STAN’S MEMOIR ‘IMPOSSIBLE: MY STORY’ TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 8 WITH HARPERCOLLINS
Multi-award winning artist Stan Walker reveals ‘Bigger’, his inspirational new single out today on Sony Music New Zealand/Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Stan will also release the single in Te Reo/Māori as ‘Tua’, the literal translation of ‘Bigger’.
Co-written with American singer-songwriter Parson James and proudly released in both Te Reo/Māori and English, this waiata captures Walker’s love for his culture, his whakapapa and his whānau, as well as his hopes for the future generations.
So listen to your wild dreams,
the ones that make you crazy,
They’re telling you the right things,
Why we gotta think so small?
When we can be bigger, bigger than this,
Listen to that good song beating in your chest,
Don’t be scared to stray too far from the river,
We can be bigger, we can be bigger, bigger.
Kia mau ki ō pae tawhiti
Ahakoa te kōkēi
He mana nui tō te āki
Hei aha te whakaaro-iti
Tiro ki tua, tua rā e
Whakarongo ki ngā wai o Roto e
Kei wehi i te wehenga i tō awa
Tiro ki tua, tiro ki tua, tua.
The music video, co-directed with prolific and acclaimed kiwi filmmaker Shae Sterling, is a fitting autobiographical tribute to Walker’s home in Tauranga Moana, featuring sweeping scenes of his marae (Tamapahore) and beloved Mangatawa. Watch here.
Stan’s forthcoming memoir, Impossible: My Story, is due to be released October 8, 2020 with HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand.
Impossible: My Story is a personal reflection on life growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined. It’s a story about forgiveness and a journey to redemption. It’s a tale of a young Māori boy from Tauranga finding his place and purpose in the world, while never forgetting who he is, where he came from and who he came from.
For the first time, Stan speaks candidly about abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination – Stan tells it all with startling honesty and insight, and with a wonderful sense of warmth and hope.
Impossible: My Story is co-written with bestselling author and ghostwriter Margie Thomson. Margie has worked with many extraordinary New Zealanders.
Stan said “I’m about to turn 30, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be where I am today. With all the trials and tribulations, I am still thankful. Coming to the end of a very long chapter in my life, I decided that now was the perfect time to write this book and share my story – the full story – for the very first time.”
“HarperCollins is extremely proud to be publishing Stan Walker’s book,” says publisher Alex Hedley. “Stan’s story is as inspiring as it is confronting, as honest as it is powerful. It will leave readers with a sense that you can overcome and achieve anything if you just believe you can.”
ABOUT STAN WALKER
Over the past decade Stan Walker has become one of Aotearoa’s most loved figures, adored for his Maoritanga, love for his culture, pride for his people, sense of humour, humility, and joy for life as much as he inspires in his roles as a musician and actor. His success as a New Zealand performing artist across such a variety of mediums is unparalleled. Not only has Stan earned eight Gold and five Platinum singles as well as one Double Platinum and one Triple Platinum single in New Zealand. In Australia, Stan has two Double Platinum singles, two Platinum singles and two Gold singles. He’s collected eight New Zealand Music Awards along the way and five ARIA Music Award nominations. He’s won the Waiata Māori Award for Radio Airplay Record of the Year five times, in 2010, 2011 and then 3 consecutive years in a row from 2013 – 2015.
Stan Walker’s new single ‘Bigger’ is out now on all streaming services.