Dave Baxter of Avalanche City
|Origin||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Labels||Warner Music New Zealand|
Avalanche City is the moniker of folk musician Dave Baxter from Auckland, New Zealand. In 2011 Avalanche City released his debut album Our New Life Above Ground The album contained the record breaking single Love, Love, Love, which debuted at #1 in the Official NZ Music Chart and held presence in the chart for 19 straight weeks. In 2011, Dave Baxter was awarded the highly esteemed APRA Silver Scroll and nominated for three New Zealand Music Awards, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Avalanche City is signed to Warner Music for both New Zealand and Australia and as of 2014 partnered with Chugg Music for management.
Baxter has been actively working on Avalanche City’s sophomore album, which is slated to be released in mid-2015.
Baxter began playing guitar at age nine and during his teens he performed in the bands One Must Fall and The Chase. He studied at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music).
Our New Life Above the Ground
In late 2009 Baxter left his job as a music writer and began recording bands in his own studio. He also began to write songs, practice singing, and create his own melodies. After performing his songs for friends, Baxter started Avalanche City and began touring with other musicians. He eventually decided to record the album Our New Life Above the Ground at Kourawhero Hall and offered it as a free download from Avalanche City's official website. Initial response to the album was extremely positive and the song "Love, Love, Love" was picked up by the local New Zealand TV station TV2 TV2 for their station promos. After this point the song placed on the New Zealand singles chart.
The album Our New Life Above the Ground was then re-released and sold well, placing number 4 on the official national albums chart and achieving gold status.
|Year||Album details||Peak positions||Certifications|
|2011||Our New Life Above the Ground
|Year||Album details||Peak positions|
|2011||"Love Love Love"||1||49||
||Our New Life Above the Ground|
|"Ends in the Ocean"||—||—|
|2011||"Love Love Love"||Josh Smith||Official video|
|"Ends in the Ocean"||Jefferton James||Official video|
|"You and I"||Jefferton James||Official video|
|"Sunset"||Kyle Eaton||Official video|
Awards and nominations
|2011||APRA Silver Scroll||"Love, Love, Love"||Song of the Year||Won|
|New Zealand Music Awards||"Love, Love, Love"||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Our New Life Above Ground||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Avalanche City||Breakthrough Artist||Nominated|
|2012||New Zealand APRA Awards||"Love, Love, Love"||Most Performed Work Nationally||Won|
- "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Chartifacts – Week Commencing: 26th September 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
- "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 8th August 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. 8 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- Love Love Love on YouTube
- "Ends In The Ocean on YouTube". Youtube.com. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26.