Wairarapa country music festival Headline act 2018
The Wairarapa Country Music Festival proudly presents Jody Direen
The Wairarapa Country Music Festival is proud to announce that Jody Direen, ‘The Queen of Country Music’, will be headlining the 2018 Country Music Festival on 12, 13 & 14 January.
Hailing from Wanaka, Jody began touring New Zealand at 20 years old as a solo acoustic artist. She released her debut album ‘Here We Go’ in 2011 with her own writing credits behind every original song. The album proved to be a hit with her local fanbase and in 2012 she won the Horizon Award (CMANZ) which also secured her a guest spot performing at the CMA Festival Global Artist Showcase in Nashville, TN (the largest country music festival in the world).
Jody loved Nashville so much, she stayed on to write and record her next album for three months. During this time, U.S based talent management company Bear Grylls Ventures managed and supported her. Under their guidance, her first single ‘Loud’ off her second studio album ‘Breaks Out’ was released with an edgier sound. ‘Loud’ launched straight to #1 in the NZ iTunes Country chart and remained in the NZ TOP 20 for two weeks peaking at #14.
‘Loud’ succeeded across the ditch in Australia too debuting on the Country Music Channel (CMC) at #10 and #13 on Australian Country Radio. Honoured by CMANZ as the 2015 Female Artist of the Year and crowned Best Female Vocalist by VAC (Benny Awards) that same year, Jody also received her first three CMC nominations for New Oz Artist, Oz Artist and Female Artist of the Year. The release of ‘Breaks Out’ was a turning point in Jody’s career with fourteen tracks laden with inescapable hooks and powerful vocals. Fans connected with Jody all over the world through her new music with Jody’s writing credits behind a majority of the songs. The second and third singles off the album, ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Together’ both charted Top 10 across New Zealand.