I am a Samoan/Scottish singer/songwriter from New Zealand who left home at age 18, with one goal …. ‘to sing’. I took off to explore the world and ended up finding work as a backing singer to various known artists including Sir Bob Geldof, Duran Duran and Matt Bianco which then allowed me to travel the world.
I was invited to sing my own songs to the Head of Warner Chappel Music Publishing UK Ltd on his office piano. By that evening I had a publishing contract. I 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) in LA. My second album ‘All the Colours’ followed and was produced by Jazz musician, Jeff Lorber. Both albums were recorded in LA.
I’ve had many great experiences and treasure these memories. Some of my favourite moments are; 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 a few.
Over the years I’ve met and worked with many talented and gifted musicians. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with 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 with my husband. I continue my love of everything musical, continuing to write, record and perform and am passionate about helping and promoting New Zealand’s new musical talent so that they may enjoy the many experiences I did.
I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE
I continue to write songs either on guitar, piano or acapella. Follow me on Facebook.
I am passionate about helping and finding New Zealand’s upcoming talent and have a couple of exciting projects in the pipeline.
I love to sing …. If you need a session vocalist or a featured artist – email me. I continue to perform as a singer/songwriter.