Multi-award winning artist Stan Walker has announced his memoir, Impossible: My Story, due to be released in October with HarperCollins New Zealand and revealed his inspirational new single,’Tua’ (‘Bigger’).
Co-written with American singer-songwriter Parson James and proudly released in both Te Reo Māori and English, this waiata captures Walker’s love for his culture, his whakapapa and his whānau, as well as his hopes for the future generations.
So listen to your wild dreams,
the ones that make you crazy,
They’re telling you the right things,
Why we gotta think so small?
When we can be bigger, bigger than this,
Listen to that good song beating in your chest,
Don’t be scared to stray too far from the river,
We can be bigger, we can be bigger, bigger.
Kia mau ki ō pae tawhiti
Ahakoa te kōkēi
He mana nui tō te āki
Hei aha te whakaaro-iti
Tiro ki tua, tua rā e
Whakarongo ki ngā wai o Roto e
Kei wehi i te wehenga i tō awa
Tiro ki tua, tiro ki tua, tua.
The music video, co-directed with prolific and acclaimed Kiwi filmmaker Shae Sterling, is a fitting autobiographical tribute to Walker’s home in Tauranga Moana, featuring sweeping scenes of his marae (Tamapahore) and beloved Mangatawa.
Impossible: My Story is a personal reflection on life growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined. It’s a story about forgiveness and a journey to redemption. It’s a tale of a young Māori boy from Tauranga finding his place and purpose in the world, while never forgetting who he is, where he came from and who he came from.
For the first time, Stan speaks candidly about abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination – Stan tells it all with startling honesty and insight, and with a wonderful sense of warmth and hope.
“I’m about to turn 30, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be where I am today,” expressed Walker.
“With all the trials and tribulations, I am still thankful. Coming to the end of a very long chapter in my life, I decided that now was the perfect time to write this book and share my story – the full story – for the very first time.”
“HarperCollins is extremely proud to be publishing Stan Walker’s book,” said publisher Alex Hedley.
“Stan’s story is as inspiring as it is confronting, as honest as it is powerful. It will leave readers with a sense that you can overcome and achieve anything if you just believe you can.”
You can see Stan Walker live!
Fri 7 Aug Good Vibes 2020 – Logan Campbell, Auckland
Sat 8 Aug Good Vibes 2020 – McKay Stadium, Whangarei
Sat 6 Feb One Love – Tauranga Domain
Sun 7 Feb One Love – Tauranga Domain
Sat 6 Mar Selwyn Sounds – Lincoln Domain, Christchurch
Sat 6 Mar Jim Beam Homegrown – Wellington Waterfront