This month, Auckland's Civic Theatre welcomes singer-songwriter Jan Hellriegel. "My grandfather helped build it," Hellriegel says, but she's never played there. Her first album in 12 years hits stores the same day, after percolating for the past few years - while she built a marketing career and had two boys: "I've still got to do the walking bus."
When did you decide the time was right? It's always been on my mind, but something snapped in my head and I thought, I'm going to start the journey 'cause I've got to make this album. I don't know how, but I'm going to start. So I had a dinner party, and I said, "This dinner is to celebrate this album I'm going to make." Wayne Bell was there and I said, "You are going to produce the album, if you like the songs, and -I'm putting a stake in the sand, I'm going to start this journey."
Had you already written much of it? I wanted to write ...
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