TALENTED musician Jenny Mitchell has had a year to remember and the Invercargill public will get a rare chance to celebrate with her next month.
Mitchell was named Southland Entertainer of the Year this year and not long after was crowned the New Zealand Gold Guitar winner.
“This year has certainly been a year of dreams. I have had the opportunity to work with some awesome people and I am so proud of what we’ve packed into 2017,” Mitchell said.
“It was so humbling to win Southland Entertainer of the Year when the other finalists were so experienced and are artists that I look up to in the Southland music industry.”
She said the magic part of both awards was that they were won with an original song.
“That’s something that is so important to me and it made the wins feel like I really won them for being me – not for trying to be anyone else.”
Alongside those awards, Mitchell has also been playing more shows than ever and said she had been lucky to meet some wonderful new people along the way.
“That’s the best part of all this. The people.
“Balancing all that chaos with first year of uni has been a struggle at times, but it’s been really rewarding to follow my passion for music while also pursuing my degree and studying subjects that I love.”
Mitchell will be showcasing her music at a headline show in Invercargill on Friday, October 6, at Repertory House. She will also perform a show in Gore in November.
“Both shows will have a full band with me which I don’t get to do very often so you don’t want to miss these ones.”
Mitchell has teamed up with MASSAV Productions to play the celebration gig in Invercargill.
“I’m lucky that my music has taken me to all corners of New Zealand, but there’s nothing quite like playing to a home crowd.
“The show will include some of my older material, some that’s never been heard before and a few of my favourite covers too.”
MASSAV Productions is an Invercargill-based organisation which brings quality entertainment to the city.
MASSAV Productions director Blair Savory said he predicted a very bright future ahead for Mitchell.
“Not only is Jenny a fantastic singer and guitar player, her songwriting talents are truly world-class.
“With a lot more hard work and a little bit of luck, Jenny could be the next international artist to originate from the deep south.”