I sang my first song - Jimmy Rogers' 'Waiting For A Train' - when I was three. I thought I had my very own radio station and I was very excited to see my songs being played back by mum and dad. I guess the frequency didn't allow the songs to be broadcast outside our home:)
I went on to win my first singing contest in a local shopping mall performing 'One Moment in Time' - I was very nervous beforehand, for some reason I kept thinking that if I didn't make it to the next round I wouldn't be able to sing ever again! But in the moments when I had nothing but a mic in hand and an audience in front of me, I felt unstoppable.
I then got an opportunity to appear on the national television for the first time - performing on What Now! , a show produced exclusively for children.
My very first recording studio experience came up when I turned eight. The project - 'Kids Sing Bob Dylan' features myself performing a few of Dylan's greatest songs.
When I turned 10, I auditioned for New Zealand's Got Talent. The show gave me the opportunity to meet some of my favourite artists and get to know everything that goes on behind the scenes. It was great to be heard by so many and recognised on the streets of down-town Wellington. After my grand final performance I was placed the runner-up of New Zealand's Got Talent.
My debut album 'With Love' was recorded soon afterwards at the Golden Age and Roundhead studios in Auckland. The album has few of my favourite tunes. 'With Love' made it #2 on NZ Top 20 Album chart and #3 on NZ Top 40 world album chart. Pie Jesu from the album also made it to the NZ Top Singles chart. Thank you!
I had the privilege to perform for CCTV in China for the international music festival that was aired on New Year's eve. The people, culture and music that I got to see and share are moments that I will never forget.
Currently, I am on a music scholarship to complete my secondary school studies in Australia, developing my craft and working on some of my own original music. Moving to Melbourne was no trivial task. The scholarship award meant the whole family had to relocate to Australia from New Zealand and practically start life all over again in a new country. I am forever indebted to my family for their great support over the years.
The city of Melbourne itself is as vast as New Zealand in terms of population. That meant taking every opportunity to popularise my music – be it busking on streets, performing at local festivals or auditioning for large shows where my music can be heard by thousands of people.
Talking about big shows, Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together thousands of students from across the state of Victoria in Australia. I auditioned to be a principal vocalist on the show. If you missed my performances watch the 2016 and 2017 clips from channel 7 in Australia.
Studying at a music school where there is no shortage of talent opened up other opportunities. I started working with a few of school mates over WhatsApp exchanging piano chords and ideas for some original work. Little did I know that it was the beginning of the band JAKAL, a fusion Jazz band. The band has been performing in and around Melbourne and is coming up with a self-titled EP in February this year.
I have also been working with a producer based in Melbourne to record my own original songs. I was recently awarded a music industry grant to work with some of industry’s leading singer-songwriters and get them critique my work.
My entry for the unearthed high 'Talk About Us' was played by triple j radio station in Melbourne this week.
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