Shona Laing Profile

Murray Cammick
27 May 2013

Shona Laing has written some of New Zealand’s most memorable songs, gaining an audience and respect beyond our borders.

She was introduced to the music business when only 16 years of age. Shona came to the attention of Phonogram’s John McCready in 1972 when Chris Bourne, the producer of TV talent show New Faces played Laing’s audition to the record executive. McCready moved quickly and signed her before the country saw her on screen.

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Shona at the 1974 Tokyo World Song Festival
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Shona (right) with US singer/songwriter Lobo in 1973 at the Tokyo Song Festival
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The letter that changed a life - John McCready's original 1972 letter to Shona Laing asking her to record for Philips/Phonogram
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APRA Silver Scrolls, 1992. APRA's Bernie Darby, Shona Laing, Ray Columbus
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Shona’s debut album from 1973, recorded when she was just 17. The producer of the album, Dale Wrightson, also designed the album cover with photography by Sal Criscillo. The original LP had a fold out cover with album lyrics printed on the inside.
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Shona Laing interview from 2008
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2013 reissue of the first two Shona Laing albums
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The 1980 UK EMI single Don't Tell Me
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The Spiders, 1965 - Shona Laing on the right
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Shona’s third and final album for CBS, released in 1997
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Recorded in England for Parlophone and originally released in 1982. Long unavailable, the album was digitally reissued in 2013. Airplay for the track Don’t Tell Me brought Shona to the attention of Manfred Mann’s Earthband with whom she toured and recorded for two years.
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'Masquerade', 1973
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Shona Laing wins the APRA Silver Scroll for Mercy of Love in 1992
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Thief To Silver
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Fear Of Falling
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Rangitoto song Live at The Tribal Lights Theatre in Rotorua, September 2008
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Mercy Of Love
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RipItUp October 1987
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Gary Verberne and Shona Laing, 1988
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Shona at the 2001 APRA awards
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Shona Laing in the early 1990s
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America
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The cover for Shona’s 1994 album, designed by Wayne Conway with photography by Kerry Brown
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Charlie Tumahai congratulates Shona Laing on her 1992 Silver Scroll win
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Shona Laing recording around 1972 or early 1973
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Kick Back
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Shona Laing, 1988
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Shona, London, 1980
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Shona on New Faces, 1972
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Shona’s 1985 album recorded for Trevor Reekie’s Pagan Records following her return to New Zealand in 1983
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The cover for Shona’s second album designed by Larraine Hall with photography by Nicholas Van Der Ley. The album was recorded at EMI Studios in Sydney and originally released in 1974. Like her first album the original LP featured a fold out cover with lyrics.
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Shona Laing's debut single for Pagan was also the label's first release, in June 1985
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Phonogram's John McCready and Shona Laing, in 1973 at the RATA NZ Music Awards. Shona had just won Best New Artist and Recording Artist Of The Year.
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Shona, 1987
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Shona Laing, 1972
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Soviet Snow
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Shona Laing in the studio with Dale Wrightson, 1973
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Shona Laing, 1969
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Walk Away
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Shona Laing, 1985
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Shona, 1991
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Shona Laing, London, 1980
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Mercy Of Love
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Shona’s biggest selling album released in 1987. The cover was designed by Richard Allan with photography by Kerry Brown. When released in the USA the tracks Cover Of Darkness, Poles Apart and Neutral And Nuclear Free were replaced with Neat And Tidy, Migrant and Refugee and Your Reputation.
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Glad I'm Not A Kennedy
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Shona Laing, 1972
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Shona Laing, London 1980
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Shona, 1985
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'Don't You Think It's Time', 1975
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Shona Laing circa 1972
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Shona in Tokyo, 1974
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Shona, London, 1980
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Shona Laing, 2012
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Shona Laing's 1993 Electronic Press Kit
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Shona at The Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, 1988
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Shona’s sixth album, the first of three recorded for CBS, originally released in 1992. The cover was designed by Glenn Hunt with photography by Darryl Ward.
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Shona Laing, 2010
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Shona Laing, 1993
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Shona and US singer/songwriter Lobo at the Tokyo World Song Festival, 1974. Shona is receiving a prize for the song 'Masquerade'.
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Trivia:

In 1983 Shona was briefly in a band in Wellington with Dan Birch (ex-Beat Rhythm Fashion) and Andy Drey (ex-Body Electric and Steroids) called Colonial Bandits. They didn't record.

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