Moorhouse (band)

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Origin Christchurch, New Zealand
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2012–2015
Labels Sony Music New Zealand
  • Jason Aileone
  • Brock Ashby
  • Rory McKenna
  • Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai
  • Rameka Uitime-Paraki

Moorhouse was a New Zealand boy band consisting of members Jason Aileone (born 1993), Brock Ashby (born 1993), Rory McKenna (born 1993), Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai (born 1995) and Rameka Uitime-Paraki (born 1993). They formed in Christchurch in 2012 and are best known for their appearance in the first New Zealand series of The X Factor where they finished in fourth place. Competing in the Groups category, they were mentored by Melanie Blatt.[1] Their debut single "Mama Said" was released in August 2013, peaking at number eight in the New Zealand charts.[2][3] In February 2015 the band announced it had split up.[4]

Early life[edit]

Moorhouse was formed in Christchurch in mid-2012, originally with the line-up of Rory McKenna, Brock Ashby, Jason Aileone and Rameka Uitime-Paraki and eventually made a quintet by the addition of Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai. The group took their name from their rehearsal studio's location on Moorhouse Avenue, one of the "four avenues" surrounding Christchurch's city centre. The group became known online for their covers of songs uploaded to YouTube.[5] In September 2012 the original quartet performed on TVNZ shows The Erin Simpson Show What Now and Good Morning.[6] In October they won a Mai FM competition to perform as the opening act for Jay Sean's Auckland show.[7] In 2012 Moorhouse met with an A&R representative from Sony Music New Zealand, but nothing eventuated.[8] The group performed at the Parachute music festival in January 2013.[9]

The X Factor[edit]

Moorhouse initially attended the Hamilton pre-audition on 29 January 2013, as they were in town for the Parachute music festival.[10] From there were put through to the judges' auditions. At their judges' audition, they performed an a cappella version of Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me". Moorhouse originally auditioned as a five-piece group, but before the bootcamp round, fifth member Rameka left to pursue an opportunity in rugby.[11] Moorhouse competed in the Groups category and were mentored by former All Saints singer Melanie Blatt. Moorhouse were in the bottom two only once, winning the sing-off against hip hop duo L.O.V.E in week three. Moorhouse were eliminated in the semi-final, immediately voted off with the lowest public votes and coming in fourth place.[12]

List of performances on The X Factor[edit]

Episode Theme Song Result
First audition Free choice "As Long as You Love Me" Through to bootcamp - stage 1
Bootcamp - stage 1 Group performance (Groups) "Man in the Mirror" Through to bootcamp - stage 2
Bootcamp - stage 2 Solo performance "The A Team" Through to judges' retreats
Judges' retreats Free choice "Beneath Your Beautiful" Through to live shows
Live show 1 Number-one singles "Boyfriend" Safe
Live show 2 New Zealand music "Why Does Love Do This To Me" Safe
Live show 3 Best of British "Every Breath You Take" Bottom two
Final showdown "With or Without You"
Live show 4 Soul classics "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" Safe
Live show 5 Top 40 "#thatPOWER" Safe
Live show 6 Songs from movies "Take It Easy" Safe
Live show 7 Made in America "OMG" Safe
Live show 8 Coke Choice "I Swear" Safe
Semi-final Love and heartbreak "When I Was Your Man" Eliminated (4th place)
The best of rock "Use Somebody"

Post-The X Factor[edit]

After The X Factor, Sony Music New Zealand signed Moorhouse in August 2013. Moorhouse's debut single "Mama Said", which had originally been recorded as their potential The X Factor winner's single, was released digitally on 23 August 2013.[13][14]

In the summer of 2013-2014, Moorhouse performed at a number of festivals, including the Christmas in the Park event in Christchurch and Parachute music festival.[15]

In 2014, Moorhouse released their second single "Take a Picture", which saw the return of Rameka Uitime-Paraki to the group.[16] A music video accompanied the single soon after. Later in the year they released their third single, "Somebody Loves You", followed by their self-titled debut album Moorhouse.[17] Despite their debut single charting at # 8 in the New Zealand singles chart, neither of their subsequent singles nor their album charted. In February 2015, Moorhouse announced via social media that they had broken up.[18]



Year Title Details Peak chart
2014 Moorhouse
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment NZ
  • Released: 5 December 2014
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions[20] Album
2013 "Mama Said" 8 Moorhouse
2014 "Take a Picture" 38[B][21]
"Somebody Loves You" 61[C][22]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Moorhouse did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but peaked at number 15 on the New Zealand Artists chart.
  2. ^ "Take a Picture" did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but peaked at number 11 on the New Zealand Artists chart.
  3. ^ "Somebody Loves You" did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the New Zealand Artists chart.


  1. ^ "Moorhouse eliminated from X Factor NZ". Yahoo. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moorhouse release first single". The Press. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "02 SEPTEMBER 2013". The Official NZ Music Charts. Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Josh White. "Moorhouse split, teen dreams crushed". NewstalkZB. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "moorhousemusic". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Erin Simpson Show - Moorhouse - As long as you love me". Erin Simpson Show. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Congrats to the winners of Mai's Got Talent". Mai FM. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Anderson, Vicki. "X Factor: Did Moorhouse bend the rules?". Stuff. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Second line-up announced for Parachute 2013". NZ Musician. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "These guys looked slick in Hamilton". The X Factor. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rameka we are gonna miss you heaps!!". Moorhouse. Facebook. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "X Factor NZ: L.O.V.E eliminated". 3 News. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Moorhoouse prepare debut single". 3 News. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Interview: TheFIX + Moorhouse!". MSN. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "MOORHOUSE". Parachute. PARACHUTE ARTS TRUST. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Moorhouse - Take A Picture". YouTube. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Moorhouse". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Moorhouse". Facebook. Moorhouse. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Albums Chart". 
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  21. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart". 
  22. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart". 

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