Artist: Tami Neilson
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand via Toronto, Canada
Latest Album: Don’t Be Afraid
Personal Nicknames: Tam (I’m really Tamara, so I guess Tami is actually a permanent nickname.)
What was the first record you ever bought with your own money?
The Best of Judy Garland. Seriously. It was a cassette and I wore it right out. (… and it actually wasn’t the best. It didn’t even include “The Man That Got Away.” Travesty.)
How many unread emails or texts currently fill your inbox?
None. I’m just too nosy for that to happen.
If your life were a movie, which songs would be on the soundtrack?
I have two boys under 5, who I have just fed, bathed, and wrangled into bed, so “I’m So Tired” John Lennon is all that comes to mind at this moment … and pretty much sums up my last five years.
Snowplanet: Where New Zealanders pay hard-earned money to play in -5 degrees in the snow instead of going swimming at the beach on Christmas Eve day. (Spending 20 minutes bundling my kids into the rental snowsuits, gloves and boots cured me of any homesickness I had for a white Christmas!) #kiwichristmas #givemethebeach #newzealandsummer
What’s your favorite word?
The way my 4.5-year-old says “Chlocolate”
Which sisters are your favorite — Andrews, Secret, McCrary, or Mandrell?
I love them all. Growing up in a family band myself, you just can’t beat a family blend of harmonies. Andrews were the first love, though … I made my little brothers learn all the words to “Hold Tight” just so we could sing it in the tour bus growing up. I still remember my parents and me singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” at my wedding reception.
If you were a liquor, what would you be?
A distilled spirit
Fate or free will?
Cake or pie?
Yes, please! I’ll take a slice of each.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset … As a mother of little ones, I see way too many sunrises and look forward to the day when I can revert back to being a lazy musician who sleeps through them!