From Auckland’s wild west coast of Piha Beach, Black Sand Diva Cat Tunks has been pinned as NZ’s ‘Queen of Southern Soul’ from her genre bending vocal love of Blues, Gospel, Country Jazz and Roots’ that she reworks into her own unique powerhouse blend.

With four original albums, two music award nominations, and different collaborations around the globe, she brings together a heavy hitting line up that includes Wellingtons Michael Barker (Swamp Thing/Carniverous Plant Society) on drums, Warren Mendonsa (BlackStrattBlues/India) on guitar,  and those trademark vocals that can soar from shadows of Etta James, Aretha and Shirley Bassey, to the ethereal gospel folk of her Irish/Māori roots.