Saxi’s star on rise in Los Angeles

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - MIKE MATHER

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.

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