Songstresses revel in sharing the stage
Three female singer-songwriters who have rocked the New Zealand music charts in the past decade will be at First Church in Invercargill on Saturday night.
Hollie Smith, Anika Moa and Boh Runga - with 16 RIANZ Tui Music Awards between them - have been collaborating on a new album this year and will be showcasing the result at the Classic Hits Acoustic Church Tour, which will have its finale in the south.
Their debut album together will be released early next year.
While Smith and Moa have performed in Southland in the last 10 months, Runga - older sister to musician Bic Runga - has been settling back into life in Auckland after living in Los Angeles.
The good friends have spent the last few months writing and recording together and released their first collaborative single, Be Mine, in August before taking the show on the road at the beginning of the month.
All but one of the venues was a church, which Runga said made for an intimate performance with good acoustics.
However one of the most memorable performances so far had been at the Civic Theatre in Rotorua, where audiences were a little more rowdy then normal, she said.
"Maybe because it wasn't a church, people were a little less reverent."
While each of the women were used to owning the stage on their own, together they had a strong dynamic, she said.
"It's been great fun - such an interesting tour so far.
"Anika is very comedic and has this beautiful voice. Hollie is a soul singer, [she] has an amazing repertoire."
The former frontwoman for the band Stellar was modest about her own role in the trio.
"Sharing the stage with each works really well for the audience. I love doing harmonies. It's actually fun to not be the primary vocalist."
The Classic Hits Acoustic Church Tour will be at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 7.30pm Tickets from Ticketek start at $67.50
- © Fairfax NZ News
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