Spotlight on: Nate Kruse

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with Janne GuitarGirl

Raised in rural South Auckland, New Zealand singer/songwriter Nate Kruse first performed in public at the age of seven at a school talent quest where he danced to a Michael Jackson song – much to the surprise of his family.

His sister often enjoyed singing at home so this inspired a young Nate to try out his voice and he returned to the same talent quest a year later to sing Reece Mastin's song 'Goodnight'.

Wanting more, he started guitar lessons at school and then had some private lessons from a local guitar tutor and practiced singing along with his playing. Nate became part of a band with fellow students, where he is lead vocalist and plays rhythm guitar, and after four years 'Mind Over Matter' is still performing originals and covers at gigs.  

Nate also performs as a soloist and, having developed a passion for songwriting, is enjoying exploring different music genres; anything from 60s music through to more recent electronic sounds and he enjoys and is inspired by pop/rock and acoustic music.
Like many other singer/songwriters, Nate finds that music gives him the freedom to express life experiences and the world around him.

He released a single 'Sorry To Say' by Nathan Kruse in 2016 at the age of 14, and he is currently working on more singles and an EP album to put up on music platforms such as Spotify and iTunes.

Nate will be performing at The LMM Club on September 8 alongside other New Zealand singer-songwriters at the Brew Craft Beer Pub on The Strand, Tauranga. This starts at 5pm and features artists promoting New Zealand music, hosted by LA Thompson.

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