Tami Neilson

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Tami Neilson
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Tami Neilson, June 2015
Background information
Born1977 (age 41–42)[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active2008–present
Associated actsThe Neilsons

Tamara (Tami) Neilson is a Canadian-born, New Zealand-based country & soul singer/songwriter, winner of the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards and Best Country Song Award,[2] winner of the Best Country Album at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015,[3] and Best Female Artist at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 & 2014. Her album 'Don't Be Afraid' debuted at No. 1 on the New Zealand Music Charts, and her previous release 'Dynamite!' was listed in The Guardian as one of the top ten country albums of the year for 2014.[4]

She grew up as a member of The Neilsons, performing with her parents and two brothers across North America, and continues to co-write much of her work with brother Joshua 'Jay' Neilson, who shared her Silver Scroll win with her as well as producing her first three albums. They also worked together on scoring the New Zealand TV series The Brokenwood Mysteries for its second season,[5] having already contributed many songs to the first season's soundtrack.[6]

Tami also appeared as a subject of the documentary The New Sound of Country Prime Rocks in New Zealand, alongside Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders from The Warratahs.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Canada, Tami relocated to Auckland, New Zealand in 2007[8] where she is now based. She is married to Grant Tetzlaff, a New Zealand police inspector she first met in 2001. They have two children.[1]


Year Album NZ
2008 Red Dirt Angel
2009 The Kitchen Table Sessions, Vol. I
2011 The Kitchen Table Sessions, Vol. II
2014 Dynamite! 10
2015 Don't Be Afraid 3
2018 Sassafrass! 6


  1. ^ a b Tami Neilson putting the sass into country music, Australian Women's Weekly, 1 Feb 2017
  2. ^ "Tami Neilson wins Silver Scroll". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Tami Neilson quit big-time for Kiwi country crown". Fairfax Media New Zealand. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  4. ^ "The 10 best country music records of 2014". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Tami Neilson on IMDB".
  6. ^ "Country music takes over on The Brokenwood Mysteries". Fairfax Media New Zealand. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "TV Review: The New Sound of Country". Fairfax Media New Zealand. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  8. ^ "How Tami Neilson ended up in New Zealand". Fairfax Media New Zealand. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz – Discography Tami Neilson". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  10. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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