It's always fun to hear how people describe Tami Neilson when they first hear her perform. As one member of the press exclaimed, she is “a red-hot honky-tonker landing somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.”
The multi-award winning Canadian born and New Zealand based artist is well-known for her scorching live shows and was lauded as “a fire-breathing belter on her own terms” by Rolling Stone.
Early recordings saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country. Mostly recorded around the kitchen table back home in Canada with brother Jay, who is also an acclaimed producer and songwriter. Soon the awards started coming in New Zealand for albums that added breadth to her “country singer” label such as Best Female Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, an APRA Silver Scroll (songwriting) award and Album of the Year nominations. Her work has received rave reviews across the globe and her songs have also appeared in the Netflix series Wanted and TV series Nashville.
In Summer 2022 she released her highly anticipated album KINGMAKER. The first single "Beyond The Stars", a duet with Willie Nelson, was well-received by fans of both artists. They sang the duet live at Luck Reunion in March, and video of that performance has since gone viral.
Having performed with Mavis Staples, Robbie Williams, Colin James, and many more. , no one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.
"In short, she tore it up from the floor up. " - No Depression
"Tami Neilson is one of the greatest singers on this entire planet, irrespective of genre or geographic region." - Saving Country Music