July 21st, 2016
Well winter has truly set in now over the last few weeks and living on the coast of our beautiful country has meant we have experienced some pretty diverse types of weather. But like most people we wrap up warmly and enjoy what nature gives us.
My last month or so has been spent travelling to Wellington for business and a trip to Auckland for band rehearsals for the mid winter “Mercury Bay Music Festival”.
The festival itself was a great success running over two days and into the night. I performed four shows at the festival and cannot say enough about the artists I performed with. It was an amazing group of people that put on a fabulous show and I’m sure everyone that attended went away very happy.
I’m looking forward to catching up with my New York based producer Ron Thaler when he comes over next month. It’s been awhile since we saw each other in person so it will be great to see him and maybe do some planning for that next album of mine.
So it has been a relatively quite and relaxing winter to date, but with summer concerts and more trips to Wellington and Auckland I am looking forward to a busy couple of months.
Until the next dear diary take care stay warm (NZ cuzzies) and share some love, the world needs lots of it right now… in view of the recent events of wars, injustices and racism, I put together an a cappella version of “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.” I hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjU3VSzQL3g&feature=youtu.be
May 21st, 2016
Well after a bit of a hiatus I figured it was about time that I reconnected with all my website friends out there. So a big kiwi “Kia Ora” to you all from me.
The last couple of months have been exciting, busy and challenging, never a dull day! From festivals to private and public shows all around the North Island.
Living in this beautiful part of NZ has meant that I also now have a regular travel schedule to Wellington for business and to catch up with friends and family.
My last visit to Wellington coincided with our ANZAC day celebrations and I was asked to perform at a dawn service in my old home town of Upper Hutt. I enlisted the services of my Prime Music Academy “Pitch Perfect” group and we hit the stage at 6am to perform the NZ and Australian National Anthem’s. We also performed a couple of other numbers for the 3000 plus crowd that braved the chilly morning to pay their respects to our fallen servicemen. This is always a very emotional morning and one that I am always proud to be a part of.
One of the more relaxing things in my visits is catching up with my friend and Manager Mr G, we always seem to find exciting and new places to eat and socialise which makes for some very interesting dining experiences. This time it was off to breakfast and the best pancake’s I have had since my time in New York.
Upcoming event’s for the winter month’s start with the Mercury Music Festival on the 3rd to the 5th of June. I will be performing with some incredible artists and it promises to be an event not to be missed. The festival is all about bringing a world of talent back to the bay and it includes artists from a mix of genres.
Well that’s about it for now, for those of you like us in NZ that are heading into winter months stay warm and safe and those of you that are basking in the summer sun well we will try not to be envious.
Love to you all,
Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography
Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography
Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography
Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography
Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography
Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography
January 7th, 2016
As we now have welcomed in 2016 I have had an opportunity to look back on what was a challenging exciting and a full year in 2015. There were so many highlights for me both business wise and personally.
My top moments for performance’s have to be the singing of the national anthem at our ANZAC day service back in April and then being asked to perform on Sky Sports for the NBL Basketball final’s. That was an outstanding night in the year and possibly the only time in, my life I will get to have a Gorilla as a dance partner while I sing on television.
I have also performed numerous times in my home town of Palmerston North which has been a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family.
So the more I look back on 2015 I do so with a smile of contentment as I know that I have enjoyed every opportunity to perform and entertain and I have taken my love of music and performing to a lot of people and we have shared some amazing moments.
On a personal note 2016 has heralded a new start for my family and I. After 9 years of working and living in Upper Hutt I have decided to relocate north to the beautiful Whitianga, this is a place that I love dearly and it gives me an opportunity to be closer to my parents who moved here last year. It will also give me the chance to write new material and to perform to new audience’s.
So this year is one of change and challenge and one that I cannot wait to get stuck into. Already my calendar is filling up with exciting opportunities. My manager and I have set some new goals for me to work towards and that includes new material for my next album as well as performing in some new territories that we are currently exploring.
I look forward to sharing with all of my friends my new ventures, challenges and triumphs as the year progresses. So now I would like to wish every one of you my sincere blessing and best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2016 for you and you families. Be safe in everything you do and take peace from the love that we share. God bless 🙂
November 16th, 2015
While most of New Zealand has been enthralled in the goings on in the UK with the Rugby World Cup, I have been busy burrowing away working and writing. My manager has kept me up to date with how our national team the All Blacks are doing and he is still celebrating the win!
I have had an interesting few months one the highlights was I sang the National anthem at the NBL Basketball finals and also did the half time entertainment and got to dance with a Gorilla. I know sounds weird but it was a lot a fun.
Now that summer is upon us it is time for weddings and summer festivals and lots of fun times. I have a full calendar leading up to Christmas and then its holiday time and time to hit the beach and get a tan.
I have also spent several weekends back in my home town performing and catching up with friends and family.
As we move into the last months of the year I am now focusing on what I want to achieve in 2016.One of my goals for the new year is to record my second album, I have begun writing some new material and am excited at the prospect of recording some new material again.
There are some exciting things happening in my life which I will elaborate on in the near future. But in the mean time I will be continuing to sing and teach and enjoy life to its fullest. So until next time keep safe and enjoy life!!
Lots of Love
July 9th, 2015
As we are now coming into the cold part of our year it is time to break out the woolies and keep warm in front of the fire. So what have I been up to apart from trying to stay out of the cold.
In June I was the headline act for a charity concert which was to raise money for the Comerford family in Christchurch that have been hit by a double tragedy, the show highlighted some local and national talent and it was awesome to be part of this event and use our talents as artists to help those in need. The money we raised has gone to the family to help them with their every day needs, everyone involved gave their time freely and a great time was had by all. We closed with a rather emotional farewell and the satisfaction of knowing that we had done our bit to help someone in their time of need.
Always wonderful singing in Palmerston North at the Legacy Centre. I was back there again this month with a wonderful turn out. Hoping to be back again soon for another show!
Sport has been playing a big part in our capital city recently and I was invited to perform the National anthem and half time entertainment for the NBL Basketball finals. This was a great honour and it was a very exciting night. After some debate with my manager Mr G, I settled on the songs that I would perform at half time, little did I know that I would be joined by the Wellington Saints mascot a dancing Gorilla. Photos can be found on my facebook page along with a few below, so the evening was a lot of fun with sport music and a great audience, I look forward too the next one .
So now as I turn up the heater another notch I am planning some family time. I’m off to spend some time with my mum and dad in the beautiful tranquil setting of Whitanga. Keep an eye out for some stunning photos on facebook over the next week or so.
Until the next time take care my friends . Stay safe and God bless!
May 5th, 2015
Last week I had the distinct honour of performing the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand at the local RSA dawn service. Being asked to perform to ones best at 6.00am is a challenge but one that I relished from the moment I was asked.
What made this event even more poignant this year is the fact that it is a 100 year commemoration of our troops landing at Gallipoli and joining forces with our Australian counterparts to form what became to be known as the ANZACS.
I was honoured and humbled to be part of our national day of remembrance and do my part to help my community to remember and pay respect to those men and women that gave their lives for their country so long ago.
In other news, I recently took a young student of mine to Hutt City radio for my monthly spot on Wednesday afternoon. This young man has so much talent and it was awesome to hear him perform his original songs live on the radio and to hear the plaudits from seasoned radio jock Mike Dee. Taurean Mill has a big future in the music industry as a singer/songwriter.
There are so many great things coming up in the next couple of months but the one thing that is really standing out is a charity concert I have been asked to perform at. This is a concert to raise funds for a special little girl. Mila Gardner is a gorgeous wee girl that has cerebral palsy and a bunch of local artists are getting together to help raise money for her so she can have surgery that will help to improve her life. Check out the info on my face book page https://www.facebook.com/anitaprimemusic . This is a cause that has touched my heart as I sure it will to all my followers. I am so happy to be able to do something to help this little girl.
Hope to see you guys there!
Lots of love to you, your families and friends. Stay safe x
March 10th, 2015
The 1st of this month saw us in NZ celebrate the official end of our summer and welcome in the beauty of a south pacific autumn. With the sun still shining long into the late afternoons and the temperatures at a level that we can all enjoy it makes for a happy life.
The last month has again been a busy one (wouldn’t expect much else) with lots of highlights shared with those dear to me i.e. family and friends.
Some of the highlights of the last few weeks include, my three weekly radio hour on Hutt City radio with the one and only Mr Mike Dee. This was an interesting hour as we discussed the pros and cons of strong management for budding and established artist’s. My friend and manager Mr G. was there and Mike was only too happy to get his views and opinions on how best to work with and help artists to get established. We also played some of my favourite songs from the Destiny album, so looking forward to being back on air next Wednesday at 2.00pm local time.
I was pleased to have been asked to perform at the Legacy Centre in my old home town of Palmerston North. It was so good to be surrounded by amazing people old and new friends and to perform to such a wonderful audience. The day was full of music laughter and love and it was a pleasure to have been a part of this wonderful day. After the performance the Centre gave away nearly 400 hangi’s (a New Zealand Maori delacacy) for free to a very poor community … so amazing to see everybody line up… go Legacy Centre!!
Later in the day I drove a couple of hours to perform at a community Festival in the southern Wellington suburb of Kilbirnie. It is always a pleasure to be asked to perform at these events as it is a great opportunity to perform for people in a relaxed and happy atmosphere, the afternoon was filled with local talent including my friend Daniel Harding who is about to release his debut album. I was blown away by the reception I received to my performance and was only too happy to finish with an encore of my title song Destiny.
My thanks go to the organisers of the event and I look forward to being part of it again next year
So there you have a few of my standout moments for the last few weeks. I hope that all of you have had your fair share of life’s highlights over the last few weeks and no matter where you are in the world that you are blessed by friend’s, family and music from the heart.
Lots of love,
February 3rd, 2015
Here we are in the second month of 2015. I hope that like me, you had an amazing time over the Christmas and New Year period.
I decided late last year that I was going to take a big break from everything and concentrate on one of the most important things in life and that’s family and relaxing and leaving the daily stress behind.
Having just purchased a new car I packed it up and headed north a week before Christmas, caught up with some old friends in my old home town then headed north to my parents new home in the beautiful Whitianga. This part of the country never ceases to amaze me with its tranquillity and outstanding beauty.
I spent two weeks there walking on the beach relaxing and reflecting on the very busy year that had just gone and what the next will bring.
So once we had celebrated the New Year I once again packed up the car and headed north again to visit another old friend in Kaeo. This was an amazing drive as the scenery is incredible. Once again catching up with friends and reminiscing about times gone by is a great way to relax. One interesting day after driving with my friend on 90 mile beach to get to Cape Reinga (the top of New Zealand) my friend’s truck broke down. Had to hitch hike back to town, had lots of laughs and fun on the way so it was all worth it!
Sadly though after 5 days it was time to head back south, so once again I loaded up the car and headed down to Palmerston North to perform at a music festival. This was great opportunity for me to perform with some dear friends and some very talented musicians and to connect with some wonderful people.
Once home I slowly started getting back into work, first up was a visit to the Hutt City radio with one of my students, great to catch up with Mike Dee and the team again. Then it was catch up with my friend and manager Mr G. who I hadn’t seen for 5 weeks and time to plan for an exciting 2015.
So all in all I have had a fantastic break and I am so looking forward to what this year will bring. I hope that all of you also had a relaxing and enjoyable break and that this year brings you all the happiness and success you wish and work for.
Take care and God Bless,
August 29th, 2014
What a week or two it has been! Aside from battling the elements every day, rain wind, freezing cold temperatures and snow on the hills it has been extremely busy.
I have been doing some promotional work with Hutt City Radio lately and have a 1 hour live performance on the radio every 3rd Wednesday , the next on being the 10th of September. This has been great to showcase my new music and we also bring in young up and coming local artists from PRIME MUSIC ACADEMY to perform. Special thanks to Mike Dee and Andrew for all their efforts in putting this together.
Last Sunday was the big day for the family and friends preview of my new video “RAIN”. The event was held in a beautiful setting north of Upper Hutt in the secluded country side. About 40 invited guests attended and we had performances from a couple of up and coming entertainers. First up was Ashleigh-Jane who is a stunning young lady with an amazing voice, she performed her own songs and entertained the guests with a polished performance. Following on from Ashleigh-Jane was a friend of mine from Wanganui, Daniel Harding who performed some originals and covers, captivating the guests with his amazing voice and keyboard skills.
When the time came to preview the video I was a little nervous but excited at the same time, following the screening everyone applauded and cheered and the comments that followed echoed what an amazing job my videographer Nicole Hardie had done. It is a stunning video and I am now looking forward to our public release on Novemeber 22nd this year.
The afternoon far exceeded my expectations and everyone had a fantastic time. I can’t thank enough all of those involved, Cindi, Sharlene, Mr G, Carol and Malcolm, Emma and many others all worked to make this afternoon a complete success. My heartfelt thanks and blessing go out to you all!
Coming up in the future I am in talks in regards to an overseas project which could see me travel to Canada to record a song and video. More on that later!!!! … and also my schools tour which is happening very soon…photos and comments soon J
So that’s about it for this week. Stay safe and warm (Kiwis) and may your day be filled with happiness and joy.
Love to you all!
July 24th, 2014
If I could pick three words to describe the last month and a half it would be busy, busy, and busy. I cannot believe how the time has flown and what a hectic schedule I have had. So what’s Anita been up to? I guess the highlights of the last month would have to be performing at Wharekauhau Country Estate for a wonderful couple who were celebrating their wedding, it was beautiful night and I wish them all the happiness in the world as they embark on their lives journey together. Later in the month I was please to be able to perform at a concert in my home town of Palmerston North. This was an opportunity to catch up and perform with some friends I haven’t seen for awhile which is always nice.
Earlier in June I attend a farewell for my Marketing Manager Otila who is now basing herself in Bali. I wish her and her family every happiness in their new venture and I’m looking forward to visiting them over there at some stage.
I have also been working with one of our local radio stations Hutt City Radio; I now have a regular spot every three weeks for two hours on a Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm). This is a fantastic opportunity for me to show case my music to a local audience. I will also add that the team at Hutt city Radio a fantastic to deal with, totally professional and dedicated to what they believe in. If you want to listen feel free to click on the following link: http://tunein.com/radio/Hutt-Radio-1061-s210970/
I am now working on some new material for my next album which is progressing nicely and also in talks with some people in regards to a very special project which I am extremely excited about and hopefully can confirm more details in my next Dear Diary.
On the 20th of this month I had a select group of friends and family to preview my latest music video Rain. We finally have it finished and I want to thank Nicole Hardie for all her work in producing an outstanding video for me. I will post more on this in a few days and a breakdown of the wonderful afternoon’s events.
So all in all a busy month and lots to look forward to in the coming weeks. Take care everyone. God bless!