Singer to hit global stage

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

Te Puke singer Moone will next week go from in­ti­mate theatre to the whole world in the blink of an eye.

Moone (Marama Rice) will per­form her de­but sin­gle DLB

( Drunk Lit­tle Bitch) at Litt Park Theatre at the same time as it is re­leased for down­load in­ter­na­tion­ally.

She has a very strong con­nec­tion with the theatre.

“My grand­fa­ther and my aunt, they were ac­tu­ally se­nior mem­bers from the very be­gin­ning,” she says.

Harry Rice was a con­cert pi­anist and also played for si­lent movies and Josie Rice was an opera singer. Her pic­ture is still hang­ing in the theatre.

“She was in one of their fist shows, Dial M For Mur­der,” says Moone.

Last year Moone’s daugh­ter Jazz Grind­ley-Rice played the ti­tle role in the Te Puke reper­tory pro­duc­tion of Snow White.

“It’s a great lit­tle iconic theatre and I’m re­ally happy to be play­ing there. It’s my de­but on the stage and to be able to be there is pretty spe­cial for me.”

She says she loves the in­ti­macy of the theatre.

“Peo­ple will be able to meet me and see me and the fact that it’s my home town is pretty im­por­tant to me.”

The sin­gle is drawn from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and tells the story of un­con­di­tional friend­ship, the tale of what it means to have a true friend ex­press­ing trust, love and ac­cep­tance.

The song was inspired by her best friend.

“We sat next to each other in typ­ing class when we were 12. Michelle would al­ways come to my dance recitals and then come on hol­i­day with me to my grand­par­ents in Te Puke — we would go to the Mount, sun­bathe and check out boys.

“We talk ev­ery day on the phone and still laugh at each other’s jokes.”

The song was writ­ten about a night the pair went out on the town down the Mount where her bestie de­cided to cross the road, fell and knocked her­self out.

“I picked her up off the road as a big black car was about to run her over. She gained a mas­sive haematoma on her fore­head, but still wanted to party.”

Moone stud­ied mu­sic at the Chris­tian City Church Min­istry Train­ing Col­lege, School of Cre­ative Arts in Syd­ney and ma­jored in con­tem­po­rary vo­cals. From 2000 to 2007 she owned and op­er­ated Sound­box Stu­dios in Syd­ney.

“I had per­formed, but I was pretty much run­ning the record­ing stu­dio and a lot of my en­ergy went into other artists and look­ing after them and mak­ing sure we got the best out of them.”

But now she is the per­former. “This is a dream I’ve had since I was a lit­tle kid and it’s ac­tu­ally my turn.”

Moone’s orig­i­nal reper­toire en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from soul to jazz, and even reg­gae.

“A lot of my stuff is about women re­claim­ing them­selves — that’s come from my own ex­pe­ri­ence. I’ve lived a lit­tle.”

Moone will be singing at the launch of Karyl Gunn-Thomas’ book My Story on Septem­ber 27 at the Vec­tor Group on Ox­ford St and then at the sold out Litt Park Theatre gig the fol­low­ing evening.

PHOTO / DP PHO­TOS

MOONE (Marama Rice) will de­but her first sin­gle at Te Puke’s Litt Park Theatre on Septem­ber 28.

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