⚡️ It’s Alive! ⚡️
Check out my new music video Frequency!
I’m so proud of this album and hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve loved creating it.
It’s jam packed with songs for kids up to age 12. I’ve included funny & imaginative songs, lullaby’s & songs about rural life and the environment, memories from my childhood. There’s even a song about a runaway chicken!
My hope is that is serves as a resource, as well as good old fashioned entertainment. And a handy stocking filler too
What a week! I flew to Auckland for some television and radio action, and even made it along to a fantastic touring workshop hosted by APRA. It was great to catch up with a bunch of wonderful friends, including some of my buddy’s from Kiwi Kids Music.
It’s so good to be back home with my family in our quiet wee valley again, as I gear up for a bunch of concerts in the lead up to Christmas.
Thank you so much to everyone who has pre purchased the album already. Over 300 copies are on their way to you this Christmas.
And if you haven’t seen Echo, check it out here!
I’ve been growing my vocabulary in our Native NZ Te Reo Maori language and one of the best ways I learn is through song. Writing songs in Maori has been as beneficial for my learning as it has been for kids.
In celebration of Maori Language week, I’m giving away the first single from my soon-to-be-released children’s album Fishing for Stars.
An annual event, Maori language week in 2018 runs from September 10-16th.
Haere Mai translates as “come here”. I wrote this track for Hawea Kindergarten after my sons’ teacher mentioned they’d love a new welcome song to call the children to the mat. The song is fun, interactive and has actions so I think it’ll go down well.
I hope you enjoy it too xxx
Things are gearing up with my team of videographers, animators and graphic designers, not to mention my beautiful star Tasmin, who is both my vocalist and actor in my soon-to-be-released single Echo.
In March this year I was exceptionally fortunate to be one of the first recipients for a new children’s music fund. What’s most exciting about this fund is that it will suddenly showcase the huge amount of fantastic talent we have in the children’s music sector here in NZ.
My song Echo has been tumbling around in my head for two years now, and Tasmin has even sung it at our local Hawea Playgroup Annual Fundraiser. It feels super exciting to bring it into real life, and something children can watch, hear and enjoy.
The Echo music video follows the story of a little girl who sees her wishing star in the winter sky, during our Maori New Years (Matariki). The star connects with her as she realises it’s her Grandfather that she has lost. She follows the star through an enchanted garden and to a magical treehouse where she finally can see it in all its splendour. My hope is that all children who watch the music video feel a connection to part of NZ’s culture, language and beliefs (*that our ancestors watch over us).
Echo is set to launch on October 1st in the lead up to the release of my 2nd studio album for kids Fishing for Stars, which will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Watch this space.
Love Anna ♡
It feels so incredible to be able to begin this project without the massive extra effort of finding the funds.
This project will encompass a new children’s music video, for my children’s song “ECHO” starring my very gorgeous and talented neice Tasmin van Riel.
I’m excited to be working with audio engineer and producer Danny Fairley from Mirrors Studios again. Together we’ve already created two NZ Tui nominated albums (Whistle & Hum and Cooking up a song) and with Danny on my team I feel confident we’ll have another great album on our hands.
Animator Traci Meek will be collaborating on the music video, which will be filmed by videographer Ollie Larkin.
The storyline depicts a young girl who is sitting at her bedroom window star gazing.
One star in particular shines extra bright and calls her out into the wintery night.
The girl (Tasmin) makes her way through an enchanted garden and into her treehouse where she can get closer to her wishing star.
The sky shows the constellation of Matariki (aka pleiades) which corresponds with NZ’s Maori New Year.
I’m incredibly excited to kick of this project, and immensely grateful to NZ on Air for the opportunity. This new funding grant for children’s music feels like a hugely positive step for Kiwi Kids Music.