• Bio
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New Zealand Singer songwriter, Anneka Waters (Thwaites), began her musical career in 2003
after teaming up with fellow-writer Steve Leslie in an acoustic duo called No Jazz.
After three years in No Jazz, performing in and around Marlborough, she embarked on
a solo career - a journey that took her south to further her musical knowledge, studying
Commercial Music at Christchurch’s Jazz School. Having completed her Diploma, she went
on to record her debut album, In The Pink, released in late 2008. She is currently
producing her 2nd album, to be released this autumn! The album will feature 19 new
original tracks recorded in a small wooden chapel with amazing acoustics.

Her music is an eclectic mix that draws on elements of singer songwriter, folk, country
and finger-style guitar, paired with intimate vocals and reflective lyrics.

Backed by a small band of New Zealand’s leading musicians, In The Pink featured the excellent musicianship of Harry Harrison (session guitarist to Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga), Richie Pickard
on bass (Solaa, Paul McLaney) and the talented Nick Gaffaney on drums (Goldenhorse,
Anika Moa and Cairo Knife Fight).

Born and bred in Blenheim, her life is reflected in her songs - travels, experiences, values
and encounters along the way fill her music, giving her songs a sincerity and
authenticity that rings true. Since beginning to write in her early teens, Anneka has
gone on to write many a song and gained wide performance experience, playing with bands,
trios, duos, and solo.

In 2007 she featured in the Christchurch Arts Festival, backed by the musicians
on her album, and in 2008 featured in Southern Amp, the South Island's biggest
music festival. Lately she has been interviewed on National Radio and performed
on TV1s Goodmorning show. 3 of her songs will appear in a feature film, Just Like U
(release date yet to be confirmed).

For the last ten years, Anneka has been a self-employed furniture maker, allowing her the
flexibility to spend time on her music. Her love of all things artistic, from music,to woodcarving
and crafts, and her inbuilt need to be creative can be found in her passion for song writing.

Finally, in 2014 her second album Pure and simple has been released.

Anneka’s philosophy is simple, "Music has this amazing ability to touch people, inspire them
and make them happy - it's a gift to pass on to others!"
Album out now!