Big turn-out for city singer's CD launch

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 02/09/2013
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NICOLE GOURLEY
COVER STORY: Invercargill country singer, Bryan Townley, with his new album My Turn, launched in Invercargill yesterday.

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An Invercargill country singer with no "big expectations" for his first album experienced a sell-out launch yesterday.

Bryan Townley, who won the overall Gold Guitar award at Gore in 2000 and appeared on television show The X Factor this year, launched his first album My Turn at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill yesterday.

Townley said the 600 tickets to the launch sold out in just three weeks and many of the 700 CDs were sold before the show even started.

"I'm pretty stoked . . . I certainly didn't have any big expectations at all. It's quite humbling people make the effort to come."

Used to performing as part of a concert, Townley said it was hard to see his name on the album.

"[It's] a different level of pressure."

He performed six of the 12 songs on the album.

Support artists included Bonnie Turner and Cheryl Anderson, Bev Townley, Beth Walker and Jack, Harry and Maggie Townley.

Performing on X Factor gave him exposure and acted as the catalyst to record an album, after winning Gold Guitars 13 years ago, Townley said.

However, he said he could not have done it without the help and support of Studio 49 producer Craig Allott and co-producer Brendon Burgess.

The pair said the launch was the most successful ever in Invercargill, with most CDs selling before the launch had even started.

"Now they've got to play it and see if they like it," Townley said.

"I couldn't sell a raffle ticket to my mother, let alone this."

Invercargill resident Gail Marshall said she would go to any of Townley's concerts.

"I think the whole family are amazing, very talented. I think he's a great singer," she said.

terri.russell@stl.co.nz

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