I know it's been a while since I posted to you last, however it hasn't meant I've been slacking off. Far from it! Today I'll let you know what I've been up to for the last 3 weeks, and give you the scoop on the next bright things to expect in your future.
SONGWRITING WITH PHIL DOUBLET
It's no secret. I hugely respect the skills of Christchurch born award songwriter Phil Doublet. He is potentially one of the best guitarists in the country, and is humble to go with it. While working it Phil, we were able to refine one of my songs that just had a little something missing with it, as well as create a second track with a theme which was close to both of our hearts. I now therefore have an additional couple of songs to potentially drop onto this upcoming EP, as well as originals with a cool ... almost Texan Bluesy type feel. You'll be able to hear these songs at a live solo performance online (StageIt.com) or in person soon.
SONGWRITING WITH KAYLEE BELL
Another day, another cowrite ... This time with the beautiful and talented Kaylee Bell at the gorgeous Vines Winery in Waimate.
If you're not familiar with who Kaylee is, she has won the prestigious Toyota Star Maker in Tamworth, Australia (previous winners KEITH URBAN, LEE KERNAGHAN) picked up Best Female Country Artist at the NZCM Awards in 2013/14 and the Tui Award for Best NZ Country Album 2014 with HEART FIRST. She is truely one of New Zealands best and most beautiful exports.
It was incredible to have her come with a very clear concept of sound for our song write. She had seen me win the New Zealand Gold Guitar awards last year with Randy Houser's "Like A Cowboy", and was very keen to create a song with me that had the same punch and appeal. We definately got that with our song "Get Back Up". I found myself singing it for day's after (not getting tired of i). We've found it's appropriate key, it's been played and well received live in a couple of smaller shows, and will definately be recorded/produced. I will drop it in the 2016 New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards Grand Final concert this year for you. I know you will all love it. This song is epic
KARL BROADIE ... LEGEND
Although it's been a month of highs, it has also been a month of tragic loss.
The wonderfully talented songwriter, and all round great guy has died. Karl Broadie was a tutor of mine at the CMAA Academy Of Country Music this year, and was in my mind one of the most gifted songwriters. Although I only knew him this year, I consider him to be a dear friend, and hearing about his passing after a rapid cancer was identified a couple of months ago, was a huge shock to both me and the world.
Karl, you have left us with so many wonderful memories. We all feel blessed for having you in our lives.
TRANS-TASMAN ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 2016 IS ALMOST HERE.
Less than a month away till Trans Tasman Entertainer Of The Year, and I'm getting excited to perform. After a little bit of digging, I looked into my fellow compeditors for the event. The Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Entrants for 2016 are...
Representing New Zealand:
Phoebe Ball – Waikato Country Music
Gina Keating – Easter BOP Country Music
Zara Buckton – Tauranga Star Awards
Kelvin Cummings – Gore Golden Guitar
Tegan Reid- Auckland
Jasmine Atkins – CCMA National Talent Quest
Mathew Pratt SA Champion of Champs
Sam Maddison – Gympie Music Muster
Judah Kelly- Charters Towers
Mikara Grant Freeman- Qld Champion of Champs
For those people who don't know, there will be three judges on the panel, one New Zealand, one Australian and one Norfolk Island. It is a wonderfully fair competition and I wish all of the contestants the very best.
KELVIN CUMMINGS TRANS-TASMAN ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR PRESHOW
(ONLINE STREAMED CONCERT)
I want to share new and exciting music which I wrote with award winning Australasian artists Kaylee Bell, Kevin Bennett, and Phil Doublet.
As well as sharing my awesome new original tracks, I want to give you an acoustic preview of the type of songs I'll be singing at this year's as I represent NZ in the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival's Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year 2016.
Only 100 tickets available for this unique online show, so share this with your nearest and dearest. This may be by last "STAGEIT" show, so don't miss out.
SIGN UP AT: https://www.stageit.com/…/trans_tasman_entertainer_of…/55201
REWARD: Not only will the top supporter get a personal dedication for the last song, but I will flick them a free acoustic demo of one of my new tracks (email required).
2:00am May 12 PDT/Pacific Daylight Time (LA, USA)
9:00pm May 12 New Zealand Standard Time
8:00pm May 12 Norfolk Island Time
7:00pm May 12 Brisbane QLD, Sydney NSW, Canberra ACT, Australia Time
TICKET PRICE: Pay What You Can | Only 100 tickets available