Soul stirring single release ‘It Is Well’
Vox Dawn serves up a soul-stirring, earthy, lyrical banquet with the release of her single – ‘It Is Well’ following her first debut album – ‘Sacred Spaces.’ There are songs created that are catchy and linger in your head for a morning and then there are songs that are created that reverberate throughout all of eternity – this is that kind of Music. Born of the whenua and breathed to life by a wairua that recognizes the power of a sound, of a sacred space in which this sound comes to life. This Music is for the audience that is WOKE. An audience that knows music has the power to make and change through story telling and the stories told call us to act for those whom justice has not been kind to. Ihumātao is a beautiful example of this. The first single – ‘It is well’ was first written as an outro for the album but along the journey it was re-thought and re-purposed during recent visits to Parihaka. ‘It Is Well’ was written to alter the status quo and to offer a fresh new sound, to introduce a game-changing artist Vox Dawn that represents the present, future and past.
This first single release ‘It Is Well’ was written in mind of our nations hero’s such as Whina Cooper, Te Puea Herangi, Eva Rickard, Sir Apirana Ngata, Te Whiti o Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi and more. It speaks of resilience and mana, it speaks of passion, the ahi kaa (burning fire) within, it speaks of a people that are content to continue to press forward and not give up.
‘It Is Well’ is currently on all online outlets listen here
(limited spaces only)
Date: Fri 31st May 2019
Venue: 'The 13th Floor' 206 Symonds St, Auckland City
Album release party
Date: Sat 1st June 2019
Venue: Creative Waikato 11 Garden Place, Hamilton
Following the single is the release of the music video on May 27th 2019. Then with much patience the album release will be Saturday 1st June in memory of and the birth date of Te Waiora Waetford, Vox Dawn’s younger brother whom passed away from leukemia 14 years ago. This album grew from a place that was journeyed. ‘Sacred Spaces’ is derived from the words 'Wāhi Tapu' in Te Reo Māori. This album emphasizes spaces within the social content, infrastructure, government laws and systems particularly those that have impacted our culture. It speaks of significant times in our history, life, relationships and endeavors. This album emanates from the place where a soul stress meets a rhyme, a space where grace meets gritty. This album features artist such as Marina Alefosia (Spoken word artist), James Brooks aka JB the WAR Villain (Hip-hop artist and producer), Produced by Erik Lopeti aka E-NICE MUSIC, Co-produced, mixed and mastered by Lance Kingi from Taupiri Sound.
“I am Ngāpuhi, NgātiWai and from the beautiful Island of Manihiki.
Vox – simply means voice. Dawn – derived from my mother’s name ‘Tauata’ comes from our tupuna travels, in watching the horizon in the morning. I am grounded in who I am because of them.”