Top talent to sing off for trophy
Five powerhouse performers will go head to head on the Civic Theatre stage in Invercargill next month for Southland's premier entertainment prize.
The ILT Southland Entertainment Awards will be held on March 12, with the province's best, brightest and most promising musical talent vying for honours on the night.
Singing off for the Kelvin Hotel Southland Entertainer of the Year will be 2013 Gold Guitar winner Cheryl Anderson, TV X Factor personality Bryan Townley and the experienced trio of Michelle Lange, Simon Galt and Simon Thompson.
They will sing off in front of celebrity judges Craig Scott, Suzanne Prentice and Dave Kennedy and the theatre audience before the votes are tallied to find out who has carried off the trophy.
The awards show has been staged at the Civic Theatre since moving from the Southland Musicians Club in 2008.
Awards convener and musicians club committee member Chris Chilton said the night would celebrate "the best we've got" with high-class performances from a wide variety of musical styles. "It's an exceptionally strong lineup of entertainer finalists this year. It's going to be hard to separate them. They'll all bring so much to the stage. I think the audience is in for a real treat."
Topping the bill is Los Angeles- based singer/songwriter Jackie Bristow. The expat Gore musician has been based in the United States for the past eight years, and has forged an impressive solo career.
As well as recording three albums with a fourth on the way she has sung with and supported a galaxy of international stars, including Bonnie Raitt, Art Garfunkel, Tommy Emmanuel, John Waite, Rick Springfield, Madeline Peryoux, Howard Jones and B J Thomas.
Her song This Is Australia won an Australian Tourism competition and featured in its worldwide promotional campaign for three years.
Bristow is coming home to receive the Westpac Southland Music Ambassador award for representing her home province with distinction on the international stage.
Also featured in the show will be performances by the 2013 Southland Entertainer of the Year Alice Fraser, stage professional Dave McMeeking, innovative rock/dub trio Tie Dye, Invercargill Musical Theatre, the ILT City of Invercargill Pipe Band and Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band.
Jenny Mitchell, the talented Gore teenager who finished third in the TV show New Zealand's Got Talent, will also make an appearance.
The show will be fronted by national media personality and expat Southlander Nick Tansley.
The Southland Times