Happy Ali is delighted to have connected Boyd Owen, the internationally renowned operatic tenor, who is both an Australian and a New Zealander, with Global Wellness Day.
Boyd’s moving rendition of “You Raise Me Up” — by Brendan Graham and Rolf Løvland was sung by Boyd Owen with Tania Dreaver-Parker, Moana Lee-Pember, and Xavier Krause and viewed around the world to much applause when it was streamed world-wide during last Saturday’s Global Wellness Day. As was the extraordinary Māori solo performance by Wetini Hwerewini (karakia soloist) in the instrumental.
Following the performance there has been interest world-wide and Boyd, who followed Lance Bass and Reba McEntire on the Global Wellness Day streamed, said: “It was a very special thing locally to have Te Reo Māori on such a big international stage.”
Boyd first featured in Happy Ali when he created and sang a Happy Ali version of the famous Neopolitan song, “O sole mio” shortly after our launch last year.
With over two decades of experience, Boyd sees his mission as simple, and, at the same time, ambitious. He says, “In every performance, I want to facilitate an experience where my audience connects with ‘what’s alive’ in them and what they need in that moment, and through that connection to themselves – to be changed.”
An Italian Bel Canto opera specialist, Boyd has been performing around the world with the top opera companies and orchestras in some of the finest venues including Carnegie Hall (USA), Florence Opera (Italy) and the Sydney Opera House (Australia).
He has toured for many years with The Ten Tenors, and has made numerous television appearances including Jerry Lewis Telethon, (USA); Carols by Candlelight, (Australia); Verstehen sie Spass, (Germany); and the Allsång festivals (Norway/Sweden).
But singing isn’t Boyd’s only talent. He is also an entrepreneur and is CEO of the Oushanda Group which runs several companies in China, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. His company provides production and consultation services to media/entertainment industries worldwide, as well as mentoring emerging creative artists on the business side of the music industry.
This extremely moving rendition of “You Raise Me Up” — by Brendan Graham and Rolf Løvland is sung by Boyd Owen with Tania Dreaver-Parker, Moana Lee-Pember, and Xavier Krause.
“You Raise Me Up” (music and lyrics by Brendan Graham and Rolf Løvland) with Māori Choir – Te Whānau O Pukehuia
Director of filming: Tareq Branney
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by: Troy Kelly
Directed and Produced by: James Partridge
Assistant: Jasmine Jheng
Special thanks to the Oushanda Group, Boyd Owen Vocal Studio, Howie, Admit One Entertainment and Statement Marketing
Filmed and recorded at: The Armoury, Wellington, New Zealand
Te Whānau O Pukehuia Choir
Tiaki Stacy Herewini
Wetini Hwerewini (karakia soloist) deserves special mention for his role performing the brilliant Māori solo in the instrumental.
Additionally, Universal Music and Peer Music – the joint owners of “You Raise Me Up” – regarding the rights to use the song, have sent this heartfelt message from Brendan Graham, one of the writers of the song: “Brendan… is honoured to be associated with the Te Reo language. He’d like to convey his best wishes to you and respect to the community.”
You can read more about Boyd Owen here