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Introducing Mr. Graeme!!

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Thankfully the week started off without too much movement or disruption to our lives unlike last week. Spent the weekend in my hometown in Palmerston North finish off the filming of new video. Thanks so much to everyone who was there to help me and especially George who made the video happen. Can’t wait to show you all the finished result!

No shows this weekend… so time to have my head buried in my studio recording and writing… yey!

Spending this morning planning my next trip to the States and looking at going in October…more on that later.

Recently I have been working with a new manager, Graeme Hardie. We met at a show, he loved my performance and music and offered to manage me on the spot….what are the chances aye?!  Timing was perfect! He is amazing and I’m so glad and privileged to have this opportunity to work with him!….so far it’s been an exciting journey now very much looking forward to what the rest of the year holds!

Have a great week everyone, stay safe,
Love Anita

Back Over The Water…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Man I have been judging quite a few talent shows lately…have got the world karaoke championship competition coming up that I have been asked to be a judge at …winner goes to Finland … not a bad prize aye?! Had fun singing for 800 boys at St. Pat’s last week … you guys were impressive … and by the way, thank you for the invitations to your school prom…very thoughtful :)
So now I’m back overseas…in Victoria Canada and heading to Vancouver later tonight.  I’ve been working on some new material and very much looking forward to getting it out.  Was very privileged and honored to work with Michael Jackson’s former bass player Rick May, along with Matt Gibbs from Electric City Studios (such a fantastic place to record, what a vibe !) and of course the legend, producer/drummer/blondie boy extraordinaire Ron Thaler.
From Vancouver I head to New York for more collabs and new projects … Sweet !  … looking forward to getting behind the wheel and driving there too, even if these people drive on the wrong side of the road!  lol … will keep you all posted about the trip… !
‘Till soon my peeps !  Hope you guys are all well !

Anita xx

Christchurch Tribute… and Courageous Courtney

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Well this diary entry is done with a lot of sadness and a heart full of love and admiration for all my friends and family who have had to endure the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand…

I live in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand…and it is known that we live over a fault line and could experience an earthquake at any time…but apparently Christchurch never knew they had one before all these quakes started.

My sister who just returned to NZ after several years overseas settled in Christchurch with her husband just a week before the disaster struck.  Along with my other family members there, they endured a 6.3 earthquake on February 22.  Today the death toll has risen to 163 and search and rescue teams are still tirelessly working to help find loved ones.

When the earthquake hit my cousin Courtney, 17, was all alone.  She tried texting and phoning her family but phone lines were not working…in a desperate attempt to find someone, she thought she’d try and make her way to her dad’s work.  She walked miles through aftershocks, debris, and desperate people everywhere until she got to the CDB of Christchurch.  When she got there she found her dad helping people.  He was working furiously to save peoples lives, he’s a doctor.  Courtney stayed and helped her dad…holding on to people that were dying and telling them “just stay with me” every time they were falling asleep.  The room started to full up with more and more dead bodies, and she continued to be a champion for Christchurch…being there for people in their last moments.

Many people, like Courtney, stayed in dangerous places to help others… know that we are right behind you, from here, from afar, know that you are not alone.  We love you and will do everything we can to support you through this hard time.

Along with other Volunteer organisations the Salvation Army has been working day and night, providing food, shelter and support for the victims of the Christchurch quake.  If you would like to donate to help them continue their very noble efforts, the details are in the web link below.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/giving-back/donate-online/disaster-appeals/canterbury-earthquake-appeal/

Stay strong in faith and love…

Love and respect,

Anita xx

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!  I hope your 2011 is crammed with optimism, enthusiasm, opportunity, loving resolutions, and promises fulfilled!

A quote from John Wayne:

“Tomorrow …Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

When I sit back and look at 2010 I am very humbled and grateful for all the blessings that came my way.  A special thank you to Pat and Bella, Ron Thaler, Alice Lingerfelt, Matt Coleman, Tim, Katrina, Birdy, Matt and Narelle, Mel and Jay, John and Kiri, Francis and Char, Richard and Sarai, and my family for believing in me, and encouraging me during both the fantastic and also difficult times in 2010.

It’s a New Year and I’m excited!  …Lots of things happening!  I’m heading off to sing in Paris, London, LA and Victoria Canada this month, and am looking forward to the release of my 2nd single “Destiny” just around the corner.  It’s a new remix with Vince Harder and Blondie Boy (Ron Thaler),  with an amazing up & coming kiwi rapper “Cavell” …it’s going to hit the airwaves along with the new video for the song on January 17, so keep your tv-eyes peeled and radio-ears on !

Thank you to all those who came to the Destiny Live Video Shoot a couple of weeks ago at Galatos Stage in Auckland, NZ.  It was an amazing show with all my dancers…and my wonderful band! Here are a couple of pictures for you to check out from that event…

Also a big thank you to TV3 and Nightline who did a great feature in December on the Destiny album (www.anitaprimemusic.com), the La La La video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BDaxPeP2Ik), and the live touring show we are preparing to take around the globe.  To all those who haven’t seen it here is the link… http://www.3news.co.nz/Grammy-nominated-producer-lends-hand-to-Kiwi-singer/tabid/728/articleID/189661/Default.aspx

Whether you’re back at work or still on holiday travel safely …and all my best to you and yours for this coming year!!!

All my love,

Anita x

I Gotta Stop Going To The Bakery!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So guess who couldn’t make it more than 50 feet from one bakery before heading into another?  Somebody definitely forgot to tell me, or rather remind me that French food can really get a grip on ya. Eclaire, baggett, muscells and frites. Its a wonder I ever made it to the showcase at Duc Des Lombards in Paris!  Which by the way was a blast!  Its good to know that the full house understood English, because the only French this girl knows it (say with sexy accent) “Bonjour Paris” and “au est le wc?” (translation; where’s a lady gotta go to find a decent toilet around here!?)…haha

O.k., so it’s back home and straight to the Vodaphone Awards! …but that’s for the next update…

(Not so) Deed Sea Scrolls

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Sand in my toes, tortilla in dry clothes, Big Ben with my stuffy nose, and enough time to know that the Clink is not the go.  So whipping through London, 12 hours in Madrid, and now down the mountain from Masada, this girl is spent…totally! This junket, well Ron (my producer) has really pushed the limits, time zones, people and places.  Each one so different, each one amazing in its own right.

Tel Aviv has so much energy even on the Sabbath.  Now it’s time for me to see if I can float as well in the T.A. surf as I did in the salty Dead Sea near Jerusalem…thankfully here the beaches have break waters, so float or not I’m sure to survive 4 feet of water haha.

Lots of love…next broadcast from the Eiffel Tower :)

Anita

Bungy Tutorial

Friday, August 27th, 2010

What do you get when you mix two parts Kiwi, one part dangling seat, and one part producer ordering his artist into a gulley?  Answer; BUNGY SWING MADNESS!!

Took a few days with friends and family, to stop and smell the roses, you know what I mean?  We’ve been working so hard and achieved so many great things, I figured what better time than this to catapult myself into the fright of my life!  Man it was awesome!  Check out the video, Shannon and I decided what better way to freak out, than to buddy up.  That first tumble felt like forever…nice warning bungy lady, thanks for that… and Wayne beautiful Fear Factor footage! Ahhhhhhhhh…

So now that my stomach is back in its proper place we head up to Auckland for a major PR event at York Street Studios, and then a junket to the States, Europe, and… you guessed it Israel!…

You’ll be hearing from me soon my friends, photos and peeps galore!

Love you all!

Anita

Can you say “the Drive show?”

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Can you say “the Drive show?”  Apparently, my Kiwi Backyard Beats have been finding their way to listeners all across the country fed up with their day of work and going home to their sweeties.  Mai FM (Mor FM), Atiawa Toa FM and many trafficy vehicles have come to embrace La La La, and the requests are pouring in.

Now that ‘GO VIRAL Tour 2010’ has come and gone, my crazy Facebook continues to remind me of how amazing it was.  So many new friends, so many new fans, so many great priceless anecdotes;

…  “Anita autographed my arm at the Show;  I wanted to post it onTrade me (FYI New Zealands buy and sell Magazine), but my mum wouldn’t let me…”

… “We can’t stop singing ‘La La La’ in Math Class, so now the teachers banded it…”

…   “Maidstone will never be the same…”

7 shows, in Auckland and Wellington, they were so awesome!  Thanks so much to Paddi, Matt, Lea, Hyde, Glenn, Cory,  Ron, and all those at Dio, Papatoetoe, Taita, Maidsone, St. Joes, Naenae, Kapiti and to those who helped organise and bring so many, I will never forget you!

‘La La La’ yeeeaahhh!!!

Love you all, catch you soon! J

Video finished, CD’s in hand, posters looking sharp!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Sorry for this tardy entry but boy oh boy has the last month been insane! Video finished, CD’s in hand, posters looking sharp, Good Morning Show with the band and my “Gucci’s”, and now the first leg of the Destiny “viral tour” completed successfully…another 5 shows to go…

So, I’m just about to start snoozing, yesterday, when my BFF texts me from Palmy to let me know that she just saw the La La La Video on C4…and don’t forget MTV and Juice!

I have seen so many wonderful eyes smiling back at me this month; I am so blessed to have your hearts pulling for me!  Mai FM, Kia ora FM, Turanga FM and Richard at 783, you guys are the bomb! See you on the airwaves my beauties, my appreciation leaves me speechless…xx

Anita

The big build up is now over… I Can Finally Breathe

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Well, the big build up is now over … phew!!  I can finally breathe haha :)

The video shoot for ‘La La La’ went extremely well …the people, the location, and the vibe!!  I’m still new at this… my second video ever…but in the hands of James from Fish n Clips and Ron my producer it was an awesome day!  Such a buzz !

The ‘Director of Photography’ was flown in from Christchurch, an industry veteran of over 30 years filming movies, commercials etc.  A great guy with an excellent eye for angles, shadows, lighting etc.  The ‘Stills Photographer’ came in from Wellington, she did an amazing job in capturing the day…behind the scenes, on set, etc…over 1000 shots !! :) A few of these photos will be up for you to see very soon.

And also 3 choreographers, one from Thailand and two from Auckland who did an amazing job…  The backing dancers were from USA, France, Hong Kong and the Auckland region… they did me proud and I’m looking forward to working with them again very soon.

Starting a couple of days previous to the shoot, an independent film company began taping  behind-the-scenes footage to compile a “Making Of…” video for La La La… they worked tirelessly, capturing dance rehearsals, production meetings, and key interviews with performers and the creative staff.

Half a dozen hair and makeup artists worked vigorously throughout the day, attending to ten dancers, a diver, brother tumblers, and 3 wardrobe and style changes by myself, and did an absolutely fantastic job!!

All in all an absolutely great day, which I will remember for a long time to come!!   Thank you team!  :)