Country queen


She’s the young Kiwi singer who dreams of taking her music to Nashville, and after listening to country crooner Bronwyn, you get the feeling it may not be just a pipe dream.

The Dunedin songstress is playing at Queenstown’s Muskets and Moonshine tomorrow night.

It follows a stellar 12 months that’ve seen her release her first EP and build a name for herself in the NZ music scene.

Her love of music began early in life, she says.

“I started learning orchestral instruments when I was about four, anything from flute to saxophone, but nothing quite stuck.

“When I was 11 I decided to try singing for a year and I never looked back. I was hooked.”

Her early efforts as a professional muso have paid dividends.

She wrote and released an EP late last year, called All In, which reached number nine on the NZ music charts.

“I released a series of creative lyric videos for all the songs on it earlier this year that were made out of everything from invisible ink to chocolate coins, and a few weeks ago I released a music video for my song Wish Me Luck that I shot when I was in LA earlier this year.”

After an impressive start, she says she’s got big plans for the future.

“I have a lot of goals but the main ones are to move to Nashville, tour the world and continue releasing original music that I’m proud of.”

She describes her sound as “contemporary country” – a bit of country, a bit of pop, a bit of folk, a bit of rock all rolled into one.

“At the moment I’m really inspired by an American country artist, Kelleigh Bannen.

“Despite being dropped from a label she keeps on releasing music independently and in my opinion it’s some of the best new music I’ve heard over the past couple of years. She’s also created a podcast called This Nashville Life which talks about all aspects of the country music industry. It’s pretty much my research until I can finally move over there!

“Locally I’m also super-inspired by Jenny Mitchell, her single Wildfires has been on repeat and I’m impatiently waiting for her album later this month.”

She says she loves performing, and being able to connect with so many people.

“Hearing how some of my songs helped people through tough times is pretty special too.”

To catch Bronwyn, head to Muskets and Moonshine, tomorrow, 6pm