Pearly puts the mojo in music

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It’s business as usual for powerhouse Queenstown vocalist Pearly McGrath after hit Wakatipu musical Rock and Roll Suicide. 

McGrath, 26, got rave reviews for her performances in the David Bowie-inspired stage show that recently ran for three nights in Arrowtown. 

She’s now back wowing fans in the resort with her regular bands – rock outfit Mojo and mellow duo Shay & Pearly, both of which include singer/guitarist Shay Muddle. 

Between the two groups, McGrath has four gigs in Queenstown during the coming week. 

“The Bowie show was amazing and has given me a real boost,” she says. 

“I’m so glad I did it because music-wise it has motivated me to get back out there again and do everything I want to do.” 

Originally from Wellington, McGrath shifted to Queenstown from Bannockburn last year when work started pouring in at resort bars and clubs. 

Before that, she had a spell as a pop wannabe in a band based in Bali. 

“I had to get out of that because the manager of the group was trying to control every area of our lives and it all got a bit scary,” McGrath says. 

“If any of the blokes in the band even talked to me the wrong way they were not only sacked, they had to leave the country as well.

“It was all a bit too crazy.” 

As well as her two usual live musical outlets, busy McGrath also belts out songs for resort stalwarts Pearly and the Oystermen plus the Master Blasters. 

“In Queenstown I have everything I want,” she says. 

“I get to sing and work with some great musicians and also make a full-time living from it, so why would I want to be anywhere else?”

Catch Pearly McGrath with Mojo at Pub on Wharf on Saturday. She sings with Shay & Pearly at Winnies on Sunday, Pog Mahones on Tuesday and the Pig & Whistle on Wednesday. All gigs at 9pm.