Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Wanaka Singer To Perform with Superstars

Wanaka Singer To Perform with Superstars

Her single Loud blitzes Australian music chart

South Island singing star JODY DIREEN has been contracted to perform alongside three American superstars following the phenomenal success for her single LOUD.

Jody, from Wanaka, will share the stage with Toby Keith -- who boasts 30 million album sales and 50+ Top 40 Billboard hits; American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler and RedneckWoman star Gretchen Wilson at Australia’s three-day country music festival CMC Rock's the Hunter in March.

Jody’s inclusion in the line-up alongside her idols comes following the success of her single Loud, which shot to #1 within one hour of release on the iTunes country charts and sat there for three weeks. It peaked at #17 on the iTunes charts over all genres and peaked at #14 in the NZ Top 40 (2 weeks).

Her Loud Video made its debut on CMC (Country Music Channel) Australia two weeks ago and came in at #15 in the CMC Top 30 countdown in between videos from Kellie

Last week it had climbed to #10.

The success caps an astonishing start to the year for the young talent. Before heading off to the CMC Festival, Jody will open for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship & 10CC at theGibbston Valley Winery concert on 15 February then head off to Nashville to record her next big hit!

Jody's musical journey began at age 13 when her grandma exposed her to the world of country music. From the moment Jody picked up the guitar she was hooked – music became her world.

Her next big milestone as an artist would come at age 19 when Jody secured her first paid professional gig. This achievement fuelled her drive to carve a name for herself in the world of music.

Three years later, after many late nights playing at local bars (and the occasional farm job), Jody was ready to make her debut as an independent recording artist. Her first album ‘Here We Go’ was a hit with her loyal following plus it solidified her fan base in the South Island. Support for the album came in the form of sold-out concerts throughout the South Island including the ‘Big Night In’ concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium in front of 30,000 fans.

Jody is no stranger to the spotlight, however, winning third place on the televised talent competition ‘Find A Star’ (NZ TV One) in 2011. Later that same year she took home the Horizon Award at the NZ National Country Music Awards. This accomplishment secured her a spot at the 2013 Global Artist Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee.

The show would be a kick-off to the annual CMA Festival – the biggest celebration of country music in the world. Jody’s performance at the showcase was streamed live throughout the world and would give her the opportunity to meet country superstars Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Air NZ Teams Up With All Blacks For Men In Black Video

Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents. More>>

ALSO:

World Champions: BRADAS Of Identity Company Take On The World And Win Gold

This is only the second time since NZ has qualified for the HHI world finals that NZ has taken home a GOLD medal in this division. REQUEST Dance Crew being the only other NZ crew to achieve this. New Zealands only other medal this year was Silver for the Royal Family in a very close final in the Megacrew division. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Contrary To Popular Belief - Lloyd Geering

Many older Dunediners like myself, and indeed older Presbyterians and others throughout the country, will remember the controversy aroused by the articles and speeches of Professor Geering, Principal of Knox College Theological Hall in the late 1960s... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news