"I write songs about my own life and about the lives of people who inspire me with their strength and story in the day-to- day journey we all know as life. I relate to others through our shared emotions, fears, and hiding places. Just as the light on a parabolic curve causes it to focus on one fixed point, so is my journey to channel my creative heart into a place where it can be seen and it can be useful."
Music, to Parabola West, is a creative outlet where meaning and stories are expressed, created and found. The independent singer/songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand is an empathetic soul whose catchy folk-pop tunes and piano-driven ballads are complimented by lyrics that speak of freedom and the very human emotions of love, vulnerability and hope. Her songs illustrate an eclectic variety of influences ranging from blues through to classic rock and opera.
Originally from the East Coast of America, she moved to New Zealand in 2003 after touring with UK-based band Dreamfield and launched her solo career as Parabola West in 2013. Her debut EP Did You Hear? will be released in March 2014.
Born and raised in Papua New Guinea, Brent Joseph Sause aka Lil Trigarow Swag first moved to New Zealand at the tender age of six. At church in Wellington he sang regularly and discovered a love of music through an unlikely source – his mother's gospel alarm radio.
The family moved back to Papua New Guinea (PNG) when Brent was ten years old and his musical talent grew; he learnt to rap for a school project, picked up piano and guitar through books and taught himself to record his efforts on an old computer using Fruity Loops.
This passionate hobby became his lifeline, sustaining him during a major upheaval in his formative years – a move back to New Zealand to finish off high school. At the age of fifteen he was boarding at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland, the country's biggest city.
Lisa Crawley has a brand new album out called 'All In My Head' we're stoked to feature her single Elizabeth as our Kiwi Download!
Strahan's been keeping busy, he's been on tour with Tear Fund, had his album up for free download and also been working on new material - including this new song 'There Will Be A Day'. Its a different sound, less folky, more gospel - and definitely worth a listen. Download from noisetrade now or listen below.
Holly Arrowsmith is a blues/ folk musician who hails from the mountain valleys of Queenstown, New Zealand
When 60's and 70's folk and blues is all a child is brought up on, something unique is created- A 'distinctively powerful' sound is stirring in the soulful music of Holly Arrowsmith.
Born In the dry desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountain valleys of Queenstown, New Zealand, Miss Arrowsmith has had many cultural, artistic and environmental influences, ultimately manifesting in the form of song.
From a young age, the momentum behind Holly's vision has been building. At just 16, she was a finalist in the New Zealand Country Music awards with her song 'Heavenly Lights', and went on in her teenage years to win many local titles including 'Best acoustic artist' two years in a row, 'The Best original song' And Queenstowns 'Ultimate Muso' at the Battle of the Muso's.
More recently, Arrowsmith was named the winner of 2012 'Songstars' competition, with her powerful single 'Wolves and Moons'. She performed at Parachute Festival 2013 and opened the Queenstown Winter Festival for a crowd of over 10,000.
In June 2013, Arrowsmith released her first EP 'The River' to great response, and is embarking to tour NZ and play at numerous festivals.
With a voice that has been described as 'Organic' , 'Haunting' and 'Entrancing' and lyrics that lay bare a heart to carry light and hope into peoples lives, Holly Arrowsmith is a name to watch.
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Holly Christina, is not your usual Acoustic-pop material. Holly combines a unique melodic blend of rhythmic vocal and guitar delivery with refreshingly insightful lyrics.
Now with three compelling albums released (Miss Naive November 2012, interchange November 2009, One Road May 2008) and a Diploma in Creative Enterprise gained in 2009, Holly Christina also runs a guitar and songwriting tutoring business GatSong. With her music taking her to the US a couple of times in 2011, she continues to break the mould in the music industry with another independent release for her brand new album.
Big congrats to the winner of the Homegrown Unsigned Competition - We Stole The Sun. We're stoked to have them feature on the Kiwi Download.
Lots of great things come in twos.
Lemon and lime, cookies and cream, Harry and Ron, Tom and Jerry and Batman and Robin. Not to mention Sherlock and Watson, Woody and Buzz, Calvin and Hobbes and Jonny and June. Something happens when two make something happen together that couldn't happen otherwise.
We Stole The Sun is a bit like that. Emily is the floaty free, jazz scatting, fun loving soul who seems to find the most unusual melodies from chords that most people forgot existed. Sam is the melancholic character, sporting much more facial hair, digging around in songs to find the right words and learning that this is a very different gig to singing in a rock band. Together the two have found a sound with all the pieces assembled in a new way.
Seen through the eyes of Joel Gray, the Make Me New EP draws on the experience of his faith and human nature colliding. Click 'Read More' to download this stunning four-track EP completely free!