Feel-good mu­sic tour

Can­cer sup­port

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata’s Gloss Beauty Bou­tique hosted singer-song­writer Chris San­ders on Fri­day as part of a one-of-a-kind mu­sic tour.

The six-date You Beauty tour in­cludes per­for­mances in salons across Auck­land and Tau­ranga, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards women’s can­cer sup­port net­work Look Good Feel Bet­ter.

About 50 ladies turned out to sup­port the tour at a Gloss VIP event at Daltons, rais­ing a to­tal of $500.

‘‘It was a fan­tas­tic night,’’ said Mr San­ders.

‘‘The ladies at the event said they re­ally en­joyed the mu­sic, the makeup demos and of course the lovely food and wine.’’

Look Good Feel Bet­ter is a free ser­vice of­fered to women un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer.

They run beauty work­shops to help women feel more con­fi­dent and cope with the phys­i­cal side ef­fects of treat­ment.

‘‘We are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be a part of this very unique salon mu­sic tour,’’ said Look Good Feel Bet­ter gen­eral man­ager Yvonne Brown­lie.

‘‘It means more women will find out about the sup­port that is avail­able to them or a friend who is deal­ing with can­cer’’.

Orig­i­nally from the UK, Mr San­ders owned a salon in Auck­land for 10 years and has since worked be­hind the scenes at salons across the coun­try.

‘‘It made sense for me to com­bine my mu­si­cal gift and con­nec­tion with the salon in­dus­try to help an or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports women with can­cer,’’ he said.

‘‘As a for­mer salon owner, I saw first-hand how a good doll up can help the self-es­teem and con­fi­dence of our clients who were bat­tling can­cer.’’

Mr San­ders is per­form­ing songs from his de­but EP, Home Away From Home, on the tour, as well as ma­te­rial from his up­com­ing al­bum.

He com­pares his melodic rock style with Crowded House and he has sup­ported artists such as Tim Finn, Dave Dob­byn and Anika Moa.

His mu­sic is avail­able on iTunes and all May sales will be do­nated to Look Good Feel Bet­ter. He will also do­nate 10c from ev­ery down­load of his iPhone and iPad app Salon Finder.

On tour: Singer-song­writer Chris San­ders at Gloss Beauty Bou­tique – the first stop on his You Beauty Salon Tour.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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