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Jan Hellriegel: Sportsman Of The Year - album/book & podcast

Businesswoman and musician Jan Hellriegel releases groundbreaking project Sportsman Of The Year - an album/book and podcast series

After 7 years pondering and 2 years in production, Jan Hellriegel is pleased to announce the release of Sportsman Of The Year - A Suburban Philosophy, her 4th studio album, with a unique twist: Sportsman Of The Year is also available as a beautifully produced book with photos and 12 chapters based on the stunning new collection of songs.

Sportsman of the Year the book, is officially for sale now in bookstores across the country, on its own, or as an album/book package.

Not only has she written a book and recorded an album, Jan has also been working in conjunction with Radio NZ, spearheading her new project as a podcast series. Each episode of the podcast represents a song from the album and a chapter from the book. You can now subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Radio Public and at

The first song to be released off the album is the empowered track, 'Love and Conviction'and it's now available from selected digital formats here.

Jan says Sportsman of the Year is about finally arriving at a place where she can look back at failures, disappointments and rejections with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that without them she wouldn't be doing what she is today. It is about following your dreams and never giving up.

Jan enlisted longtime friend and collaborator Wayne Bell to produce the album with Oliver Harmer on engineer duties at The Lab Studios. Mixed by Daniel Denholm at Point Blank Studios in Sydney, Harmer resumed involvement with mastering.

Jan Hellriegel is a New Zealand songwriter, performer, producer, music publisher, business owner, mother, and now, author. She is also a passionate advocate for local music artists and the protection of their works and rights, and a noted music copyright expert.

Sportsman of the Year - A Suburban Philosophy is now available for purchase at selected bookstores across NZ as well as Jan's website. The album will be released digitally on May 12th, Mother’s Day.

Listen to 'Sportsman of the Year' Radio NZ Podcast Series:

Listen to Jan Hellriegel's new single 'Love and Conviction':

What they are saying about the album….

Here then, Ms. Hellriegel, until the next time, is your new career-best. Here then, dear listener, now and for a long time to come, is your new favourite album.”
Simon Sweetman
“Sportsman of the Year is stunning. Hearing it for the first time was unexpectedly emotional. Knowing how much Jan has gone through to be heard, I had tears and goosebumps.”
Vicki Anderson
"Jan Hellriegel is about to release the best album of her career. As if that’s not enough, it’s a superb book as well."
Gary Steel
"In her prose she has an easy, anecdotal and conversational tone but the published words of the new songs on the tie-in CD are refined, poetic and precise. It is the difference between the artist and the art; and the vicissitudes and joys of the life that informs these penetrating lyrics."
Graham Reid

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