Anna van Riel - Cooking Up A Song - Children's Music Award Finalist


I’m so excited to share the nomination of Best Children’s Album and Best Children’s Song (Cooking up a song) at this years NZ APRA Children’s Music Awards.


New Zealand’s APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ have today announced the Finalists for the 2016 Children’s Music Awards, with Hawea’s Anna van Riel receiving a double nomination, including:

  • ’Recorded Music NZ Best Children’s Music Album’ for her album Cooking Up A Song
  • ‘2016 APRA Best Children’s Music Song Award’ for the title track of that same album.

The winners will be announced at the 2016 Children’s Music Awards on Tuesday 9th August in Auckland, New Zealand.

“I’m so thrilled”, shares Anna on her double nomination. “The first thought that crossed my mind was how brilliant it is that New Zealand recognizes the importance of new music for Kiwi kids. So many other countries don’t celebrate this genre as we do. It’s so fantastic for our children”.

The mother of two is no stranger to writing and performing popular children’s music at home and abroad, having won Best Children’s Song of the Year at the 2010 Australian Dolphin Awards, and recently returning from a week of performances after being invited to appear at the highly acclaimed Sydney Festival 2016.

Cooking Up A Song has been performed live around New Zealand’s South Island and in Australia, and played on popular radio stations Kinderling, Little Rockers Radio, and Radio New Zealand National, as well as community radio stations nationally.

Anna’s music spans from folk, bluegrass, jazz and pop, all the way to her most recent release of Cooking Up A Song for children. The track Cooking Up A Song is an upbeat song that links the much loved activity of cooking with creating a song in an imaginative and fun way, and includes actions and dancing for children to participate. The 14-track album Cooking Up A Song is bursting with action songs that encourage interaction and singing, and are enjoyable for carers and children alike. The songs include elements of 80s Sesame Street, Carol King’s Really Rosie and New Zealand icon Radha’s One Big Family.

“Anna’s toe tapping, sing along songs have the right kind of magic to capture the attention and imagination of kids of all ages. I hope all Kiwi kids get to hear and enjoy Anna’s music,” says iconic children’s entertainer and tv presenter, Suzy Cato.

“The joy of this album is contagious – the first time we played it, it immediately resulted in a family dance party in our living room with our 3 and 1 year old! So refreshing to have an album for kids that Mummy and Daddy can enjoy, too,” says award winning singer-songwriter Tami Neilson.

Anna is enthusiastic about sharing her approach to sustainable living, music production, and balancing family and work with others.

“We grow our own food and try and live off the land as much as possible, and share how we achieve that with others,” Anna explains. “I maintain an approach of contra-trading and skill sharing to birth and promote each project, and try to share my experiences with up and coming artists whenever I can, to help them achieve their dreams in what is a really tough industry.”

The album Cooking Up A Song was created in Wanaka with Sound Engineer and Musician Danny Fairley, who also co-produced Anna’s third album Whistle and Hum which gained Anna a nomination for NZ Country Album of the Year in 2013.

“Danny Fairley is incredible. He’s a truly talented electronic artist, yet he can put his hand to anything from country to children’s music and understand what the artist is trying to achieve. I’m so grateful to have worked with him on Cooking Up A Song”, says Anna.

About the Awards

A New Zealand Music Awards category since 2008, the NZ Children’s Music Awards has been won by artists such as Craig Smith, Anika Moa and Levity Beet. The winner of Best Children’s Music Song is awarded $1,000 in prize money and a framed certificate, and for this year for the first time also receives a NZ On Air Special Tracks grant of up to $10,000 to be spent on the production of an original song and a music video.


Anna van Riel

Anna van Riel is an accomplished singer songwriter from Lake Hawea in New Zealand and shares dual nationality with her second home Australia. She won the Best Children’s Song in the 2010 Australian Dolphin Music Awards for Mr H20, which brings environmental awareness to children while telling a funfilled story in the form of song.


2015 Cooking Up A Song – Anna’s fourth studio album;
2013 Whistle and Hum – nominated NZ Music Awards Country Album of the Year;
2011 Einey Meiny Miney Mo (EP) APRA album of the year;
2010 Solar Panel debut album

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