Brooke Fraser

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It's the day after the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards, where she has picked up both the Best Female Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist awards on the back of her four-times platinum-plus debut album, What To Do With Daylight. We've all heard about the legendary after-show parties at the Music Awards, so it wouldn't have been surprising if the 20-year-old songstress had been looking a bit ragged after the celebrations. Instead, she's positively radiant at our lunchtime interview. (By Gary Steel) Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen Brooke Fraser

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The daughter of a former All Black, Brooke Fraser skipped the playing field for piano lessons at seven, began crafting her song-writing skills at 12 and was learning the acoustic guitar at 15. In 2003 her debut album, What to Do with Daylight topped the NZ charts and went gold. It was followed in 2006 by Albertine, which provided an international launch pad. Third album Flags (lead by single ‘Something in the Water’) achieved global success, including reaching number three in Australia. Brutal Romantic followed in 2014." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • Tagata Pasifika - 2011 Polynesian Blue Pacific Music Awards

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: News/Current Affairs ; Magazine ; Lifestyle ; Television

    "It’s Samoan Language Week and Tom Natoealofa says “Talofa!” to kick off Tagata Pasifika's coverage of the 2011 Polynesian Blue Pacific Music Awards. Natoealofa co-hosts with Angela Tiatia, from the TelstraClear Pacific (now Vodafone) Events Centre in Manukau. The awards honour everything from gospel to urban. Nesian Mystik take out a trifecta including the big one, and Ladi 6 collects a brace. In the last clip Annie Crummer picks up a Lifetime Achievement gong, and the Ponsonby Methodist Church Choir perform her song ‘See What Love Can Do’." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Albertine

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "Brooke Fraser took her inspiration for ‘Albertine’ from a girl she met in Rwanda who had been orphaned by the Rwandan genocide, which claimed 800,000 lives in 1994. Believing that “faith without deeds is dead”, Fraser resolved to tell the orphan's story to the world. A similar determination to be more than just a “voyeur of tragedy” is underlined in Anthony Rose’s elegantly understated video, which deals not in terrible statistics but the humanity of everyday people in Rwanda. ‘Albertine’ won the 2007 APRA Silver Scroll for songwriting." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Arithmetic

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "The clip for this single off Brooke Fraser’s seven time platinum selling album debut What to do with Daylight works from a simple concept. Accompanied by a string quartet, Fraser sings sweetly from behind a grand piano in an empty studio. Most distinctive however is the clip's liberal use of fairy lights, which cover the studio wall, the piano and the string quartet. This abundance didn’t go unnoticed: children's show Studio 2 gave Arithmetic the (satirical) award for “most use of fairy lights in a video clip”. The song reached number eight on the New Zealand Singles Chart." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Something in the Water

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "'Something in the Water', from singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser's third album Flags, is a giddy, infectious love song with a rollicking country/folk setting. It was voted Most Performed Song of the Year at the 2010 APRA Silver Scrolls. The partly animated video, made by the Special Problems production team of Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali, loosely recasts the song as Homer's Odyssey with a multi-costumed Fraser as Penelope waiting for her Odysseus to return from across the water (but not above a playful poke of the tongue to finish off proceedings)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen For Our Women

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "In 2012 TV presenter Helena McAlpine enlisted a chorus of NZ music’s finest voices to cover Chris Knox’s classic love song, as part of a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. They included Alisa Xayalith, Brooke Fraser, Julia Deans, Martin Phillipps, The Topp Twins, Don McGlashan, Warren Maxwell, Hinewehi Mohi, Princess Chelsea, Jon Toogood and Hollie Smith. The track was arranged and produced by Sean Donnelly (SJD). McAlpine was diagnosed with the disease in 2008, and died on 23 September 2015." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Deciphering Me

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "‘Deciphering Me’, the first single from from Brooke Fraser’s second album Albertine, is a song about two people dealing with issues of vulnerability and trust. For this Juice TV award winning video, director Anthony Rose borrows from another work about a couple making a connection: Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. Fraser walks through the neon landscape of Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district (which features prominently in that film) and, on a sparkling rain-washed night, she shelters, like Scarlett Johansson, under a clear plastic umbrella. " (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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