JANNE IZETT

Janne grew up on a farm. Her parents were share-milkers for a while so Janne’s earliest musical influences were listening to what her parents heard on the radio and on records. “They were both fabulous ballroom dancers so that’s where the rhythm came in I guess”. Janne still loves to shake it on the dance floor and can rattle a mean tambourine.
Janne loved music from an early age and got her first guitar when in primary school. Janne remembers cycling to school with the guitar slung across her back. Janne still has that very guitar, with the hummingbird scratch plate.
In high school Janne was a foundation member of the school’s Show Band as was good friend Glenn Carley, they had some fun times playing for school productions. The school had them doing odd jobs to raise money for a canteen to be built and because Janne raised the most money in the school they gave her an amplifier to go with her electric guitar. Janne went along to a local country music club for a while but didn’t like to be limited to just one musical genre.

The electric guitar was sold and the acoustic guitar stored away while her focus shifted to job, husband and children. The guitar had a brief airing for kid’s songs but not too inspired by the wheels of the bus, so back in storage again.

Many years later and single again, Janne picked up her guitar and found that playing and singing helped her through some dark days, it was a great healing therapy. Janne had never tried to write a song before but knew she was good with poetry and harmonies so decided to give it a go.

Janne’s first song was written towards the end of 2009 and many muscian buddies relate when she tells them it was a break-up song. Affairs of the heart do tend to bring out strong emotions to the fore and music is a healthy safe way to express yourself.

One day in October 2011 Janne saw on telly that the cargo ship Rena had run aground on the Astrolabe reef and saw the devastating effect it had on the environment and wildlife. Janne sat down and cried, picked up a pen and paper and in 20 minutes had written the lyrics to Bleeding Oil which now available on YouTube as a fundraiser. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of Kinsella Music studio her song was well-received.

Janne became involved with the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club and has formed friendships from this group that will last a lifetime. The relationships have enabled her to meet people like David Shanhun who listened to her songs and encouraged her to keep writing, Brendan Power who inspired her to pick up a harmonica and Shona Laing. Janne had been a fan of Shona’s from my early days of learning guitar. Little did Janne know back then that she would one day have the opportunity to sing a half hour slot of her own songs as the opening act for Shona’s concert performed in Tauranga. Shona has also been very encouraging of Janne’s songwriting.

Janne has been performing in the Tauranga region in several venues and in different musical combinations over the past few years, mostly garden centres, cafes, restaurants, pubs, retirement homes, at club concerts and music festivals, and more recently at open mic nights. This has enabled Janne to embrace many different musical genres as she loves to play with other musicians with varying instruments.

Janne has continued to write songs and with the release of her single “Seasons” is grateful to be able to meet like-minded musicians to play alongside and help her on her music journey. With the help of The LMM Club Janne has performed regularly at Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand in Tauranga and been a guest in Auckland at the Dogs Bollix, The Junction in Thames and will be invited to tour with LA later in 2017. “Thankyou LA Thompson for showing me how to continue to grow as a recording and performing artist.”

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JAMES CORBAN

Born in Tauranga James grew up on semi-rural area on the out skirts of the city. Jame’s has early childhood memories of Sunday mornings listening to his father’s collection of jazz records.

James learned piano to grade 3. He taught himself some contemporary piano tunes he liked. In his late teens Jame’s bought a Neil Young song book and started to learn guitar. Neil is still one of his favorite song writers along with Bob Dylan,  Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and others.

Jame’s enjoys awide range of music. Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Cold Chisel, Deep purple, Led Zeppelin, U2 are just some of my favorites but he enjoyed all sorts of music from different genre’s.

Playing the guitar and learning to sing meant playing on the street busking was a good place to practice and earn a little money at the same time. With Rhythm and vocals James got together with a like-minded group of friends and formed a band (The Peace Shop) and played around the Coromandel but like a lot of bands we fell apart after one season. It was a great experience as there was 6 of them with 2 girls, so it gave us a lot of versatility and they were able to cover a wide variety of music.

James has always been a keen outdoors man. He believe my passion for nature is reflected in his writing.

James has written songs since he began playing guitar. He see music as an enjoyable way to communicate experiences, feelings, ideas etc. and have fun.

Jame’s favorite music is to create or jam with other like-minded musicians to make spontaneous but tight sounds. Ideally James would like to record his own songs (or yours) with a group of musicians in this way.

THE GRACIOUS DEVIANTS

The Gracious Deviants are an acoustic group based in Wellington, New Zealand. As well as a reasonably accurate description of the band’s personalities, “Gracious Deviants” is in fact an anagram of “voices and guitars”.

Their sound is pure, unadorned acoustic pop music heavy with harmony and steeped in the traditions of the great New Zealand singer/songwriters of the last thirty years. Their repertoire consists entirely of original material – songs about relationships, about love at every stage from the unrequited to the happy couple, from the first spark to the dying embers.

Old friends from way back, Pete and Darrel finally sat down and decided to write their own material after years of playing other people’s. Their first live performance together as the Gracious Deviants was a last-minute leap of faith at Henrietta Ford’s Stagecoach Open Mic Night at the Blue Note in Wellington using borrowed gear. Since then they have been catching the ears and eyes of Wellingtonians with their distinctive songs, the lyrics simple and relatable but never plain. Their performances have reminded audiences that music in its most stripped-down form- homegrown, acoustic, and entirely original- can be the most refreshing and novel.

Darrel and Pete are both strong singers, alternating lead vocals in their songs. Neither profess to be “lead guitarist” either, they prefer to accompany themselves with a more egalitarian, rhythmic interplay between their two acoustic guitars. Their goal in every performance is to come across as more than just three people, the sum far greater than its

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RON CRIBB

Ron Cribb is a talented Singer/songwriter and recording artist from Auckland, New Zealand. Having been born and raised in the King Country on a sheep and cattle farm in a small but quaint town called Taumarunui, Ron Cribb attributes his love for song from his humble upbringing in the country lifestyle. Ron comes from a large family of 14 and has been surrounded by the rhythms of nature.

Ron Cribb has a great ear for song writing. He has the determination to express himself in music in a way that captures the heart and paralyses the soul. As an up and coming artist Ron is totally focused on earning the respect of a loyal fan base, and at the same time break into the local and international music market.

Ron Cribb’s music is a blend of melodic and harmonic strains with no boundaries to genre fusion. His expression conveys in his music what he deems mature pop, delivered in a palatable manner. Ron’s style is a blend of genres consisting of pop, light rock and R n B.
Ron Cribb likes to challenge himself to better his craft at all times. Having tried his hand at media exposure for the likes of appearing on “Homai Te Paki Paki,” Maori TV 2010, also having won “The Singing Bee” TV2 back in 2009. Ron has won various singing competitions over the years. Ron is also an active member of the country music club circuit. Ron has also had the opportunity to perform at various major outdoor live events  e.g “Pasifika Festival 2012“, the “Grey Lynn Festival 2013 and local xmas outdoor festivals and fundraiser events.

Ron has finally channeled his calling into the realms of becoming a serious singer/songwriter and recording artist of late. His new debut single and Music Video called “This Could Be The Night” features Chikonabz a talented young female singer from Britain. Ron is making his mark as an artist determined to create his own brand.

Currently Ron is an active Member of The LMM Club which is the brain child of Shirley Howe also a singer/songwriter, her music name is LA Thompson. Shirley has helped give Ron a platform to showcase his own original Kiwi music. The club is dedicated to helping Kiwi artists perform their own penned material and gives opportunities to sing and perform covers of other well known Kiwi artists. Giving exposure as well and helping to build a good profile base.

Ron is not phased by conforming to current trends in music but being totally immersed in his own delectable style which he very strategically manages to cater for all age groups and cultures.

Ron’s main influences are Michael Jackson,  John Legend, Ed Sheeran. Adele, Ronan Keating, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, the late Whitney Houston, Dave Dobbin, Sons of Zion, Ardijah, Aradhna, Adeaze, Ria, Stan Walker, Savage Garden, Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Brian Mcknight, and the list goes on.

 

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KERRYN

Singer/Songwriter, Mother, full-time employed in sales, Kerryyn has managed to fit into her busy schedule, work as a parttime performer. Based in Auckland Kerryns love of songwriting and her desire to share her own music prompted her to join our team at LMM.

Never missing an opportunity to be creative Kerryn involves herself in anything to do with music. With a family growing to adulthood themselves this has left Kerryn free to make music her priority and as Kerryns Boys are older there is time to focus on her creative self.

Kerryn is a story teller using music to express herself. Kerryn is planning to set off around NZ promoting and singing her music.

 

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