Direen ditches Bear Grylls to fo­cus on mu­sic

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka coun­try singing star­let Jody Direen is about to em­bark on one of the busiest months of her ca­reer, de­spite walk­ing away from her con­tract with Bear Grylls Ven­tures. Direen, 25, will open for in­ten­tional clas­sic rock sen­sa­tions Lynyrd Skynyrd, Star­ship and 10CC at the Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery Con­cert on Satur­day which was ex­pected to at­tract 15,000 peo­ple. Direen said ‘‘my main emo­tion is ex­cit­ment at the mo­ment. I’m re­ally ex­cited.’’ Singing cen­trestage at such a big event was a great step, she said. Af­ter a chance meet­ing at the Wanaka Lone Star last year Direen signed an ex­clu­sive deal with United States man­age­ment com­pany Bear Grylls Ven­tures af­ter meet­ing with the tele­vi­sion star. At the time she was the only per­son­al­ity signed by the com­pany be­side Bear Grylls. How­ever, af­ter six months she has de­cided to move on. ‘‘As time went on I felt I needed man­age­ment more in­volved in the mu­sic busi­ness and not tele­vi­sion,’’ she said. Direen will go to Aus­tralia’s three-day coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val CMC Rocks the Hunter next month.

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