New Zealander Jody Direen, who comes from the heart of the South Island (Wanaka), has made a significant impact on the local music scene. Pairing her amazing vocal talent with her gifted songwriting skills, powerful stage presence, hard work ethic, and determination, Jody has garnered a loyal following throughout New Zealand and Australia. Not only securing chart success, Jody has also received accolades for her work including the Tui Award for Best Country Album at the 2017 NZCMA’s for Shake Up.
Jody’s personal friend and industry mate Kaylee Bell pitched All Nighter to Jody to record after she completed the co-write in Nashville. Jody loved the song and immediately agreed to recording it, admitting it was an easy choice, not only to include All Nighter as part of the new album but to make it the #1 single after having similar experiences to what the song’s lyrics point to in a new personal romantic relationship of her own.
Jody has toured Australia with The Wolfe Brothers and Gord Bamford and has been a highlight at Tamworth in the last few years.