The Lady Killers
The Lady Killers is a dream team of some of New Zealand’s favourite female vocalists. From a whisper to a scream and everything in between, Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke make beautiful music bursting with harmony and power.
The Lady Killers' approach is simple; take great songs and lovingly accessorise them with harmony.
The Lady Killers sound defies pigeonholing, wilfully crossing genres from pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, country to a whole lotta rock and gleefully name-checking iconic artists such as Queen, The Beatles, Neil Young, Neil Finn and Dolly Parton. These gals sing anything that takes their fancy!
A Lady Killers performance is a dazzling vocal tour de force full of wonderful pin-drop moments, warmly presented by three women who know how to entertain and have a good laugh too!
Lady Killer Jackie Clarke
Lady Killer Jackie Clarke is renowned for her maverick entertainment style, whether it is treading the boards in musicals, sitting in judgement on NZ Idol, or making music with her friends.
In the 1980s Ms Clarke co-founded iconic pop comedy group When The Cat’s Been Spayed, releasing two albums and touring the country for ten years. Individually she has toured with artists such as Dave Dobbyn and Annie Crummer, and recorded with artists such as Mika, Don McGlashan, Midge Marsden and Jan Hellriegel. Her stage career has included starring in large-scale productions of Joseph, Mamma Mia, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity and Porgy and Bess as well as premieres of New Zealand works such as The Underwatermelon Man, C the Musical, Dominion Road and Hairy Maclary.
She has performed with all of New Zealand’s major orchestras, was a regular fixture at Auckland’s Coca Cola Christmas in the Park concerts and has been part of the Jubilation gospel choir for 18 years.
Her television work includes acting in the comedy series Skitz and its spinoff The Semisis, presenting documentaries such as Wise Women and Song, War Songs and Twins, hosting Saturday Night Live and judging Showcase and New Zealand Idol.
Ms Clarke is a New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation Ambassador and a host of the annual Kids For Kids national concert series.
She was awarded an MNZM in 2018 for services to the entertainment industry.
Lady Killer Tina Cross
Lady Killer Tina Cross (Te Aupouri / Ngati Porou) has been part of NZ pop culture history since she took ‘Nothing But Dreams’ to the winners’ podium at the Pacific Song Contest in 1979. In 2009 Tina and maestro Carl Doy celebrated ‘Nothing But Dreams’ 30th anniversary with a series of concerts with the NZSO.
Tina has conquered the charts on both sides of the Tasman as part of Koo De Tah and as a solo recording artist.
As an entertainer, Tina has worked in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Asia; headlining TV specials and series both at TVNZ and the BBC. She’s worked alongside such luminaries as Sammy Davis Jnr, Tom Jones and Meatloaf and won many awards including NZ’s Top Female Vocalist and an Australian Johnny O’Keefe MO award. In 2008 Tina received the ONZM for services to entertainment.
In musical theatre Ms Cross has triumphed in lead roles in Chicago, Once Were Warriors, Boogie Nights, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats and the Australian production of Sisterella. She also plays a mean ukulele and dances a passable pasa doble, courtesy of a tour of duty on Dancing With the Stars.
The critics describe Tina as “magnificent and mesmerizing’ (The Age, Melbourne) “with a rich voice and a wicked presence” ( The Herald Sun, Melbourne).
Tina released a solo album Lay Down Your Heart in 2014 with the single Walk Away dedicated to Womens’ Refuge. She is a Women’s Refuge ambassador, a patron of the Auckland Police Choir and conducts regular singing workshops in NZ prisons.
Special Guest Annie Crummer
Special Guest Annie Crummer (Cook Island/Tahitian) is a New Zealand music icon and a truly trans-tasman, pan-pacific recording artist with gold and platinum albums to her name.
Annie released her first single at the age of 16 Once or Twice, reaching #16 on the NZ charts. In 1993 her debut album Language gained PLATINUM STATUS, then in 1996 she released a second album Seventh Wave reaching GOLD.
Annie’s worked with Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Diesel, Christine Anu, Kate Cebrano, Dave Dobbyn, Tim & Neil Finn, Herbs, Netherworld Dancing Toys, Hollie Smith, Che Fu, Ria Hall and of course the much-loved super group WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY.
Annie has supported and toured with Sir Paul McCartney, K.D. Lang (AUS), Ray Charles, Sting (AUS & NZ) AND Michael Jackson.
Annie’s versatility has seen her to cross over to musical theatre, performing extensively around the world in RENT and WE WILL ROCK YOU ( in the leading role of the Killer Queen and will reprise that role for an Auckland season in August this year).
Annie has won numerous awards including Best Female Artist 1993 and A Lifetime Achievement Award and Senior Pacific Artist Award 2011 THE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS.
Annie was awarded an MNZM in 2017 for services to music.