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OriginNew Zealand
Years active2000–present
LabelsSiren Records

Goldenhorse are a pop band from New Zealand.


Goldenhorse's debut album Riverhead was released in October 2002, to a small fanfare. But over the next 18 months various singles from the album started to be played on the radio.[citation needed] The band played live throughout New Zealand continuously and sales of the record climbed slowly then steadily and in August 2004 the album reached no.1 on the national charts.[citation needed]

In 2010, Goldenhorse founding member Ben King debuted his new musical project Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids released their debut album Faintheartedness in April 2011. It was released as an exclusive limited edition vinyl through MusicHype.[1]

In February 2012, the band provided the theme song for TV2's commercial which was a re-recorded version of "I'm Free", originally written by The Rolling Stones in 1965.[2]


Goldenhorse discography
Studio albums3
Charity singles1

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
RIANZ Certification
2002 Riverhead 1
  • 3× Platinum[4]
2005 Out of the Moon
  • Released: 31 March 2005
  • Label: Siren Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Platinum
2007 Reporter
  • Released: 29 October 2007
  • Label: Siren Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2002 "Golden Dawn" Riverhead
2003 "Maybe Tomorrow" 10
"Wake Up Brother" 17
2004 "Northern Lights" 43
"Run Run Run" Out of the Moon
2005 "Out of the Moon" 21
2006 "Don't Wake Me Up"
2007 "Jump Into the Sun" Reporter
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Charity singles[edit]

Year Title Peak NZ chart position
2005 "Anchor Me"
(Kirsten Morell with Anika Moa, Che Fu, Milan Borich, Adeaze, Hinewehi Mohi, David Atai and Donald McNulty)
3 Cover of The Mutton Birds song for Greenpeace, to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "TV2 Song: I'm Free". 12 February 2012. TVNZ. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Goldenhorse in New Zealand charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Kirsten Morrell". sounds aotearoa. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Greenpeace – Anchor Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 May 2010.

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