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Colette Rivers


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Individual performer New Zealand

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New Zealand alternative -folk songwriter, Colette Rivers brings together an eclectic mix of guitars, drums, folk instruments and synths to create music that is both uplifting and melancholic.

Rivers’ voice shivers with the raw expressiveness of greats like Bruce Springsteen or Gillian Welch, and a sharp edge that evokes the likeness of Liz Phair or Aimee Mann.

Rivers writes, records and produces her music in her home studio in Wairarapa, New Zealand.  “I tend to write the key parts to a song pretty quickly as they come to me fairly instantaneously. I spend quite a lot of time in the production phase where I am creating the more intricate parts of songs,” reflects Rivers.

“My aim is to have it sound gritty, truthful yet pretty,” says Rivers. Creating raw intensity is important to the singer-songwriter, yet there is an undeniable sense of strong melodic hook-writing in all of the songs.

Rivers has a penchant for writing poetic metaphors around stories that involve freedom, love, endings and beginnings - the good and the bad ends of the spectrum - the forks in the road that make us ‘human’.

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