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New Zealand born, I grew up in an extended family that embraced relatives, friends, foster kids and neighbours alike. I got my first guitar for Christmas aged 8, learned to sing in a church choir, grew up in Kapa Haka (Maori Performing Arts) Groups, writing poetry first then music pieces from the age of 13.
Nobody taught me, I just watched and learned, playing by ear. I was terribly shy, content with playing guitar in the background and quietly filling in harmonies where I heard them.
After getting married and having children I realised I'd been neglecting my first love, music. Jumping back into music through Church, my Gospel Choir and in my own right, I've finally admitted that this is what I'm meant to do - create, write, play and sing.