Often dubbed the ‘Queen of Country’ in her home country, Jody Direen hails from a small, mountainous alpine town in New Zealand called Wanaka. After a solid five years travelling between her home country, Australia and the USA touring, writing and recording, she signed with major record label, ABC Music. Direen has since had numerous Top 10 singles in both Australia and New Zealand. Recent singles Gimme the Beat peaked at #2 and Dirt Rich peaked at #4 on Country Radio in Australia. Gimme the Beat hit #1 on the New Zealand Heat Seekers chart and i-Tunes Country chart.
Late last year, Direen completed her first Australian tour with The Wolfe Brothers, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Christie Lamb, Troy Kemp and Canadian star Gord Bamford. Jody has opened for Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and most recently LeAnn Rimes and Scotty McCreery. Direen continues to tour New Zealand and Australia performing major festivals as well as smaller venues. Her current album “Shake Up” won the Tui Award for Best Country Album at the 2017 NZCMA’s.