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Top-selling Kiwi artist Stan Walker will headline the game day entertainment programme when the Vodafone Warriors host Canterbury-Bankstown for The Capital Clash at Westpac Stadium in Wellington next Saturday night (game day sponsor: Vodafone).

The Tauranga-raised singing sensations management have reached agreement for him to appear on the landmark day when the Vodafone Warriors play a home game outside Auckland for the first time since coming into existence in 1995.

Walker is arguably the hottest property on the New Zealand entertainment scene right now, aided by his starring role on TV3s X Factor now in season.

We couldnt be more excited to have Stan performing in Wellington, said Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah.

Its a massive occasion in our history to be staging The Capital Clash and to have a huge star like Stan being part of it adds so much more to the event.

Its another big reason for everyone to get along to Westpac Stadium for what will be a fantastic night.

With New Zealand Music Month under way, Sony Music New Zealand has just released Walkers latest album The Complete Collection, featuring all three of his albums and a bonus single Take it Easy.

And on May 23 Walker will be the main attraction at Sony Musics Homemade at Galatos in Auckland, an exclusive new music showcase also featuring up and comers Sons of Zion and Soljah.

Walker has a strong connection with rugby league.

He had star billing at last years Anzac Test at Eden Park and has previously joined the Kiwis in camp to jam with the players and staff. He also sang for Kiwi rugby league superstar Benji Marshall and Zoe Balbi at their wedding last year.

Walkers appearance at The Capital Clash coincides with the Vodafone Warriors throwing their support behind New Zealand Music Month.

Theyre set to launch a competition asking Vodafone Warriors members and fans to post their top three New Zealand songs of all time. Go to for more details. Up for grabs throughout the month will be copies of Walkers The Complete Collection courtesy of Sony Music.

At each of the Vodafone Warriors three home games during New Zealand Music Month Kiwi songs selected by members and fans will feature in the music inserts throughout the game day programme.

Thanks to Sony Music, the Vodafone Warriors will also be giving away double passes to see Walker perform with Sons of Zion and Soljah at Homemade.



Stan Walkers career was launched with a bang when he won Australian Idol in 2009.

Before that, he was working in a Queensland menswear shop and singing in church. As a 12-year-old, he was inspired by Guy Sebastians 2003 Australian Idol win and at 19 he wowed the judges and the public with his versatile talent and engaging presence to take out the recording contract prize.

Stan is signed to Sony Music as a recording artist and EMI Publishing as songwriter and is a chart-topping pop star in both Australia and New Zealand. He has sold more than 80,000 albums in New Zealand, with triple platinum sales of his debut album Introducing and platinum sales of From The Inside Out. He has a total of five gold singles, plus one platinum and one double platinum in New Zealand to date.

The album, Introducing also went platinum in Australia, debuting at No 3 in the album charts and From the Inside Out debuted at No 2 in Australia. His debut single, Black Box hit No 2 in Australia and No 1 on New Zealand singles charts.

He has won five New Zealand Music Awards: Highest Selling NZ Single (2010), International Achievement Award (2010), NZ On Air Airplay Record of the Year (2010 & 2011) and the Vodafone Peoples Choice Award (2010). He also won the Waiata Maori Award for radio airplay record of the year. In Australia, he has had four ARIA Award nominations and two Nickelodeon Australian Kids Choice Award nominations.

His song Stand Up featured on the Australasian release of the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He has recorded and toured with Jessica Mauboy, recently seen in Australian box office hit The Sapphires. He has also recorded with Young Sid, Kayo, and co-written with DNZ. In May 2012, he was support act for Nicki Minaj on the Australian leg of her Pink Friday Tour.

Stan made his acting debut in Febuary 2013, playing the lead role of Turei in the feature film Mt Zion. Mt Zion debuted at #1 at the NZ box office, quickly taking over $1 million, and securing an Australian release. Take It Easy, Stans single from the film, also held a number one chart and gained platinum sales.

Born in Melbourne of Tuhoe and Ngati Ranginui descent, he grew up in Mount Maunganui and Queensland. Proudly Maori, he says, Im Maori and I will always represent my culture.
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