Saxi’s star on rise in Los Angeles
It’s the musical equivalent of earning one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets.
Anna Saxton, who performs and records under the stage name Saxi, is flying to Los Angeles this month to embark on a six-week, all-expenses-paid musical scholarship programme.
While there, she will take part in a mentoring programme with Kenneth ‘‘Babyface’’ Edmonds, a 10-time Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, songwriter and vocalist who has worked with the world’s top performers.
Saxton, a 23-year-old Wintec music student, has self-managed her career, diligently training every weekend with an Aucklandbased vocal coach, performing pub gigs and at corporate functions, and generally seizing opportunities as they materialise.
Saxton is so far the only New Zealander selected for the course, alongside young musicians from Australia, India, the UK, Russia and the US.
Determined for her success not to be just a flash in the proverbial pan, she has worked recording sessions at York St Studios in Auckland. She also signed up for vocal coaching with Aucklandbased singing tutor Stuart Clarke.