“Apparently I came out screaming and was singing before I could talk,” says Coral Pitcher, smiling broadly as she talks about the early stages of her love for music and performing.
While not particularly enjoying learning classical guitar through school, at the same time, she turned to the internet at age eight to learn guitar. A talent for songwriting soon followed, beginning at 14. Her mother Emmeline Pitcher, who is a seasoned singer and performer herself, continues to provide a strong musical influence.
“Growing up around musicians and in the industry I was always encouraged to follow my dreams, and because of the opportunities that arose through my mum it worked out that I was able to,” Coral reflects.
Remaining based in Hamilton where she was born and raised, the past couple of years have seen Coral travel the length of NZ, quickly garnering attention and establishing a dedicated fan base on the strength of her live shows alone.
Considering her most recent successes, which include raising over $2500 last year for the recording and release of her debut acoustic EP, ’Don’t Forget To Look At The Beautiful’, and more recent winning of The Audience’s WildCard Making Tracks grant from NZ On Air in April with her song Shooting You Up, Coral is well aware her fans are the ones who’ve helped get her this far.
“I had a lot of support behind both of these campaigns, everyone was just incredible! From my friends to my family around NZ, they’ve all really helped this next part of my musical journey which I am so thankful for!”
Shooting You Up is a song about love addiction and falling for somebody that you maybe shouldn’t be falling for,” she explains.
“It’s really about coming out on the other side and realising that it’s an unhealthy relationship, which I’m sure everyone can relate to!”
The single will be officially released in July with a video to follow.
“My mother and I worked together on a story for the video, which visually explains and is kind of a metaphor for what the song is really about.”
Also currently busy working on her first fully produced EP, titled ’Living On The Moon’, at Porch Studios, just outside of Hamilton. “It’s been a lot of work!” Coral beams.
Producing the majority of the songs on the new EP herself, with the creative help from a few friends and numerous session musicians, the songs are collectively written with her mother, who she refers to as “the queen of lyrics”.
A national tour is planned to follow the EP’s release early next year, with the longer goal being to be included on the world’s festival circuits.