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Band Member Biographies

Joe Cotton
As a teenager Joe Cotton became a member of "TrueBliss" - which the TV phenomenon "Popstars" created, that kick-started the television singing phenomena that carries on to this day in the form of X Factor, Idol and more. She additionally won "Pop's Ultimate Star", a best of Idol TV singing competition nationwide in 2007 on TV2.  

Her personality has captivated the public, who follow her with great interest at all her singing engagements with the band. Glamorous and outgoing, she is also the girl next door - with major X Factor. Joe is an announcer/DJ on More FM.


Amber Claire
Vocalist Amber Claire is a recording artist who had a gold album "Love and Such" and a Top 10 single in 2003 with "At 17", which peaked at No.6. Amber then went on to record a second album with Sony in 2004, "The Great Escape", with a track being included in an American movie in 2014, "Baggage Claim". As a songwriter, both albums included her own compositions. 

She has performed as support artist to Jamie Cullum, Sarah McLachlan and Josh Kelly. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and is also in the fashion clothing industry.


Pauline Berry
Pauline Berry has made singing a full time career performing covers with her own lineups, starting out in Auckland as a resident night club singer and session singer. Along the way she has organized band tours and events, explored and performed many different vocal styles, (with a love of too many to choose just one), written and released an album. She created "The Mermaids" with late, great guitarist Martin Winch.

Pauline manages the band, and is delighted to be the client's point of contact.  

For bookings and enquiries please email: nzmermaid07@gmail.com

Stuart Pearce - Keyboards and Musical Director
Stuart Pearce has worked with a vast number of artists, both in the studio and live, as keyboardist and arranger. His areas of interest and expertise know no bounds - having worked successfully in genres as varied as rock, country, pop, new wave, blues, salsa, merengue, hip-hop and techno.

As a long serving In-house Music Arranger/Producer at top NZ recording studios Mandrill, York Street and Greenstone Music Karekare, he has been the driving force behind several No.1 NZ hits across a variety of genres. 

In 2011 he was inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame, as a member of the legendary Kiwi band "Hello Sailor". He appeared in the 2016 film "Poi E: The Story of Our Song", as Dalvanius Prime's arranger and keyboardist.

Stu produces all the music for "The Mermaids". Combined with the band's modern full range sound system, Stu's multi-faceted keyboard playing and add the amazingly tight live vocals from Joe, Pauline & Amber, this band sounds fantastic on every level.

Stuart's continues to arrange and produce up-and-coming as well as established artists. He may be contacted on mobile 021-871214 or ´╗┐email him here to discuss any needs or future projects. 

´╗┐The Mermaids Dance Band extend to both five and six piece for larger stages and events with accomplished guitarist Dixon Nacey. And six piece with percussionist Edwin Westermeier 
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