Topic: Leilani Taula: Great Musical Promise

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Leilani Taula showed great musical promise from a young age, even singing before she could talk. From being given the lead in her school play at age seven, writing her own music and playing piano and guitar by age eight, she went on to win the Tauranga Search for a Star contest at age nine and sang in front of thousands at Tauranga’s Christmas In the Bay. Her musical career is still growing with the release of her first album, 'Sometimes'.

Sometimes by Leilani TaulaNelson-born teenager Leilani Taula, has just released her first album through Tauranga record label, Fragile Colours Music.
Fresh from winning the David Feehan Trophy for Most Outstanding Vocalist at the Tauranga Jazz Festival and the secondary section of the 2012 national songwriting competition for Purple Cake Day, 15-year-old Leilani has proven she can excel at any genre, with an eclectic mix of her own songs and covers in her debut album entitled Sometimes. Her selection of musical settings, ranging through singer songwriter, funk, rock and pop, showcases her attention to detail and great musicianship.
From a very young age Leilani showed her ear and heart for music, singing before she could talk. At the age of seven she was given a lead in her school play, singing power songs like Lulu’s Shout, and surprising the audience with the power of her voice. By age eight Leilani had started writing her own music and had taken up piano and guitar. At nine she won a Tauranga Search for a Star contest and sang in front of thousands at Tauranga’s Christmas In the Bay that year and the next. At 12 she sang at New Zealand Netball's World Cup game, with The Ladykillers (Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch, Jackie Clarke, and Taisha) backing her.
In 2010, at the age of 13, Leilani was a finalist in the TVNZ Good Morning Show Find a Star Competition. Her rendition of the Sarah McLachlan song Angel won the hearts of thousands of viewers and earned her high accolades from the judges and a perfect score of three 10s. Although she did not win the overall competition, she returned home with a determination to make her own album.
Two years later, Sometimes is the result of that determination along with support from her producer, Tim Julian, and a mix of some of the finest musicians in the Bay of Plenty who, believing her talent should be recognised, gave freely of their time and creativity. A measure of the respect given to her voice is the inclusion of two of Tim's own songs, which he "gifted" to her to bring to life.
The album is available locally through Tracks Record Store, Devonport Road, iTunes, and, or mail order through

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Leilani Taula: Great Musical Promise

First Names:Leilani
Last Name:Taula
Place of Birth:Nelson, New Zealand