American musician Katie Ferrara has beaten more than 300 contestants to play at WinterFest’s opening night.
She’ll be joined by five other street performers from across the globe - creating the ultimate street band.
The 26-year-old submitted a busking video of an original track, Leaves, to an online competition.
The video received more than 9000 views on Facebook in a week, something she never expected.
Speaking to Mountain Scene from her home town of Los Angeles, she says it’s the biggest accomplishment of her career.
Ferrara taught herself to play the guitar at 16 and has been writing and performing since.
She hopes the competition - Feeling The Street - will help her get discovered.
“I take street performing seriously and wanted to take my experience to the next level.”
She plays a mix of folk and pop and likes to write songs with catchy choruses.
It will be Ferrara’s first trip to New Zealand. She’s excited to sample Kiwi culture, the music scene - and snow.
“In LA we don’t really have seasons - I like the idea of celebrating winter in June.”
Priorities while she’s in town include bungy jumping, skiing, rafting, hiking - oh, and tasting hokey pokey.
Ferrara will be joined by Borja Catanesi from Spain, Andrew Fisher from America, Wojtek Gasiorowski from Poland, Toby Jacobs from Belgium and Gustavo Ruedas from Colombia.
They take to the stage next Friday night to open this year’s American Express Winter Festival.