Young Talent Development

Sean Kirkwood

18-year-old Sean was born in Wanganui and moved to Hawke’s Bay when he was 13. He has played guitar since he was 6 years old, he started singing when he was 15 and began writing his own music and performing when he was 16. Bob Dylan was his biggest early influence.

Highlights in his short but successful career as a singer-songwriter include opening at Mission 2007 and winning the regional Rockquest lyric writer’s award in both 2006 and 2007.

In 2008 he aims to earn enough from performing his music to travel to Europe and make Asomething of his music there.

Tamsyn Miller

Tammy has enjoyed her year in 2007, taking time off between school and university to pursue her musical interests. She was involved in both Napier Operatic Society's major productions for 2007, sat two performance diploma exams in violin and voice, as well as teaching singing and keyboard.

This is her second time at the Mission and she is very excited about returning. She intends to go on to Auckland University to study either classical voice or pop music in 2008. A devout Christian, she constantly thanks God for the gifts and opportunities He has given her.

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver is a fresh, young talent who is fashioning a style and concept which is entirely new to New Zealand music. A product of Hawke’s Bay but now based in Wellington, he tours and performs with his band, The Thomas Oliver Band, performing his music which can be described as a unique blend of blues, rock, folk and roots music. These commitments frequently bring him home to Hawke’s Bay. 

His rhythmic guitar style, fervent voice, and honest, sharp lyrics constitute a sound which will have you excited about the future of New Zealand music.


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