Jody’s sec­ond disc break­out

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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.

jody­di­reen.com

Lloyd Al­li­son, of Ban­nock­burn and Dou­glas Her­bert, of Ban­nock­burn.

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