Coral's Story

From her very first stage performance, dancing to an audience of 1200 at Hamilton’s Founder’s Theatre, it seemed certain that Coral Pitcher would follow a career on the stage. Three years later she returned to that very same stage as a soloist with Suzanne Prentice and the New Zealand “Kids for Kids” national concert

 

These early experiences focused Coral’s life goals and ambitions. Music,quite literally became her life. Every opportunity to learn and grow as a musician was grasped with open arms. The daughter of a solo parent, there wasn’t much ready money available for lessons so Coral threw herself into school program's, plays, choir, guitar, piano, and vocal training, all accessed at school. Live performing experience was gained by attending music clubs and festivals, and by busking at the local market every Saturday morning.

As her confidence grew Coral began singing competitively! Starting with school singing competitions, and then moving up to regional and national competitions such as Waikato’s Young Entertainers, Battle of the Bands and Rock-Quest. Often winning or placing in the top three! In 2008 she made it to the semi-finals of TVs New Zealand’s Got Talent”

Still in school, Coral then joined her mother Emmeline - herself a successful singer and seasoned performer -  in her professional road shows.They performed in hotels, charter clubs, festivals, theatres and private functions, traveling every weekend the length and breadth of New Zealand.

Coral thrived in the business, strengthening both her vocals and her live performance skills. She also learned the practical and business side of the industry by setting up stage shows, including a PA and lighting. Through this exposure to promotion and marketing, Coral developed strong communication skills by talking to many different people from all walks of life. This is reflected in the easy flow of conversation she maintains with her audience whenever she performs.

It swiftly became clear that this talented young musician was more than ready for her own gigs as a solo singer/guitarist so she started working regularly in hotels, restaurants, weddings, private functions, festivals etc performing 3 to 5 gigs a week. Her 2014 appearance singing at a “Chiefs”rugby match for a 20,000 strong crowd was a real highlight for her, and the crowd lapped it up!


Coral started writing her own music at the age fourteen and has a strong writing partnership with her mother, her ear for writing a catchy and interesting melody is the perfect fit for Emmeline's talent with words and rhyme.


Recording was the next step and after winning a band competition Coral recorded her first original song 'Second hand Serving' releasing it on Soundcloud.  This gained her lots of attention and she started to grow a local fan base. In 2013 Coral signed with Starlight Entertainment and released her first official single 'The Rolling Stone'. Expanding her social media, growing her fan base in New Zealand and globally, receiving  international reviews and radio plays in USA.The Single release party was a triumph selling over 200 tickets! 

 

The following year Coral left Starlight Entertainment to pursue a different path with her music and released an Acoustic EP in 2014 to sell at her gigs, and stream on Soundcloud, and has sold over 1000 hard copies. 

Early 2015, after a successful fundraising campaign with Indiegogo Coral raised enough money to start work on her first fully produced Album 'My Adductive DNA' !!! Due for release Mid 2017
Recording her first song "Shooting you up' Coral entered an online voting competition called the audience run by NZonAir and won $10,000 for her first music video released October 10th 2015 
Also that year Coral became New Zealand's first Tron Music Trust Mentouree receiving support from some of New Zealand's most influential music industry professionals, opened for New Zealand's biggest Rock band Devilskin and participated in Summervines at Viligrad Winery headlining with Tiki Tane, The Black Seeds and P Money . Coral performed her new Single 'Shooting you up' on TVNZ's 'The Good Morning Show' later that year. 2016 saw Coral finish her Album 'My Addictive DNA'and release another music video "Second Hand Serving"Coral also placed in 2 prestigious International music competitions and won Best new Artist 2016 for Face TV

Highlights in picture

Semifinalist 'New Zealand's got talent' 2008

Semifinalist 'New Zealand's got talent' 2008

Winner of  Women's Musicianship Award Regional Finals Smoke-free Rock Quest 2010

Winner of Women's Musicianship Award Regional Finals Smoke-free Rock Quest 2010

Opening The Chiefs Rudgy game at The Waikato Stadium in front of 20,000 people July 2014

Opening The Chiefs Rudgy game at The Waikato Stadium in front of 20,000 people July 2014

Third place Regional Finals Smoke-free Rock-Quest 2009

Third place Regional Finals Smoke-free Rock-Quest 2009

Opening for New Zealand's Biggest Rock band Devilskin 2015

Opening for New Zealand's Biggest Rock band Devilskin 2015

Professional career lunched in 2009. First publicity photo! With Emmeline Pitcher

Professional career lunched in 2009. First publicity photo! With Emmeline Pitcher

Making her first NZonAir Music video 
Shooting you up 2015

Making her first NZonAir Music video Shooting you up 2015

Youth Concert Meteor Theatre 2014

Youth Concert Meteor Theatre 2014