Guyton to co-host new TV music series

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 12:50 01/11/2012
Saelyn Guyton
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NEW CAREER: 2010 Gold Guitar overall winner Saelyn Guyton will co-host a new television series, starting next month.

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Invercargill singer Saelyn Guyton is set to co-host a new television series that celebrates country music from all corners of New Zealand.

The 2010 Gold Guitar overall winner and last year's Southland Entertainer of the Year will be joining country music legend Dennis Marsh for the road-trip tour, with filming starting in December. The series will have 12 shows, with up to nine people performing country covers, and will air next year on Maori TV.

Guyton, 27, who is a regular performer at The Kiln on Friday nights and a music specialist at Ruru School, said the producers found her after she posted YouTube clips of her songs. She had gone on her first OE to South America during the winter and was contacted on her return in August.

She was pretty thrilled with such a homecoming, she said.

Guyton wasn't nervous about taking the next step in music television, but said it would be both challenging and exciting to learn Te Reo Maori as part of the show.

The yet-to-be-named show would not be an X-Factor-style competition, but producers would select musicians for a fundraising concert in Christchurch in April next year, she said.

"It's not scary as much as ‘Whoa, I get to see the country and hear great music and be on the road'."

Guyton's present project was marketing her entry in the Road to Natural Facebook competition that could send her to the Natural New Zealand Music Festival in Perth.

If she was selected to be in the top five, she could get a chance to perform alongside Ladi 6 and P Money in December.

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- The Southland Times

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