Don’t compare Queenstown songbird Tori Reed live on Saturday with her sound on her new CD – she’s just had a tonsillectomy.
Reed launches Long Nights, Flightless Birds And Coming Home just four weeks after her operation.
“It was incredibly painful,” Reed says, “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”
Reed won’t be surprised if the operation has changed her voice a little.
“I’ve heard reports of people being able to hit lower notes than they ever could before.”
Reed’s only just started to sing again: “It’s only been early this week that I can actually push any notes out.”
Reed’s unworried about her tonsil-less voice lasting out the big gig: “Nah – it’ll be fine.”
The debut album comprises eight tracks recorded at Paul Inger’s local Recording Room studio.
Going in for singing competition Songstars earlier this year helped her pluck up the courage to make the CD, Reed says.
Accompanying the singer-songwriter on vocals, guitar and piano work at Saturday’s launch will be a seven-piece outfit comprising almost all the local musos on the CD.
Reed calls her output “contemporary folk with blues, country and even some jazz [elements]” and lists her musical influences as Ani DiFranco, Mick Drake and Tracy Chapman.
Originally from Auckland, Reed has mostly lived in Queenstown for the past five years.
Several of her original songs were written here, Reed says: “Inspiration is easy to come by in these surroundings.”
Reed’s driving ambition is to get onto the festival circuit and play music full-time.
There’s no cover charge on Saturday night, the singer says, as she wants to thank people who supported earlier gigs at places such as Eichardts, Camp Street Brewing Co and No5.
“I’d like to share with all the people who helped me along the way,” Reed says.
Catch the launch of Tori Reed’s debut CD at The Find from 8pm this Saturday, free admission