Songstress humbled to win award again

20:33, Mar 13 2014
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Southland Entertainer of the Year Michelle Lange with her children Fergus, 3, Eddie, 22 months, and Mischa, 5.

Michelle Lange is still smiling after winning this year's Southland Entertainer of the Year title, an accolade she hopes will generate more work for her piano-vocal duo D&M.

Lange, who won the title at the ILT Southland Entertainment Awards on Wednesday night, says she was up against four strong contenders, all of whom were her good friends.

The four other nominees were popular musicians Bryan Townley, Cheryl Anderson, Simon Galt and Simon Thompson.

Lange was overwhelmed after being announced the winner.

Relaxing at her home yesterday, she said she hoped the award would generate more work for D&M. The duo included pianist Daniel Monteath, who won keyboardist of the year at the awards.

D&M perform at the Level One bar at the Kelvin Hotel almost every Friday, she said.


Lange said she was unprepared for the win and felt humbled.

It is the second time she has won the title, having won it in 2007.

Singing was something the mother of three loved to do - not only on stage but also around the house, in the shower and in the car.

Her life-long inspiration was her musician father, Bob Daley, she said.

It had been a 16-year career full of highlights for the songstress.

She has played several leading ladies in shows in Wellington, Dunedin and Invercargill. Some of those performances included Eponine in Les Miserables and Sandy in Grease.

A highlight of her career was her performance at the awards on Wednesday night.

"It felt to me like one of the best performances I've given. I was true to myself with the way I delivered the song."

It was also a great audience, she said.


The Southland Times