Caitlin Smith Bio

Vocals for:

2013 The Fondue Set Down To The Rind. A live recording of the final Fondue Set gig at the Taupo Arts Festival in 2004. The recording was recently rediscovered. Featuring Caitlin, Nigel Gavin and Steve Gerrish.
2013 Caitlin Smith Stories To TellThe Thorndon Project. A CD released in conjunction with the Parents Of Visually Impaired New Zealand (PVINZ)
2006 The Dylan Storey Band ‘Bones’, Linn Lorkin ‘Kiwiana’
2005 The Caitlin Smith Group ‘Aurere’. Formed and performed with alt.folk/country acapella harmony trio The Sextons
2004 SJD ‘Southern Lights’, Lorina Harding ‘Clean Break’, Richard Watt, film soundtrack to ‘Lands Of Our Fathers’ documentary with Oliver Mtukudzi and Whirimako Black. Nairobi Trio, D-Dub, Davey G and the Engines of Efficiency. Backing vocals for NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis’ #1 hit single ‘They Can’t Take That Away’
2003 Concord Dawn – ‘Let it Go’. Short film theme song with Brunettes and Don McGlashan ‘Sweet as Candy’, For Bob Frisbee – the Rainy Days. Featured on ‘Journeys’, a CD released comprised entirely of blind artists. Two tracks accompanied by Jann Rutherford.
2002 Magik and Rose, Feature film Soundtrack
2001 Pitch Black, Tidemarks with Ross Mullins, Eddie Rayner ‘Play it Straight’ – ‘Letting Go’
2000 The Fondue Set CD ‘In a Blue Vein’. ‘Read about it’ – Books in Homes theme song with Toi Iti, written by Dave Dobbyn and Jan Hellreigel
1999 The Fondue Set CD ‘Stick a Fork in it’.

Television Appearances:


  • Wanganui Arts Festival
  • AK03
  • Peace in the Park – performer and MC
  • Thredbo Global Music Festival (Australia)
  • Festival of Romance
  • Christchurch Jazz Festival
  • Wellington International Jazz Festival
  • Waiheke Jazz Festival (Headline artist 5 years)
  • Waiheke Food and Fine Festival
  • Devonport Food and Wine Festival
  • Taranaki Festival
  • Tauranga Arts Festival
  • Manly Jazz Festival (Australia)
  • Ponsonby Music Festival
  • Taupo Arts Festival
  • Rotorua Streetfest
  • North Shore Sounds
  • NorthShore Events
  • Music in Parks
  • Gulf Harbour
  • ‘NZ National Fielddays’ at Mystery Creek
  • AK05
  • Giant Leap (Festival of Disability)
  • Wairarapa ‘Summer Hummer’
  • Whangamata Art Fusion Festival
  • Raglan Jazz and Blues Festival
  • Waitakere Sounds
  • Going West
  • Winter Jazz at the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Queenstown Winterfestival (3 years)
  • Zoomusic
  • Rakino Island Jazz and Art Festival

Students (include…)

Aaron and Janna – Grande Cobra
April Pohio – worship leader
Asey Lio and Cushla – Fou Nature
Betty Ann Monga – Ardijah
Bjorn Peterson – Open Souls
Claire Holmes – Farmer Pimp
Dave Yetton – JPSE, Subliminals
Elizabeth Walker
Hannah Hegan
Helena Struthers / Kerry Glockling – Auckland Navy Band
James Moore – The Lure of Shoes
Jared – Ruptus Jack
Penny Ashton – Hot Pink
Simon Hislop
Daniel and Lloyd – International Flannel
Neil Newton – Hozomeen
Tim Stewart – Supergroove / Svelte
Dylan Storey – The Dylan Storey Band
Maryrose Crook – The Renderers
Paul Kauri – worship leader
Cindy Ruakere
Brodie – The Have
Kate Martin – Meatbix, solo artist
Andrea Howarth
Katia MacKenzie
Damien – Blindspot
Lisa Crawley
Zeisha – Likely Story artist
Bex Reilly – Schummacker & Baitercell
Aja Rock
Lucy Graves
Jiwan Rai
Dave Klein – Smile Foundation
Jasmine Collins
Hollie Smith – Trinity Roots
Victoria Girling-Butcher and band – Lucid 3
Jimmy and Dion – The D4
Peter Marshall – The Holidaymakers
Pete, Scott and Rob – Tourist
Ana Strong
Jonathan Edwards
Oliver Driver
Teresa Healey
Elizabeth McRae
Lana Nesnas – Australian Cast of Dirty Dancing
Catherine Tunks
Ivy Rossiter
Lauren Mitchell
Hayden Booth
Jeff Cox
Siobhan Marshall – Outrageous Fortune
Fiona McGeogh
Hayley Hansell
Tina Fotu
Brendon Turner
Dolf de Datsun – The Datsuns
Jessica Meffen – Subware
Kathryn van Beek – Peachy Kean / Jonnie Rose
Kevin Brown / Todd Landers – Quiver
Nikora Lewis
Libby Huirua – Parachute Band
Matt Mitcheson – Springfield
Cy Winstanley – Springfield and solo (currently based in London)
Karleena – K’Lee
Nesian Mystik
Sean Strum – Eye TV
Morgan Fairhead – ATC
Neil Watson – Unification, The Blends, Anika Moa’s band
Josephine Costain – Ishta
Godfrey de Grut – Che Fu
Richard Watt
The Rock and Roll Machine
Renee – Tadpole
Anika Moa
Ladi 6
Run for Cover
Michelle Crompton – Aerial
Maria O’Flaherty – jazz soloist
Charlotte Yates
Kate Bartlett – actress
Nicholas McCauley – Crash Politic
Philip Gluckman – Smile Foundation
Sam – Devil Gate Drive
Bob Cardy – Shaft
Belinda, Dee, Nadine, Nicki – Mary
Josh Winsdor – Hippo Eats Dwarf
Richard Manic – Runninghouse (Best Vocalist in 2004’s Battle of the Bands)
Tanya Horo – Marvey King
Erik Johanson – Leonard
Trudy Lile – Mojave
Nakita – (Best Vocalist 2005 Smokefree Rockquest)
Danielle – Auckland Samba
Alex Grayson – Shakey Ground
Nick Rosenberg and many other soloists from ‘Heaven Bent’, ‘Jubilation’ and ‘One Voice’ choirs

Teaching institutions and groups:

  • The BBC including Alan Glenn for ‘Kidnapped’
  • Shortland Street, South Pacific Pictures
  • Voice overs (Colin Hogg for documentaries, Slingshot CEO for TV ad campaign included)
  • Warmed up Courtney Love and Hole members for the Big Day out 1999
  • Choirs (Destiny Church, Hot Flush, Buddhist Centre)
  • Barbershop quartets including NZ’s current champions
  • Vocal tutor at MAINZ
  • Vocal tutor at Auckland University SCAPA and Education departments
  • Vocal tutor at Unitec
  • Vocal Tutor at Southern Institute of Technology
  • Vocal workshops for the NorthShore Events Festival and for the Temple live music venue (Formerly on Queen St) and for Wellington Jazz Polytech students
  • Establishing and editing PVC, the short lived web-based Professional Vocalists’ Collective

Special events:

  • Taste Auckland 2012
  • Cisco Jazz Series soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) in a Tribute to Mavis Rivers, Aotea Centre (2000)
  • The Four Senses – Multimedia Concert for the deaf, Featured soloist with signing choir
  • Performer for two years running at the Silver Scroll Awards
  • 2000 – Recipient of the Blind Foundation’s Blind Achiever 2000 Award
  • Performing for Books in Homes and Gifted Kids functions and visiting primary schools as a role model in the Books in Schools program
  • Ellerslie Flower Show (three years running)
  • Opening of the Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne
  • Opening Newmarket Cock and Bull
  • Opening Starzz nightclub
  • Opening of the Chancery Shopping Precinct, CBD
  • Wrap parties for ‘Young Hercules’ and ‘Hercules’ TV series
  • Opening of Borders, Auckland CBD
  • Opening of Opus Bar and Brasserie, Ponsonby
  • Opening of Butterfly Creek, Manukau City
  • Opening of the Office Bar, CBD
  • Millenium Marathon, Waikato
  • Re-opening of the refurbished Civic, CBD
  • Private Functions for: BMW, Coke, Vodafone, Heinz-Watties, The Italian Navy, Barfoot and Thompson, ROCOM, ROCPAC, Nokia, The Knowledge Wave, Consultus, TVNZ, The H.O.G Rally (Harley Davison Owners Group) Hamilton and many, many others…

Literally hundreds of weddings to the point of being cited as “Caitlin Smith: NZ’s Wedding Singer” in NZ Bride and Groom Magazine

I have organised and MC’d several successful public performance student nights called SingingHeads. Most at the Temple (Queen Street), as part of the Grey Lynn Festival and at Atomic 121 Cafe, (now Cafe One2One) in Ponsonby – these events eagerly anticipated and appreciated by ‘standing room only’ audiences.

You might have heard television ads I’ve recorded for:

  • Fly Buys, ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’
  • Meridian Energy
  • Merlot
  • Office Max
  • Marley Spouting – I’m In Love With The Rain’
  • The everyday Egg
  • Free Breast Cancer screening – ‘Free’
  • Subaru ‘Total Control’
  • Sky City ‘The Golden Touch’
  • Sky Television (…to name a few)

Or the ‘deranged cabaret’ and free jazz improvisation:

  • Regular member of the ‘Vitamin S’ pool of musicians. These are random collaborative free music performances at The Odeon Lounge and the Wine Cellar
  • The Civic Theatre’s 75th Birthday Celebrations
  • ‘Stark Night’ Cabaret written by Rochelle Bright
  • Love and the Imposter
  • Birds Of Paradise

There are live performances in Jazz Clubs including:

  • With The Blue Bottom Stompers – Tauranga Jazz Club, Te Rapa, Hamilton Jazz Club, Howick Jazz Club
  • With Band – Hamilton Jazz Society
  • With The Vintage Jazz Band, Pumphouse

Residencies with my various bands:

  • The Drake in Freeman’s Bay 2005 – 2008
  • Opus Bar and Brasserie (2003 – 2005)
  • Iguacu Restaurant (1997-2005)
  • Rakinos (1997-2003)
  • Matchlounge (2004/5)
  • Mecca Chancery (2003 -)
  • Otto in Metropolis (2001 – 2002)
  • The Gables (1998-2002)
  • The London Bar (1998 -)
  • Quattro (1997-1998)
  • Cock & Bull Restaurant & Bar
  • Hotel Debrett (2009 – 2016)