STORYTELLING is at the heart of the music produced by southern songwriter Jenny Mitchell.
Mitchell will perform at Invercargill’s Tuatara Cafe on Friday, following the launch of the first single off her upcoming album Wildfires on Monday.
Since making the finals of New Zealand’s Got Talent in 2013, the Gore teenager has been a rising star on the New Zealand music scene, subsequently winning the NZ Gold Guitar Award, MLT Songwriting Award, and Southland Entertainer of the Year Award.
However, next week’s gig will be the first time Mitchell has headlined a show in Invercargill.
Mitchell said a lot of people from Southland supported her crowd-funded album, which will be released later this year, so she was looking forward to performing for them.
“It was really great to have Southland’s support.”
Mitchell, who will perform with a band, said the show would feature the new music she had been working on.
Inspiration had come from her journey over the past couple of years.
“The album’s like a narrative from start to finish actually. It’s about leaving home and what that feels like and also travelling.”
She said a lot of the later songs were inspired by how life wasn’t exactly what she thought it would look like.
It’s been transient and hectic – “but I wouldn’t have it any other way”.
Performing in countries including Ireland, Sweden and Australia, Mitchell said she really enjoyed her first dose of being on the road.
“It’s been a really colourful year… I loved it.
“It was a pretty special experience.”
The gigs overseas were quite intimate, Mitchell said, giving the crowd an opportunity to listen to the story behind each song, and she hoped to be able to bring this experience to Southland.
“The story is a big part of what I want to share with people.”
There had been a lot of work behind the scenes planning for the launch of her new music and she was looking forward to the next few weeks, she said.
“I’m in good spirits and excited to share the new songs.”
MASSAV Productions presents Jenny Mitchell and band, single release show, Tuatara Cafe, Friday, September 14. Doors open 6pm, show begins 8pm. Presales available at TicketDirect. Door sales if available.