Elizabeth Marvelly To Sing NZ National Anthem At NRL Grand Final
New Zealand singing sensation Elizabeth Marvelly is delighted to be named to sing the New Zealand National Anthem for the Warriors when they take on Manly in the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final this weekend in Sydney.
Elizabeth - fresh from singing the anthem at this year's Bledisloe Cup matches and named to sing at one of the Rugby World Cup semi-final matches - will perform for a sold-out crowd at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Kiwi songstress, described by Prime Minister John Key as a 'national treasure' and whose recent album Home enjoyed a Top 10 chart position, says "It's always an honour to sing for the Warriors and to represent my country".
"I feel hugely honoured to be asked by the Warriors to sing for them on Sunday. The fire and the passion of the team and all of their supporters is incredibly inspiring and I'll do my best to sing it out loud for them! Go boys!"
Elizabeth Marvelly is used to performing in front of large crowds. It began when she was just 16 and taken to the national stage by her uncle, the late Sir Howard Morrison. Then came her debut album and an Australasian and European tour with Britain's Got Talent opera phenomenon Paul Potts. She performed to crowds numbering in the millions at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House; Elizabeth Marvelly's musical life has been a wonderful ride.
Earlier this year she enlisted a small army of artists and friends to stage a charity event to help raise money for the NZ Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. To Christchurch With Love, featuring Paul Potts, the NZSO and other best loved New Zealand artists, raised in excess of $115,000 for the Appeal. Elizabeth has also donated a percentage of her record sales profits to the NZ Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. An added highlight of 2011 has been a critically acclaimed Headline tour through New Zealand with the NZSO.