Jack­son home to per­form at show

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Jack­son Owens has wowed crowds across Amer­ica and proved a YouTube hit with tens of thou­sands of views on his videos, but there’s one stage he’s par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing on.

As a “proud Ma¯ori”, his per­for­mance at the Tiki hua fash­ion, de­sign, mu­sic and dance ex­trav­a­ganza at Ro­torua’s Te Puia in two week’s time is some­thing par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for the Tu¯rangi 20 year old. The op­por­tu­nity to do what he loves, in a place sur­rounded by mana and steeped in his­tory, was a chance Jack­son was never go­ing to pass up.

The pop­u­lar­ity of Tiki hua’s first show­case in 2016 meant Jack­son knew about it even be­fore be­ing asked to per­form, open­ing for L.A.B on Oc­to­ber 6. The con­cert will fol­low the run­way fash­ion show, with the two show­cases be­ing split and tick­ets avail­able for ei­ther the con­cert, fash­ion show or both.

Te Puia gen­eral man­ager sales and mar­ket­ing, Kiri Atkin­son-Crean says it is fan­tas­tic to have some­one like Jack­son per­form­ing as part of the con­cert.

“He is a ta­lented young man who fits per­fectly with the Tiki hua con­cept. We’re re­ally ex­cited we’ve se­cured him for Tiki hua be­fore he heads off on tour with Stan Walker.”

For Jack­son, who first gained ac­claim as a child grow­ing up in Tu¯rangi when he be­gan post­ing videos on YouTube, it is a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to per­form to a home crowd.

Over the past four years, Jack­son has spent lengthy pe­ri­ods in the United States af­ter be­ing hand-picked by Back­street Boys pro­ducer Tim­o­thy Coons, who dis­cov­ered the teen on YouTube.

In the US, Jack­son was placed in a boy band, Far Young, which toured across the States.

He ad­mits peo­ple prob­a­bly recog­nise him more in the US than they do in New Zealand, but he’s work­ing to change that.

Liv­ing back in Taupo¯, Jack­son has been trav­el­ling between there and Auck­land record­ing songs, in­clud­ing his two sin­gles, Touch and The Week­end.

“Af­ter Tiki hua I’m go­ing on tour with Stan Walker which I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to, and I’ve got some more sin­gles com­ing out soon.”

In Tiki hua Jack­son will per­form a mix of “old-school songs” and some of his own works.

“It will be a good jam, ev­ery­one will be hav­ing fun. I ob­vi­ously love per­form­ing my orig­i­nal stuff be­cause I know ex­actly the mean­ing be­hind it, but I grew up on a lot of old school mu­sic. I got dis­cov­ered per­form­ing that on YouTube — what an amaz­ing plat­form that is.

“I’m just a young guy re­ally pas­sion­ate about mu­sic. I love to sing, and I’m re­ally blessed to be in the sit­u­a­tion I’m in now.”

Jack­son says be­ing able to travel and work both in theUS and New Zealand gives him the best of both worlds but cred­its the time he spent over­seas with teach­ing him im­por­tant skills.

“That time was so valu­able. I learnt a hell of a lot about the in­dus­try and I re­ally trea­sure my time over there.”

The big­gest les­son? Jack­son says prob­a­bly it was just com­ing out of his shell and learn­ing more about the big­ger world that ex­isted out­side of New Zealand.

“Tu¯rangi is not the big­gest town around so it was a big shock. I was quite shy and would hold my per­son­al­ity in. Amer­ica opens you up.”

While his group ex­pe­ri­ence didn’t work out in the end, he doesn’t rule that out in fu­ture, but says for now his solo ca­reer is the fo­cus.

“I’ve al­ways liked the sound of a group with all the har­monies.

“You never know some time down the line.”

Tiki hua fuses con­tem­po­rary fash­ion with tra­di­tional Ma¯ori arts on Oc­to­ber 6 at Ro­torua’s Te Puia.

A bar ser­vice and food is avail­able for the R18 con­cert, with tick­ets avail­able from www.tick­et­mas­ter.co.nz us­ing the key­word Tiki hua. Tick­ets can be pur­chased for ei­ther the run­way show, or con­cert or both.

Fea­tured de­sign­ers in the fash­ion show in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia star William

Wai­irua, Miro­moda win­ner Misty

Ra­tima and Kiri

Nathan.

Photo / Sup­plied

Jack­son Owens: "I love to sing, and I’m re­ally blessed to be in the sit­u­a­tion I’m in now.”

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