The release of Suzanne Prentice's first album in 15 years is bitter-sweet for the Southland performer.
I'll Do It All Over Again was launched yesterday and while Prentice says it's a thrill to be back in the music stores, the achievement is tinged with sadness, with the loss of one of her biggest fans just eight weeks ago.
"Mum has always been there for me – I wouldn't have had a career if it wasn't for her and this album was going to be a gift to her."
Rose Prentice, 86, was thrilled that her daughter was back in the studio making music and had delighted in hearing some of the songs that had been recorded.
Unfortunately, she would never get to enjoy the final product, as she died at the end of February, just weeks before the new album was released.
"There's sadness there that she didn't get to see it released, but I'm just so proud of this album and I know it's going to bring many people so much joy that it makes it all worthwhile."
Recorded in Auckland this year using almost entirely Kiwi talent, she says it was tremendous fun to put the album together, working with greats like Suzanne Lynch on backing vocals.
"There was a real sense of excitement and fun in the studio and I think that spirit has flowed through into the album. It's fresh and it's new and yet it's definitely got that Suzanne Prentice stamp on it."
In a first, Prentice owns the rights to the album, but has licenced it to Sony to distribute.
"It's really neat that after over 40 years in the business, I actually have something that I've done for myself – it's very exciting."
The album has a contemporary feel, with songs like Adele's Rolling in the Deep and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, along with some classics that have been given a modern twist.
"It's really important to take the fan base with you, to encompass all of those years and all of those people. If it weren't for them I wouldn't still be in the business."
These days the nerves that thwarted her performances are gone, she's busier than ever and she's loving what she does.
- The Southland Times