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Jason Kerrison

Jason Kerrison

Jason Kerrison

Young ones look up to him, ladies love him, and the fellas respect him (that’s not an easy thing to achieve in New Zealand unless you’re an All Black!). He even boasts Boy George as one of his biggest fans!

New Zealand’s Got Talent welcomes homegrown rockstar Jason Kerrison to the judging panel.

But it’s not just his 20 years in the music industry that qualifies Jason to sit beside his co-judges. Jason knows all too well the reality of showbiz and the blood, sweat and tears that go towards developing any act … no matter what the talent is … from his humble beginnings earning his stripes playing backpacker bars across Auckland.

Giving his fellow NZ’ers the chance to reach that life changing big break makes Jason proud-as-punch to be Kiwi.

Although sifting through the weird and wacky that both islands dish up might test his national pride! It’s a task he can’t wait to tackle head on … especially trying not to laugh out loud!

Get him behind a Gibson or a Fender and Jason will happily play lead guitar for any singer or band to take the stage. He might even be tempted to demonstrate his dance skills, show his might in a Haka, and even try his luck at the hands of an illusionist.

But behind the dark sunnies and uber-cool rock star ways, Jason is first to admit he gets squeamish when it comes to any act involving creepy-crawlies, contortionists and freak show acts.

As a former radio jock, Jason will use his quick-wit and cheek to entertain … and maybe even get under the skin of his fellow judge Ali Campbell.

He will be honest but fair and will be looking for acts with an absolute hunger for success. If he sees potential he will fight for any act's cause.


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

Some of Opshop's success is thanks to the ZM radio station where during the winter of 2003, Opshop were the winners of Project NZM - a competition designed to help small bands make it big.

Project NZM helped Opshop with the release of their single Saturated by giving the song airplay on the ZM network.

They became a signed act and they continue to receive a good deal of support from NZ on Air and New Zealand's broadcasting community.

Opshop finished their new album You Are Here in 2004 and have done many large concerts all over the world.

With the single Maybe, they are the first New Zealand band to go to the number one position on iTunes New Zealand in its history, beating out Mika, Regina Spektor, Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé and Shakira, The Fray, Silverchair, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake and Snow Patrol.

Maybeis the first single off the album Second Hand Planet, released in April 2007.

Opshop have been voted New Zealand's favorite band according to readers of the EDC magazine. The poll was conducted on the 19th April, 2010, two days after they released their newest single Pins and Needles.

Opshop's latest album was released in August, 2010, and is called Until the End of Time.

Jason Kerrison has spent many years at the top of the NZ Music Scene with his band Opshop, enjoying not only commercial success, but also picking up numerous NZ Music Awards and the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award along the way.

In 2011, Kerrison was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to music.

Airplay & Accolades

• Most played song on New Zealand Radio for twelve consecutive weeks (Maybe, 2007)

• Most played song on New Zealand Radio for five consecutive weeks (One Day)

• Most Played Video on Juice TV (Maybe, 2007)

• Most Played Video on C4 Television (Maybe, 2007)

• Winners of the Best Group Video Award at the 2007 Juice TV Awards (Maybe)

• Most Nominated Artists at the 2007 NZ Music Awards with seven nominations

• Winners of the coveted “People’s Choice” Award at the 2007 NZ Music Awards

• Finalist for Song of the Year at the prestigious 2007 APRA Silver Scroll Awards (Maybe)

• Finalist for New Zealand Artist of the Year at the 2008 MTV Australia Music Awards


Following the success of Opshop, Jason Kerrison formed The Babysitters Circus (TBC). The band is a fourpiece New Zealand Electronica/Bass and Funk/Groove freak show that was born when the quartet began throwing sounds and ideas together while babysitting.

It soon became apparent that what started out as simply a creative outlet for its members was too good to keep hidden away and it just felt wrong to not give everyone the chance to shake their shaky bits to tracks oozing with infectious fleshy hooks.

The Babysitters Circus only have one rule: any track presented has to be danceable or it doesn’t make the cut.

In 2011-2012, their hit single Everything's Gonna Be Alright was listed for 35 weeks in the New Zealand and Dutch top 40 charts – its peak position was number 7 in Holland, and 8 in New Zealand.