Tami Neilson Profile

Rosa Shiels
16 Jul 2018

It was some time back in the late 2000s when Canadian singer Tami Neilson seemed to burst into full view in New Zealand, incandescent, turning up everywhere: winning Tui awards for her albums, being interviewed or performing on radio and television, judging country music awards, headlining live shows, and writing songs and incidental music for mainstream TV series, The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Amid the current crop of introspective, folksy singer-songwriters, Tami Neilson stands apart, relaxed, confident and sassy, and wholly in charge of a tune – whether belted out at full tonsil power or laid back a little. The camera loves her, too. It’s no wonder that she attracted attention when she hit these shores; her natural dynamism pulls focus.

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Tami Neilson - Hey Mama (2011)
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Tami Neilson - Walk (Back To Your Arms) (2014). 'Walk' won Tami and brother Joshua Neilson the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award.
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Tami Neilson, 2017.
Photo credit: Lisa MacIntosh
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Tami Neilson and Heart Attack Alley appear at Southern Fried Sunday, hosted by Bernie Griffen, 29 May 2011. 
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Tami Neilson feature in Sunday magazine, 1 August 2010. 
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Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson at Womad, 2016. 
Photo credit: Michael Flynn
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Tami Neilson onstage at Bodega, Wellington, May 2013, with Dave Khan at left.
Photo credit: Wendy Collings / Tymar Lighting
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Tami Neilson - Stay Outta My Business (2018)
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Tami Neilson as a baby.
Photo credit: Tami Neilson collection
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Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson, 2018
Photo credit: Rikki Morris
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Tami Neilson - The Kitchen Table Sessions II (2011)
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A poster for Tami Neilson's 2017 gig in Ottensen, Hamburg. 
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Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Shot by Mrs Jones
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Tami Neilson - Dynamite! (2015)
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Tami Neilson - Don't Be Afraid (vinyl edition, 2015)
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Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Wendy Collings / Tymar Lighting
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Tami Neilson - Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6 (2018)
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Tami Neilson's 2018 album Sassafrass!
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The Neilson Family, left to right: Todd Neilson, Tami Neilson, Ron Neilson, Betty Neilson and Jay Neilson.
Photo credit: Tami Neilson collection
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Tami Neilson - Red Dirt Angel (2008)
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Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, 2018. 
Photo credit: Rikki Morris
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The Neilsons, clockwise from centre top: Tami Neilson, Betty Neilson, Todd Neilson, Jay Neilson and Ron Neilson.
Photo credit: Tami Neilson collection
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Tami Neilson onstage, backed by Mike Hall and Matt Mitchinson.
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Tami Neilson.
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Tami Neilson - One Thing (2012)
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Tami Neilson - Texas and Cry Over You (2014)
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Tami Neilson - Devil In A Dress (2018)
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Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Shot by Mrs Jones
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Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Shot by Mrs Jones
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Tami Neilson and her brother, Jay Neilson.
Photo credit: Tami Neilson collection
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Tami Neilson - Don't Be Afraid (2015)
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Tami Neilson onstage at the Gunslingers Ball, Bodega, May 2013.
Photo credit: Wendy Collings / Tymar Lighting
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Poster for Tami Neilson's Songs of Sinners tour of New Zealand, 2017.
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Tami Neilson - Loco Mama (2016)
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Tami Neilson, 2014.
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Gunslingers Ball publicity photo, 2013, featuring members of The Grifters, The Broadsides and Tami Neilson. L to R: Tony Daunt, Bernie Griffen, Will Wood, Dave Khan, Tami Neilson, Steven Shaw, David Ward, Ben Michelson, Steve Roach, Alan Meharry.
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Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Shot by Mrs Jones
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Tami Neilson - The Kitchen Table Sessions Vol 1 (2009)
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Tami Neilson, 2016
Photo credit: Tony McKay
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Tami Neilson.
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Tami Neilson - Cry Over You feat. Marlon Williams (2015)
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Tami Neilson feat. Marlon Williams - Lonely (NZ version, 2015)
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Tami Neilson - Holy Moses (2016)
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Tami Neilson - Dynamite! (2015)
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Tami Neilson hosts a Southern Fried Sunday at the King's Arms, Auckland, 30 October 2011. 
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Tami Neilson publicity photo.
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Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Justyn Denny Strother
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Tami Neilson feat. Jay Neilson - Take Me Home (2013)
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Tami Neilson feat. Marlon Williams - Lonely (US, Canada version, 2016)
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Tami Neilson performing at the Gunslingers Ball, Bodega, Wellington, May 2013, accompanied by Will Wood, Dave Khan and Steven Shaw.
Photo credit: Wendy Collings / Tymar Lighting
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Tami Neilson.
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Trivia:

Tami Neilson appeared on the TVNZ version of talent show Stars In Their Eyes (2008) as Amy Winehouse - and tied for first place with a Cher impersonator.

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Labels:

Neilson Records


Redeye


Outside Music


ABC Music

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