Tami Neilson and Jenny Mitchell in the video for Trouble Finds A Girl.
When country music singer Gore Jenny Mitchell got a call from an Auckland number on Saturday afternoon, she was really excited.
At the other end was Charlotte Ryan of Radio New Zealand, congratulating Mitchell on winning the APRA Best Country Music Song 2022 award for her song Trouble Finds A Girl.
Mitchell wrote the song with fellow musicians Tami Neilson, Chris Wethey and Tali Enjalas Jenkinson about sexual harassment in the music industry.
This year’s announcement was different from previous years, with winners being announced on Ryan’s Music 101 radio show instead of the Tussock Country Music Festival, which was canceled this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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Mitchell was scheduled to play a gig in Auckland that night, so she made it a celebratory show, and then took the stage at Neilson’s own gig to sing along, Mitchell said.
In the year since writing and releasing her winning song, Mitchell said she feels lucky to be part of so many conversations about the subject, and not just with women, but also with male members of the public.
“It’s overwhelming and a big responsibility…I’m lucky to be part of the conversation.”
Working with Neilson gave her the courage to spread the word, she said.
“I had tried to write the song several times [by myself] but I didn’t quite succeed… [working with Neilson] was an enriching experience.
When the #metoo movement hit New Zealand, Mitchell said she was shocked to have so many conversations with people who thought sexual harassment in the music industry didn’t happen here.
Mitchell is excited for the next part of her life, which includes her first Australian tour since before the Covid-19 pandemic in which she will perform alongside Australian country singer Fanny Lumsden in what will be Mitchell’s biggest tour yet. day.
She is also looking forward to the launch of her new album Tug of War, which will be released next month and can be pre-ordered on vinyl and CD from her website.
“After years and years of work, it’s finally happening,” she said.
Her recent intimate gigs in her mother’s living room in Gore were good practice for performing some of her new songs and singing live in general, Mitchell said.
“I took it for granted that I was [performing concerts] all the time [pre-Covid].”