Congratulations Shona Laing - NZ Music Hall of Fame
The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award was presented to Shona Laing at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award was presented to Shona Laing at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, where Shona will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame.
Shona Laing is a musician who has written some of New Zealand's most memorable songs, gaining an audience and respect beyond our borders.
Laing first hit the spotlight aged 17 on the TV show New Faces with her hit ‘1905'. That song and ‘Show Your Love' both went Gold and also peaked at #4 on the New Zealand charts.
Laing spent some time in the UK in the 1970s where she was a vocalist with Manfred Mann's Earth Band alongside fellow Kiwi Chris Thompson.
Whilst living overseas Laing had a couple of international hits, most notably with "(Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy" and "Soviet Snow". She also contributed music to, and appeared in, the 1985 action film Shaker Run.
Recorded Music New Zealand Chief Executive, Damian Vaughan says Recorded Music NZ is delighted to welcome Shona Laing into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. "Not only is she extremely talented and deserving of this award, hers is also a pioneering acknowledgement of the role female artists play in our music psyche."
Laing continues to perform the occassional show and is currently a Music Mentor with the NZ Music Commission's Music Mentoring In Schools Programme helping to develop the musical talent of our nations youth.
Whilst in Auckland for her induction to NZ Music Hall of Fame Shona joined other mentors the NZ Music Commission's ‘Girls ROCK & Write (songs) Day held at MAINZ. (pictured)
Read more about Shona Laing at Audioculture
The full list of finalists for this years Vodafone NZ Music Awards can be found here.
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