Col­lab­o­ra­tion is a good vin­tage

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By SUE FEA

Tal­ented Kiwi soul singer­song­writer Hol­lie Smith, 30, has been churn­ing out her spe­cial sounds since the age of 2. ‘‘There wasn’t a moment when I got into mu­sic, it was just in me. As soon as I could talk I was singing.’’ At the age of 5, her favourite per­former was African Amer­i­can rhythm and blues singer James Brown. Smith grew up with an in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive mother, and her fa­ther was a rock blues gui­tarist. She launched her de­but al­bum at just 16 af­ter win­ning Best Fe­male Vo­cal­ist at the Na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val of New Zealand. She is prob­a­bly best known for her 2006 top-10 sin­gle, Bathe in the River, which fea­tured on the sound­track to the movie, No. 2. Her lat­est al­bum is a stun­ning, unique col­lab­o­ra­tion fea­tur­ing Smith and her good friends Anika Moa and Boh Runga. Peace of Mind will be re­leased on Fe­bru­ary 1 and is ex­pected to thrill fans of the three iconic Kiwi song­writ­ers and artists; strong women with voices and per­son­al­i­ties to match. The three mates first mused over mak­ing mu­sic to­gether while shar­ing a bot­tle of wine early last year. By Novem­ber they had writ­ten the ma­te­rial and were in Auck­land’s Lab stu­dio record­ing their new songs. ‘‘I’m really ex­cited and in­ter­ested to see how it’s re­ceived. We’ve all had heaps of fun do­ing it. It’s been a really easy process – some pretty se­vere dead­lines, but we’re really stoked with the al­bum,’’ Smith said. The trio was straight back into re­hearsals by mid-Jan­uary for The Win­ery Tour, which will Zealand’sGotTa­lent Clara van Wel. Fe­bru­ary 19. Waitiri Creek Win­ery, at Gibb­ston. bring them to Queen­stown next month. ‘‘I’ve got ties with Queen­stown . . . it’s my happy place . . . the girls are stoked to be get­ting down there.’’

Ac­com­plished artists: Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hol­lie Smith. What: The an­nual Clas­sic Hits Win­ery Tour 2013 fea­tur­ing AnikaBoh&Hol­lie, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Adults and­New

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