the Kiwi Day Out during the Rugby World Cup closing ceremony and had her first taste of a live recording session playing at the Bfm studios earlier this year.

"It was so much fun, it was just good jamming," she says.

The friends say that another music video is definitely on the cards.

Filming Take it all Away was Harriet's first time behind the camera and she says she loved the experience.
- North Shore Times


2012- Scarlet (released by Play It Strange)
2012- Take it all away (self released on soundcloud)
2012- Do you feel alive (released by Play It Strange)
2011- Don't Run (released by Play It Strange)
2011- Comfortable silence (released by Play It Strange
2009- Sand (released by Play It Strange)



Petra Bullock Biography

Petra Bullock is a 18 year-old emerging artist and songwriter from Auckland’s North Shore. With influences of Jazz, Acoustic, Pop, Folk and Electrica her music has a unique twist.

Petra has been singing since the age of two and playing piano since age four. Her first composition was an orchestral piece including 14 instruments, written at 12 years old. This was played at the Bruce Mason Centre as part of the Performing Arts Festival 2005. She then went on to form band ‘Identity Crisis’, in which she was the primary songwriter. Their song ‘Change the future’ won the North Shore Intermediate Battle of the Bands in 2008.

At age 13, Petra’s song ‘Sand’ was placed in the Top 40 as part of the ‘Play It Strange National Songwriting Competition’. Her single was recorded at Studio 203 and has had multiple plays on National Radio. In 2011, her song ‘Comfortable Silence’ was placed in the finals for the ‘Play It Strange Matariki Songwriting Competition’ and has also had National Radio airtime. Petra’s single ‘Don’t Run’ was placed in the top 50 for the ‘Play It Strange National Songwriting Competition’ and was recently recorded at York Studios. Petra was also awarded second place in the ‘University of Auckland Songwriter of the Year: Secondary Schools Competition’ for her songs ‘Comfortable Silence’ and ‘Don’t Run’.

Earlier this year, Petra's song 'Do you feel alive' was placed in the Top 5 in new zealand for the olympic games songwriting competition. Her song has had numerous plays at New Zealand sporting events in London, as part of the Olympic games.

Most recently, Petra won the 2012 Play it Strange Matariki songwriting competition. Her song was performed at many venues around auckand, including the basement theatre and the cloud. She also made an appearance on TV one's 'Good Morning show', performing two of her original songs live'.