Kiwi Talent Set To Wow Music Execs In Hollywood
Rising Kiwi Talent Set To Wow Music Execs In Hollywood
News release 27th April 2008
Move over Justin Timberlake. One of New Zealand’s rising stars will have his first shot at superstardom when he performs in front of the world’s top music moguls in Hollywood this July.
Jeremy Walden, an 18 year-old singer/songwriter from Tauranga, will take the stage at Universal Studios and perform in front of record label executives from Warner Music, Capitol Records, Disney, Interscope and Sony as part of the Hollywood Pop Academy five day workshop.
It’s tough competition with some of the world’s most talented teenagers attending the workshop to learn vocal technique, vocal and stage performance, songwriting, dancing and artist development.
Many of the Academy’s recent graduates have gone on to become finalists on American Idol, launch solo singing careers and land roles in films and television.
“It really is a dream come true for me especially because I will be working with Christina Aguilera’s manger Ron Harris,’’ says Walden
Walden has been singing and performing since he was six years old and describes his current style of music as “hip-hop, urban R&B pop”.
With the help of sponsorship from well-known youth skincare brand Clean & Clear, Walden is currently travelling the country performing at schools in all major centres to raise funds for his Hollywood trip.
“I’m putting on lunch time concerts at colleges which are all about having fun, showing my range of music skills as a teenage pop artist and having a lot of laughs along the way,” Walden says.
Walden believes touring is the best way to build a relationship with his audience.
“Touring in this country is long overdue,” he says “I want to get up close and meet my fans and if I can make somebody’s day then I’m doing a great job.”
It’s a gruelling schedule with Walden performing up to 10 shows each week for three months but he says that there is nothing else he would rather be doing.
“My goal is to be the best I can be and with the gift I’ve been given and to share it with people worldwide,” Walden says. “My plan is to stay in the music industry for a very long time.”
For more information on Jeremy’s concert venues and dates visit: www.myspace.com/jeremywalden