Oamaru songwriter Valemma Wright has won two international awards with her first song:
Valemma Wright’s motto has served her well: “Be realistic – expect a miracle”.
She has indeed landed one, winning two international awards for the first song she has ever written.
Wright was in Los Angeles to collect the honours at the Global Peace Song Awards on September 21 – United Nations World Peace Day.
Her song Peace to the World was sung live by tenor Cameron Barclay in the “classical, opera, a cappella” category. It won both the People’s Choice Award and the Social Media Award. . .
The people who introduced New Zealand to Blue Smoke are to be inducted into the Music Hall of Frame:
The singer, guitarist and song-writer who kickstarted New Zealand’s music industry with the release of the country’s first hit song Blue Smoke are to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
This morning it was announced Pixie Williams, Ruru Karaitiana and Jim Carter will be honoured at this year’s Australasian Performing Rights Association’s Silver Scroll awards on 2 October.
It sold 50,000 copies in two years, was covered by a string of big-name international musicians, and started the recording era here with a bang. . .
Blue Smoke was the mastermind of Dannevirke man Ruru Karaitiana in May 1940, before Pixie Williams’ rendition was released in June 1949 and became an instant hit. . .