I am a singer/songwriter from New Zealand with Samoan/Scottish heritage who left home at age 18, with one goal …. ‘to sing’. In the UK, I found work as a backing singer to artists including Sir Bob Geldof, Duran Duran and Matt Bianco.
As a songwriter, I signed to Warner Chappel Music Publishing UK Ltd and went on to release my first album ‘Falling Through a Cloud’ which sold 80,000 copies worldwide achieving critical acclaim and was named Best Top 100 albums in the UK’s ‘Q’ magazine. It was produced by David Kershanbaum (Tracy Chapman/Sheryl Crow). My second album ‘All the Colours’ followed and was produced by Jazz musician, Jeff Lorber. Both albums were recorded in LA.
I’ve met so many wonderful musicians and had many great experiences. Some of my favourite moments include; Joni Mitchell joining me on stage in LA for a very unexpected jam session; being hired to sing at Jack Nicholson’s birthday party; eating dinner at Bryan Ferry’s castle (baked beans followed by bread and butter pudding) and David Gilmour playing harmonica while I played piano at an impromptu jam during a Pink Floyd after-show party, to name only a few.
I’ve enjoyed playing all genres of music and my love of the human voice has led me to accidentally singing Opera in Italy, learning the guttural style of singing with the Gypsy Kings in the South of France, studying Mongolian ‘over-toning’ (where a single note is manipulated to bring out the harmonics), chanting in India to exploring musical therapy ideas using the voice as a possible means to healing.
I have returned to New Zealand setting up home in Wellington. I continue to write songs, record, perform and am now passionate about helping New Zealand’s new musical talent. When I am not doing music, I teach Yoga.
I continue to write songs mostly on guitar and piano. I am currently working on my third album which will be released shortly as two EPs (Part 1 & Part 2). I am also songwriting, recording and producing young talented artists who are about to embark on their own musical journeys. Updates on my Facebook page.
MENTORING AND SINGING LESSONS
I am currently working as a singing coach and mentor. I love watching talent come into their own finding the whole process very rewarding. I am passionate about helping and finding New Zealand’s talent with a couple of exciting projects in the pipeline. Email to chat about singing or mentoring sessions
I have always loved singing and I am happy to help you record vocal sessions, be a featured or ghost artist on your track or perform live with you – feel free to email. I continue to perform locally, either singing covers to suit the venue or with my own music as a singer/songwriter. Gigs are updated on this website and Facebook.