Meet your judges: Jason Kerrison


Home-grown musician/front man Jason Kerrison's journey to success means he'll fight for an act he thinks is worthy.

The band Opshop was formed in 2002 by Invercargill born/Christchurch raised, singer/songwriter Kerrison. He based himself in Auckland, writing music while at holding a musical residency in a backpacker's bar.

Some of Opshop's success is thanks to ZM radio's 'Project NZM' on-air competition - which was designed to help small bands make it big. In 2003, Opshop were the competition winners and their single 'Saturated' was given significant airplay on the ZM network. The band was then signed by a label, and success was swift.

Opshop went on to sell triple-platinium albums, produce chart-topping singles, and win multiple industry awards on both New Zealand and Australia. They are now firmly established in the fabric of NZ's musical landscape.

In addition to Opshop, in 2011 Kerrison established a new band called The Babysitters Circus (TBC). At first meant just as a fun side-project, TBC have now released a debut album and have been touring Europe in 2012/2013.

This is a new style for Kerrison, who is the group's producer and DJ. Their hit single 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' was listed for 35 weeks in the NZ and Dutch top 40 charts.

Kerrison runs his own record label and contributes to a number of other musical projects.

Following the first major earthquake in Christchurch in 2010, he was a fundamental component in making 'Band Together' event happen.

In July 2013, he wrote a charity single, 'Never Walk Away', for the C-City Bothers, a group formed by Crusaders rugby players. The single reached #1 on the iTunes chart and raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Association.

The 2011 Queens Birthday Honours saw Jason awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music.


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