Barbie Davidson is a multi-talented performer with a career that skyrocketed when she released her debut album “Borderline” in 1991 for the Warner Music label which resulted in her winning the prestigious NZ New Talent Professional Country Music Recording Awards. Prior she had appeared in most Television Shows - Country Touch, Happen Inn, Hudson & Halls and The Good Morning Shows. This along with her concert and cabaret performance experience gave Barbie a polished stage presence and unique vocal ability along with a warm persona, made her a favourite headliner on cruise liners in the Pacific region.
Barbie opened for the Gene Pitney Show at Auckland’s Aotea Centre and was ALSO awarded the Ricky May Memorial Jazz Award in the style of the late Ricky May in Brisbane..
A successful stint in Australia followed where Barbie appeared at all the top Country Festivals including Tamworth, becoming Queensland’s Queen of Country. She toured NSW with Johnny Tillotson and Guy Mitchell and appeared in Australia’s nationwide TV Shows. This led to her being invited to the USA to appear alongside Charlie Pride and Jeannie C. Riley, (two of the headline performers), at the prestige FAN FAIR Festival held in Nashville, Tennessee USA, to a crowd of 60,000.
After taking time away from the Music Industry, Barbie is BACK.
She has since performed with the Queen City Big Band in Auckland and The Basin City Big Band at Forum North Theatre in Whangarei. Barbie has also appeared at both the Bay of Islands Country Rock and Jazz & Blues Festivals over the past few years. Barbie is one of the few artists that can crossover successfully from Country to Jazz and has won awards in both genres.
In 2014 Barbie was awarded a Scroll of Honour from the NZ Variety Artists Club in acknowledging her Skill and Talent as a Vocalist and Entertainer, Her Gifts of Time to Charity and Her Unwavering Commitment to the Entertainment Industry of New Zealand.
View Barbie Davidson’s ‘Two Hearts’ music video and TV Performances on You Tube.
Jodi Vaughan is one of New Zealand’s best loved Country artists with pedigree to match. She started her New Zealand career when Gray Bartlett discovered her on TV Show New Faces. Since then she has successfully worked with Gray and Brendan Dugan on the TV Show - That’s Country, and toured NZ with their Together Again Shows. Jodi then started her own successful vocal group Girls Talk and toured NZ which included herself, Barbie Davidson and Celine Toner.
Barbie and Jodi with the Memphis Belle band
Now Barbie and Jodi have put together their own special show and will be backed by a talented local band Memphis Belle, featuring Denise Stothart-Weber on keyboards, Phil Gore on drums, Alex Dixon on guitar, Mark Devree on rhythm guitar and Lou Godinet on bass for this year’s 2017 BOI Country Rock Festival.