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Katherine Jenkins Announces Two NZ Shows

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Having performed in some of the most iconic venues around the world, multi-award winning performer Katherine Jenkins will soon add two New Zealand dates to the list, a handful of prestigious theatres in Australia and New Zealand to the list, with Auckland and Christchurch show dates announced for November.

This is a long awaited return for this much celebrated artist, who was last in Australia and New Zealand with Plácido Domingo performing arena shows in 2011.
 
Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the past 25 years, who first came to public attention when she sang at Westminster Cathedral, honouring Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee in 2003, will land in New Zealand in November, after a short run of shows in Australia. Katherine Jenkins will perform at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal on November 12 and Auckland’s ASB Theatre on November 13.
 
“When I performed in Christchurch in 2011 with Placido Domingo, I always said I would return to see the city rebuilt and in a stronger place,” says Katherine Jenkins.“I already feel emotional and excited at the thought of singing there in November and meeting the incredibly inspirational people who helped put on the charity concert those years ago.”

Following on from the success of her debut album PREMIERE, which topped the classical charts for eight weeks in a row, making her the fastest-selling soprano of all timeKatherine Jenkins continued her meteoric rise to fame, with performances at the Rugby World Cup, at Buckingham Palace for The Queen, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo and iconic venues including  Wembley Stadium and The Sydney Opera House. 

Since becoming an international name, Katherine Jenkins has gone on to release 11 critically acclaimed studio albums, perform for the troops in Afghanistan, receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and numerous music awards, solidifying herself as one of the world’s most prolific crossover artists.
 

Tickets for Katherine Jenkins go on sale Wednesday May 15 at 10:00am Local Time via www.mjrpresents.com

Kendall Elise Releases Exquisite Debut Album, RED EARTH

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Kendall Elise has today released her debut full-length album RED EARTH.


Listen now on APPLE and SPOTIFY

A deeply introspective album of intricate storytelling brought to life with evocative instrumentation; meaningful lyricism and a golden voice, RED EARTH officially hails the emergence of one of New Zealand’s most intriguing songwriters and performers.

Moving effortlessly and seamlessly through a number of styles and genres, from dark country to true country; folk and chilled pop to bluesy rock, Kendall delivers an album packed with mood and personality. 

Kendall chose the songs that feature on the album - including first singles already released ‘The Clock Tower’ and ‘Valentine Street’ - because they’re representations of her childhood growing up in Papakura, south Auckland.

“Each song is based upon my memories around locations within the district. Most of the songs reflect important moments of my life that moulded who I am today,” she explains. 

“The whole album writing process involved a lot of introspection and processing of traumatic experiences, so it comes from a place of healing and catharsis. The songs also hold a lot of relevance to issues that not only I faced growing up, but that continue to be common societal issues today such as poverty, housing insecurity, sexism, sexuality, mental health, and how colonialism has negatively impacted our country.”

It is exactly this eloquent approach to storytelling that’s evident in RED EARTH’s focus track, ‘Kirks Bush’, written about a section of forest in Papakura with a dark reputation, which the Auckland singer-songwriter recalls from her childhood.

“Everyone I knew could recite one story about something terrible that had gone on in there.” 

But for Kendall, who used it as a shortcut to school, it became a safe place of reflection.

“I would walk through there on my way to and from school each day despite the warnings of my parents. I would love the feeling of tranquillity and peace I would get as I walked further along the path and deeper into the middle of the bush.”

“These days the bush itself has been reclaimed as a community taonga (treasure) and is much safer,” says Kendall, who adds that ‘Kirks Bush’ highlights the inequality that women experience growing up - often being taught to take the long way around as a safety technique – but also metaphorically, as a way to prepare them for the gender inequality they will experience. 

All songs on the record were written by Kendall and recorded at Roundhead Studios (audio engineer - Paddy Hill; produced by Kendall Elise and Alan Meharry; mixed by Scott Seabright and mastered by Chris Chetland from KOG).

The release of RED EARTH will coincide with a number of live performances and a nationwide tour. 

Kendall is a consummate performer, who (alongside her band) has earned a reputation as mesmerising live act, not-to-be-missed! This year alone she has played a string of gigs and opened for Gin Wigmore on her recent New Zealand Tour. In April she supported American roots, rock band Larkin Poe in Auckland. 

Kiwi Festival Fave, Summer Thieves, 
Return With New Single ‘All I Want’

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Four-piece and festival-favourite Summer Thieves are back to ease New Zealand’s winter woes with a new catchy tune, ‘All I Want’.
 
LISTEN HERE ON SPOTIFY AND ITUNES 
 
All I Want’ is the second single from the band’s upcoming EP release, due for release later this year. The single follows on from the super catchy, ‘Get Away’.
 
The upbeat and feel-good ‘All I Want’ continues a new chapter in the Summer Thieves story, with the boys upping the ante on their unique and refreshing blend of reggae, hip-hop, rock and funk by working with Alex Wildwood. The renowned Kiwi producer is best known for his work with the likes of SachiNÏKAAmilaChoresand Jackson Owens.

‘All I Want’, along with the rest of tracks on the upcoming EP, is heading in a new direction for Sumer Thieves.
 
“We are entering into the pop realm and experimenting with new production and adding to our live sound,” says Jake Barton from Summer Thieves.
 
“The song itself has its own personal meaning, but this song - along with all of the others on the EP - are written so they can be perceived in multiple ways. That’s the way we like to write lyrically.
 
“Working with Alex (Wildwood) has been great,” continues Barton.
 
“He’s a beast in the studio and a real top guy. Myself and Alex initially had a chat about a change in sound and we started with the single ‘Get Away’ and decided we like where we are going. Now he’s our guy”.
 
Rising from the famed Dunedin student scene, Summer Thieves is made up by Jake Barton (lead vocals and guitar), Johnny Ward (drums and vocals), Adam Spencer (bass), and Izzy Bones (lead guitar and keys). They emerged on the scene in 2017 with their debut album WARPED produced by award-winning, Kiwi legend Tiki Taane.
 
The album’s single ‘Coast Roads’ received support from commercial radio stations ZM, The Edge, Flava and Mai FM and earned them slots at some of the country’s biggest festivals, from Bay Dreams and Soundsplash to Rhythm & Vines and Rhythm & Alps.
 
Now with a fiercely loyal and rapidly growing fanbase, Summer Thieves have earned themselves a reputation as one of the country’s best live acts, selling out their last four nationwide tours and playing alongside heavyweights such as Six60Katchafire and Sons of Zion, as well as international acts like Sticky FingersHermitudeMacklemore and Peking Duk.

Avalanche City - All About You

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Avalanche City’s new single ‘All About You’ is a contemplative, warm and soaring anthem, which shines a spotlight on the award-winning singer-songwriter’s latest album, MY BABYLON.
 
Listen to ‘All About You’ HERE
 
“‘Can we make this all about you and all about me now?’ It’s this feeling that sometimes things get in the way that we never meant to, or didn’t even realise were getting in the way until it was already too late. It’s me thinking about priorities and life choices,” says the man behind the Avalanche City moniker, Dave Baxter.
 
‘All About You’ is the third single from MY BABYLON, which Baxter released to critical acclaim earlier this year.
 
[MY BABYLON] is “soaked … in 80s-style reverb, adorned with tasteful electric guitar and glistening in a lush pop polish” - NZ Herald
 
The album’s first single Prayed For Love’ is a catchy tune with rolling drums, 80s synths and building brass fanfares, which was blasted on New Zealand radio over summer; peaking at top 30 across radio.
 
Avalanche City burst onto the New Zealand music scene in 2011 with the song ‘Love, Love, Love’ from his debut full-length album, OUR NEW LIFE ABOVE THE GROUND. ‘Love, Love, Love’ went on to win Baxter the Silver Scroll, which recognises excellence in songwriting.
 
He returned in 2015 with WE ARE FOR THE WILD PLACES - another critically-acclaimed album, which peaked at #3 on the NZ album charts and #1 on iTunes. The record’s lead single ‘Inside Out’ was certified Platinum in New Zealand achieving #1 spot on the NZ single charts, and #1 position at radio in NZ for five consecutive weeks. The single also won Best Music Video at the 2016 NZ Music Awards.
 

Avalanche City 'All About You' out NOW

Lauv Unveils New Track And Video - 'Drugs And The Internet'

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PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv unveils new track and music video for ‘Drugs & The Internet’ today. 
 
The song marks the first release from the singer’s highly-anticipated debut album titled ~how i'm feeling~, which will see him continuously rolling out singles before its release. 
 

The video, directed by Jenna Marsh (Nicki Minaj, Kanye West) sees Lauv getting pulled from reality into a digital universe. He gets trapped and loses himself to the overwhelming stimulus of a world where the internet gets brought to life (watch here). 
 

BUY/STREAM “DRUGS & THE INTERNET”
 

Speaking about the meaning behind the song and video, Lauv said, "I wrote Drugs & The Internet at a time I was struggling with feelings of extreme emptiness and depression. I wrote it as a sort of self-analysis for my obsession with the way I wanted to present myself to the world - a commentary on the world we live today. It is as much self-deprecating as it is serious and sad. It flew out of me in an hour. It felt more therapeutic than any song I’d written before. As the first song off of my album ~how i’m feeling~, it is the perfect entrance into the next phase of my life and music. I am more proud of this song and video than anything i have ever created in my life, and I’m so excited that it’s yours now."

Earlier this month, Lauv announced his "~how i'm feeling~ (autumn tour, 2019).
The 19-city run is set to kick off on October 5 in Washington, DC, and hit cities across US, UK (with two nights at London’s Forum), EuropeAustralia and wrap on November 11 in New Zealand

Opening on select dates are bülowChelsea Cutler and Carlie Hanson. Click here for more info! Before that, he is set to play a sold-out show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. 


Lauv’s current hit single ‘i’m so tired…’ with Troye Sivan has accumulated over 186 million streams and became Lauv’s first top 10 single in the UK.

The track also became a top 10 radio airplay record and is currently #25 at Top 40 Radio in the US. In New Zealand, the track is top 10 radio and top 10 chart hit.

Click here to view the video directed by DAD® (Camila Cabello, Major Lazer, Alina Baraz) and here to view the recently released stripped video of the single. The pair also performed the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live!