Hol­ly­wood beck­ons for singer

Piako Post - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE MATHER

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.

Ar­rests: A 37-year-old fe­male ar­rested for im­mi­gra­tion removal; a 42-year-old fe­male was ar­rested for mak­ing a false state­ment; a 47-year-old fe­male ar­rested for fail­ing to ap­pear and be­ing an un­li­censed driver; a 24-year-old male was ar­rested for ob­tain­ing by de­cep­tion and a 26-year- old male was ar­rested for breach­ing court re­lease con­di­tions.

Bur­glary: A res­i­den­tial prop­erty was en­tered and a BBQ taken.

Ar­rests: A 45-year-old fe­male was ar­rested for Fraud.

For all emer­gen­cies, please call 111 with­out hes­i­ta­tion. To give in­for­ma­tion about a crime with­out re­veal­ing your iden­tity, call 0800 555 111 (Crimestop­pers)

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