Forty years ago this October a young South Auckland singer called Tina Cross took out one the Pacific Song Contest. The winning song — Nothing But Dreams — written by long-time collaborator Carl Doy launched this talented teenager into the spotlight.
To celebrate this career defining moment Cross and Doy will perform a concert in Wellington at the National Library on October 18. Cost if free but please book at ATLCentenary@dia.govt.nz.
Audiences can expect a dynamic repertoire from the duo including 'Nothing But Dreams', 'Memory' (from Cats), 'Tarakihi' (best known via Kiri Te Kanawa), 'Here You Come Again' (Dolly Parton), 'Always Remember Us This Way' (Lady Gaga) and the song Cross wrote and gifted to the Women’s Refuge – 'Walk Away'. Doy will accompany Cross on a Grand Piano.
Wellington’s free concert is part of the public programme for the National Library exhibition — Pūkana: moments in Māori performance.
About the performers
Tina Cross ONZM (Te Aupouri / Ngati Porou) has been a household name since 'Nothing But Dreams' took her into living rooms across the country when the Pacific Song Contest was broadcast live to millions of TV viewers. Turning sixty this year Cross celebrates an incredible 44-year career as a singer and entertainer in the business as one of New Zealand’s timeless leading wāhine’s as a recording artist, TV darling, musical theatre queen, Lady Killer and anti-domestic violence advocate. Let’s not also forget that Cross sang the vocals on the original theme song for our longest running soap – Shortland Street.
Carl Doy is also an icon in the NZ musical scene having recorded over twenty piano albums, starting with 'Piano by Candlelight' in the 1980s, which set records with triple-platinum sales in New Zealand and over one million albums sold in USA. As a producer he has been hugely successful producing double-platinum albums for Yulia, Elizabeth Marvelly, Martin Winch (Espresso Guitar) and Brian Smith (Moonlight Sax). He has also been musical director for such NZ icons as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Howard Morrison and Rob Guest.