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BBC dubs PEARL song too political

BBC dubs PEARL song too political

Two Wellington musicians have found themselves up against the might of the BBC.

Lisa Nimmo and Shelley Hirini from PEARL are about to complete their debut album 'No Ordinary Day', due for release July 10.

"We needed approval from the BBC to use some news audio clippings in one of the singles on the album 'Life is Beautiful'. The BBC refused to grant approval, citing that the use of the clips in our song would be 'too political'

"This was very disappointing for us. The song is about noticing, appreciating and respecting the beauty in our world. The clips helped to communicate that message in a powerful way - which surely is a positive thing," says Lisa.

"We have had to delay the release of the album while we source material from elsewhere."

Lisa and Shelley are available for interview. Please contact Sandra Roberts, 021 525104 or


Lisa Nimmo and Shelley Hirini are Pearl - two talented songwriters with their own unique sound - developed in co-operation with executive producer and co-writer Chris Jones since 2003.

Pearl began as an acoustic duo, winning the Wellington Firewaters songwriting competition in 2003. It reached the final stages of the York St Acid test and Oikos International Songwriting competition that same year.

Pearl now tours with its six-piece band, recently supporting Jimmy Barnes at Wanganui’s Westpac Stadium and Fur Patrol in Palmerston North on New Years Eve.

Confirmed as feature artist at ‘In the Pink’ NZ Breast Cancer Foundation annual fundraising fashion show event – being held at Sky City in Auckland on Fri 7th July 2006

Shelley Hirini

Performed with numerous Wellington jazz bands before forming her own jazz band in 2001. Started penning her own songs after rediscovering her love of playing guitar.
Musical influences include: Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder

Lisa Nimmo

Began playing guitar, writing songs and performing professionally in 1999
Lead singer for popular Wgtn Irish band ‘Mickey Finn’ for 2 years
Musical influences include: Sarah McLaughlan, Diane Warren ABBA,

Chris Jones

Released his debut album ‘The Human Dynamo’ in 1999
Was commissioned by Wellington City Council to write and produce Wellington’s official Millennium song
Has opened for several major international touring acts (including Boney M, Leo Sayer, The Searchers)

Ross McDermott -- producer

Produced & arranged the number one hit single ‘Melting Pot’ by When the Cats Away 1990
Has also worked (recording) with Wayne Mason, Midge Marsden and Bullfrog Rata plus Dave Dobbyn (as bass player). Has performed (as bass player) with Jenny Morris, Tim Finn, Herbs and Dave McCartney and the Pink Flamingos.

Band Line Up

Vocals and acoustic guitar – Lisa Nimmo
Vocals and acoustic guitar – Shelley Hirini
Music Director and Keyboards – Chris Jones
Drums – Evan Williams (Southside of Bombay, Blood Brothers)
Bass – Matt Parlane

Guitar – Geoff Duncan (played with Brooke Fraser, Andrew Fagan, Wayne Mason, Jackie Clarke, Frankie Stevens, Jon Stevens and Shona Laing).

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