November 02, 2012
John Rowles’ star still shining
Last night it was time for the young stars at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, but today’s a significant day for an older star.
A two disc anthology is hitting the stores of legendary singer John Rowles, spanning his career from the Kawerau timber mill to Australia, London, Las Vegas and Hawaii.
It comes hard on the heels of an autobiography of the same title, ‘If I only had time’.
Rowles told Radio Waatea that being Maori is something that has always centered him, and perhaps protected him from the excesses of his peers.
“You can’t really define what it is. It’s that spiritual mind that sort of makes you happy in yourself and doesn’t push too hard like a lot of the other artists like Elvis and Michael Jackson and all those that became too famous and insecure. I did have a lot of offers in my early days and I could have been what I call exploited but I think the Maori side of me brought me back to that mindset that I don’t want to go there, I’m not comfortable,” he says.
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