“There are singers, and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn’t big enough.” -HMV
“A great big canyon of a voice..” -DOWNBEAT
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio)
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
In 2014, Tami was also awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back to Your Arms)”, as well as “Best Female Artist” at the National Country Music Awards and APRA’s “Best Country Song” at the NZ Country Music Awards. The release of her explosive album “Dynamite!” received rave reviews in MOJO, The Guardian (named “Top 10 Best Country Music Album”) and climbed to #1 on the NZ Music Charts, and winning the title of 2015’s “Best Country Music Album”
A 5 Star review in the NZ Herald claimed “This world-class album is a major statement from an artist at the top of her lyrical and vocal game.”
Just 18 months after “Dynamite!”, this prolific artist released her follow-up album, “Don’t Be Afraid” to critical acclaim, debuting on the NZ Album Charts and the Independent Music Charts at #1, proving that the powerhouse that is Tami Neilson is a force to be reckoned with.
New Zealand media were all in agreement on the strength of “Don’t Be Afraid”, with the album gaining rave reviews from all corners – 4.5 & 5 Star reviews from the NZ Herald, NZ Listener, Sunday Star Times, Rip It Up, Dominion Post and Radio New Zealand just to mention a few.
“It’s not often that you’ll come across an album that grabs you by the arm, reaches down your throat and wrenches your heart like this one..”
Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald 5 Stars
Internationally, 2016 has seen Tami play to sold out shows in Canada, hit the US Americana Charts, have a song from “Don’t Be Afraid” placed on the TV Series “Nashville, hold prime-time interviews on CBC Canada and gain airplay on several BBC Stations.
In New Zealand she has gone on to score the TV Series “Brokenwood Mysteries 2“ and play host of shows including performing at the 2015 Vodafone Music Awards, Womad NZ ,Auckland City Limits and a National Tour with her longtime collaborators Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams.
Don’t be Afraid” had it’s worldwide release in Sept 2016, its first single, “Holy Moses” shooting to #2 in the Top 20 across Canada on CBC.
“Quite simply, this is killer stuff. Your jaw will drop at first listen to the voice belting it out on the opening cut “Walk (Back To Your Arms)”.” 9 out of 10 Review
Kerry Doole ~ EXCLAIM! Magazine Canada