Hollywood beckons for singer
If good luck is the residue of hard work, then fortune is surely set to smile broadly upon Coral Pitcher.
The 24-year-old singersongwriter’s efforts have been rewarded with the surprise offer of inclusion in the New Zealand contingent competing in the World Championships of Performing Arts, being held in Hollywood, California next month.
The Morrinsville-born artist has worked hard on her career, which culminated with the release her debut album My Addictive DNA in August last year.
Shortly before her album was released she performed in a freeto-air concert at Hamilton radio station Free FM. A talent scout for the championships happened upon it, and wrote to her to see if she would be willing to take part.
‘‘I put a lot of stuff out there and I always hope it is going to get a bite ... It feels like it is the right thing to be happening at this time.’’
Pitcher is putting all the money she makes from her gigging towards the forthcoming trip to LA.
‘‘I’m crossing my fingers nothing happens before then. At any moment my car might stop working.
‘‘I’m performing three to four nights a week. There’s lots of hustling and the word spreads if people know that you deliver.’’
But just because she is working hard, it does not mean that Pitcher’s creativity dries up as a result. Recently parting ways with her long-term boyfriend has provided an unexpected impetus.
‘‘It turns out that heartbreak inspires a lot of songs.’’
Writing about her challenges on Facebook proved to be a liberating experience, as well as a unifying one.
‘‘A lot of people have responded to me, telling me how brave I was for speaking out and telling me about their own situations, saying ‘Hey, I’m glad I’m not alone’.’’
Pitcher’s aptly-named Go For Gold tour includes a gig at Austin’s Bar, Te Aroha, on June 16 and The Roadhouse, Morrinsville, June 22.
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