ARTIST OVERALL RATINGS
Toni Gibson had done little other than record a demo and post raw videos of herself singing on Youtube when she was first added to the site in 2010. She caused a massive stir and shot straight up to our top ten after only one update and still holds the record for the fastest rated artist on the site. Outside of CCUK, things are looking bright for the young New Zealander who has signed a contract with the same person responsible for the launch of Hayley Westenra and Elizabeth Marvelly in New Zealand. She has recorded many tracks for her debut album (some can be found on her website and on Youtube), has made appearances on NZ television, had radio airplay, opened sporting events and performed in concerts throughout her home country. Gibson's popularity can be largely credited to her homemade Youtube videos of her performing unplugged, making her vulnerable to obvious errors and weaknesses, and yet, showing none. She consistently performs to not only a pitch perfect standard but also demonstrating real emotion with her astounding interpretation skills. Her dark image and eclectic song selection prove to be challenging to the classical crossover standard which instantly intrigues and attracts new fans. Gibson launched her debut album in 2013 and reached the top ten in the New Zealand album chart - an impressive feat for a CC artist in New Zealand, but doubly so without a major label.
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Becky Jane Taylor