NAKITA TURNER

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The perennially-quoted Bono once said “music can change the world because it can change people.” A voice like Nakita Turner’s is currently echoing around the world with a message that will literally save lives.

You could easily assume Turner was born with a guitar in her hand. There’s an air about her that belies her youth – and so there should be; she was writing and performing songs before she hit double-digits. Turner began by wrangling her brothers to form a house band and making short work of the South Island’s local talent show circuit. It wasn’t long before the 14-year old was wrangling within those small circles too, shoulder-tapping familiar stars for a higher cause; anti-bullying.

“I had this idea that it would be really great to write a song about how kids get bullied, the effects it has on kid’s lives and how we can stand up to this problem” the Cantabrian enthuses, “I wanted to bring together a group of talented young artists to record ‘One Voice’ a great anti-bullying song inspired by the fellow kids of Christchurch.”

Nakita visited schools around Canterbury, polling students for lyrics. She knocked on studio doors and sent out letters in earnest. She wrangled another house band; this time she found herself backed by Matt Barus and L.A Mitchell from Christchurch band The Dukes. The whole venture is captured in a music video produced by New York-based ex-pat Katie Hinsen, who has worked alongside Peter Jackson at Weta Workshops.

‘One Voice’ is now travelling the world over, and at home, Nakita is being recognised as a rising influence in this country. Earlier this year during Youth Week, she was awarded a Change Maker Award by the Ministry of Youth Development

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