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MLT Songwriting Awards
Finalists announced for 2013
MLT Songwriting Awards 2011
finalist Georgie Northcoat (12)
Holly Arrowsmith performing
'Heavenly Lights' at the 2011
MLT Songwriting Awards.
The MLT Songwriting Awards is a night of outstanding musical talent
showcased in Gore, in front of some of the top music industry professionals.
Songwriters from all over New Zealand, Australia and the US enter their songs
in this well established music industry event. Open to all songwriters - music
and lyrics of all entries must be deemed original by the judges and all songs
must not be commercially released prior to judging. Judged by a panel of four
accomplished music industry representatives, 1O finalists are selected and these
songs are performed live at the Awards evening.
This event has been the catalyst in bolstering many songwriting careers.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS FOR THE
2013 MLT SONGWRITING AWARDS
Takapu Road - Peter Allison - Kapiti
Lightning In A Bottle - Mark Casey & Shana Llorando - Auckland
The Wheel Inside - Barry Saunders
Going West - Dean Hetherington - Nelson
Seems To Be Ok - Miller Yule - Auckland
Our Family Table - Erin Mortin - Dunedin
Never Walk Alone - Andrea Cruickshank-Pearson - Queenstown
Just Thought That You Should Know - Graeme Webb - Ohaupa
Bring Johnny Home - Nick Meuli - North Canterbury
Little Bit Small Town - Kaylee Bell & Mike Carr - NSW, Australia
Tami Neilson was
raised in Canada by
parents with a closet
full of sequined
stage costumes and
RIANZ winner shaking
up the music scene
She grew up in a house where amplifiers and guitar
cases were just as much a part of the furniture as
chairs and tables, and when most kids were still
singing nursery rhymes in the bathtub, she was
travelling across North America in a 34-foot motor
home, performing professionally as part of her family
band, The Neilsons.
Sharing the stage with the likes of Johnny Cash and
Emmylou Harris, Tami made regular appearances on
both television and radio, promoting The Neilsons
independent CD, releasing two top-40 singles on the
Canadian music charts.
Then Tami met a boy who caused her heart to flutter
and her feet to move to the other side of the world,
where she continues to perfect her art.
Last year, for the third time, she won the RIANZ Best
Country Music Album with 'The Kitchen Table
Sessions Volume II.'
''Entering your album into the NZ Music (Tui)
Awards is the NZ equivalent of the American
Grammys,'' Tami says.
''Your album is submitted to a panel of judges (who
remain confidential) in the music industry, who
nominate which album they think best represents the
best of country music each year.
''I was completely surprised and quite shocked to
win for a third time, especially being in such talented
and esteemed company,'' she says.
Tami isn't really a fan of being judged in a
competitive nature as she feels each singer/
songwriter/artist is unique and one can't be chosen
over the other.
''I think that country music needs to be represented
on a professional level in New Zealand and
celebrated in the mainstream music industry as a
relevant genre, so, submitting your album is how all
New Zealand's country artists can do this and put
country music in the spotlight in the media.''
Tami submitted her album because she is proud of
her music, however although it's great to be
recognised for her work by her industry peers, she
doesn't enter expecting to win.
''My fellow nominees last year are all friends that I
respect and admire and whose music I absolutely
love,'' she says.
''So, for me the Awards are about celebrating the
music we make and having a great night partying
with the people I see as my country music family, no
matter who takes home the actual Tui Award.''
Tami found the Awards a bit tough last year as she
had to leave her three month old son at home with
''My husband was on Daddy duty, waiting up back
at home in Auckland for me to ring with the results of
the night and he is always the biggest supporter of
my music and very proud,'' she says.
With a number of her family still in Canada, Tami
finds these special achievements are when she
misses them the most.
''My parents and brothers all keep their phones on
and wait for a text in the middle of the night and are
''Also, my brother Jay produces, writes, plays and
sings with me on all my albums, so the Tui Award is
just as much his as it is mine, so my texts to him are
always ''WE WON!!''
Tami loves coming to Gore and has a lot of dear
''I love your cafes!
''Green Room and Old Post Cafe are two of my
She also loves performing in the beautiful St James
''But the best part of it all is the camaraderie and
jamming with all the other musicians,'' says Tami.
''This is the first year I am going to miss it in five
years, as I will be doing some shows in Canada.
''I'm really gutted I won't be there, as all the
nominees this year are amazing and include some
really dear friends who I would love to celebrate
with at the after party.''
Tami is writing a new album at the moment and
working with some talented musicians to create
something really exciting.
''My goal is to shake up the music scene a bit and
keep pushing country music boundaries in New
Zealand and internationally.''
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