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3×3: Tami Neilson on Being Nosy, Tired, and Lazy

Jan 26, 2017

3x3: Tami Neilson on Being Nosy, Tired, and Lazy

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.)


The skinny white bijshes in @farmersnz stole my hair.

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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.

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


Thanks Gore, see ya next time! #gore #newzealand #capitalofcountrymusic

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Fate or free will?

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!

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3x3: Tami Neilson on Being Nosy, Tired, and Lazy