Pro­mot­ing coun­try mu­sic

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Af­ter a lengthy stint away from the mu­sic spot­light, Toko­roa coun­try mu­sic singer Va­lerie Joyce has re­turned with amaz­ing re­sults.

Joyce per­formed at the Auck­land Coun­try Mu­sic Awards, win­ning the gospel sec­tion and run­ner-up over­all in the vet­eran’s sec­tion.

Joyce said there were around 75 singers in the competition who saw her per­form 10,000 An­gels Cried for her fi­nal gospel per­for­mance.

While she has been singing pub­licly since she was 25 years old, Joyce ad­mit­ted that she still be­came ner­vous be­cause competition judges were cri­tiquing vo­cal tech­nique in­clud­ing dic­tion.

Joyce also wanted to use her suc­cess in Auck­land to help pro­mote coun­try mu­sic in Toko­roa, say­ing more young peo­ple should take part in coun­try mu­sic clubs.

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