Jody’s second disc breakout
Jody Direen is looking for some valuable time out next month, after a ‘‘crazy busy’’ 18 months completing her second album Jody Direen Breaks Out.
The Wanaka songstress is a well known identity in her home town and thanks to lots of local radio airtime, locals can already sing along to several singles from the album – songs such as Loud, Mine and Together.
Direen wrote and recorded many of the album’s 14 songs during a six-month stint in Nashville about 18 months ago, and has remained in close contact with award-winning producer Jay Tooke and other music industry friends.
‘‘Nashville is a very inspiring place. I wrote the majority of the material there. Meeting some of my idols while I was there really fuelled my passion for writing and music even more,’’ she said.
The album was actually a four-year project and Direen is looking forward to taking a holiday.
‘‘I want to give the album time to circulate a little bit. And I am feeling a bit burned out. I have been crazy busy so I will be taking a short break in May,’’ she said.
Australia seems to be where Direen’s career is naturally evolving at the moment, although a return to Nashville is always on the cards.
‘‘Definitely. No doubt about it. I may find I might even pack my bags and move over there to live for a while. But the chances are you won’t make a dent in one year. And there are still gaps I can fill in Australasia.’’
Home is where the heart is and Direen is confident in her decision to work independently from Wanaka.
She is making a living out of doing what she loves, was nominated for the Country Music Channel New Oz Artist of the Year award earlier this year and opened for Kenny Rogers at his Christchurch concert in February.
At 26 years of age she feels wiser now, than when she launched her career as a teenager straight out of Mt Aspiring College.
‘‘I am pretty satisfied with where I am right now. I think I will keep progressing this way.’’
Direen is performing at this weekend’s Race to the Sky motorsport event in the Cardrona Valley and will celebrate the Jody Direen Breaks Out launch with a free concert at the Lake Hawea Hotel on Saturday, April 25.
Lloyd Allison, of Bannockburn and Douglas Herbert, of Bannockburn.