Paula’s memorable musical year

Singer Paula Parore is in high demand for local, state and national performances.
Singer Paula Parore is in high demand for local, state and national performances.

The former The Voice contestant and Team Seal member launched her debut album Crossroads at a special performance at The Ellington Jazz Club earlier this month.

She is also in high demand for local, state and national performances and will perform at this year’s Bledisloe Cup in Sydney on August 16 and again in Brisbane in October after being selected by Australian Rugby Union last week.

The New Zealand-born singer songwriter was introduced to music from a young age, given her first guitar at the age of 12 and has not looked back with music becoming a pivotal part of her life.

‘My Maori culture is known for their musicality, I was very fortunate to have inherited a small part of that blessing,’ Parore said. ‘Music was always shared in our family, mostly at gatherings where we were all expected to sing for special occasions, regardless of age.’

Parore, whose singing career has helped her through the toughest of times, has gone from strength to strength since appearing on the hit television show.

She said she had been working hard to keep up her public profile.

‘I’ve opened an amazing festival called the New Zealand Natural Music Festival where I got to share the stage with my husband and cousin from Box Party, Stan Walker and other New Zealand bands,’ she said.

‘I’ve done a tour of the Pilbara, nine shows in nine days, sang at concerts in Sydney and Melbourne and have sung at various charity events and have a six-month residency at The Boat in Mindarie Marina which I love.’

The mother-of-three also hosts a music segment with her husband, Clay, on Foxtel’s Aurora channel for television show The Couch. Parore said the launch of her album Crossroads, which had been a labour of love and three years in the making, was a success with the live performance selling out.

She now hopes her appearances at the Bledisloe Cup where she will sing in her native Maori tongue and English will only further promote her profile.

‘I get to stand on the same field as the two best rugby teams in the world, the All Blacks and the Wallabies, and sing for my country of birth,’ she said.

‘There will be an estimated 80,000 people at the arena and nearly two million people watching on television ” gosh it’s a thought. The dream now is to be picked to sing my songs in New Zealand at the WOMAD music festival in my home area Taranaki.’

Parore’s album Crossroads is available on iTunes.