Suzanne PRENTICE OBE (1977)

Suzanne Prentice  Location- Block 1; position 12

1958 – Born on September 9th in Invercargill, New Zealand.

1960 - Age 12 started her musical career.

1961 - Age 13 recorded her first album “Country Girl” which went gold in months. Sang on television for the first time.

1973 – Age 15 won a New Zealand television talent quest.

1974 – Golden Guitar for Female Vocal of the Year with “Dust on Mother’s Bible”.

1977 - Golden Guitar for Female Vocal of the Year with “Sweet Music Man”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame. Suzanne repeated her ‘Hands of Fame’ tribute at the ‘‘New Zealand Hands of Fame’’.

1978 - Golden Guitar for Female Vocal of the Year with “How Great Thou Art”.

1979 – Travelled to Canada to appear with George Hamilton IV on his show which was screened in England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England.

1995 - A committed supporter of World Vision for over 20 years, Suzanne was visiting India to see the organisations work first hand when she heard that she had received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queens Birthday Honours for her services to music.

She has been awarded many awards and accolades in both New Zealand and Australia throughout her 40 year career which she has largely managed herself.

Suzanne has also used her own celebrity status in deeply personal ways. To date she has headlined over 650 Kids for Kids shows leading approx 750,000 children to perform to an estimated audience of over 500,000 helping youngsters into the spotlight at the same time as raising the awareness of the plight of under privileged children throughout the world. As well as performing her own shows, corporate events, and theatre presentations, she performs between 40-50 Kids for Kids show’s a year throughout New Zealand. Using her years in the entertainment industry and her enthusiasm for music, Suzanne works hard to encourage children to become involved and enjoy the experience of music.

Suzanne has had published two books both of which became best sellers, “One Day at a Time”& “Keeping it Off”.

Her World Vision work has also taken her to Malawi and Honduras continuing her close work with many of the world’s underprivileged children.

Other awards and honours include being named as New Zealand’s Best Female Vocalist and RIANZ NZ Music Industry Awards.

The awards have kept coming, more recently Suzanne was honoured by Rotary as a recipient of the ‘Paul Harris Fellow Award’ in 2002. The highest honour awarded by Rotary International.

In 2008 Suzanne felt especially honoured to receive the NCMA Country Music Legend Award.

In 2009 Suzanne was voted by her peers as ‘Top Female Vocalist’ by “The Variety Artists of New Zealand”.