For folk artists, the norm is for a mainly acoustic debut to be followed by a bigger, more band-oriented sophomore set. But for Holly Arrowsmith it’s been the other way around.
There’s no place like home, goes the popular saying – and it’s one that rings very true with Holly Arrowsmith.
Homesickness and identity are at the heart of A Dawn I Remember, the second full length album from the award-winning singer-songwriter, which was written at a variety of locations, both here in New Zealand and in the US.
“I started writing the album when I moved from Arrowtown to Auckland a few years ago,” she explains over the phone from, appropriately enough, from Queenstown, where she was about to perform. “I think it was kind of a wakeup call to how much of our identity is in the place we are from and the people who know us – that kind of safe environment. When you lose all of that at once, you kind of lose your bearings. I felt really disoriented for a long time.”
Taking a leaf out of the strategies of global stars, Kings has sprung a surprise by announcing his sophomore album Two will be available digitally from tomorrow (May 11).
According to the press notes, the self-produced 12 track LP was “inspired by the energy of the live audiences he encountered while on tour over the last few months”. With Two Kings sought to “create something that made people move” and sees it as being about “letting go and having fun”.
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Award, a new category to be introduced at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards.
Devised by Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission, the award will celebrate the positivie influence music teachers have on young people’s lives and nominations will be open from schools and communities throughout the country.
Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan (pictured) says many artists who make it to the Vodafone-sponsored Tuis credit a music teacher or mentor as instrumental in their development.