Originally from Wellington Pauline Berry is both vocalist and band manager of “Sugar Town” which is from the same origin as highly respected female vocal line-up “The Mermaids”, a line-up she created in 1997.
Pauline is a career vocalist, performing covers with her own lineups, including 90s Auckland circuit rock band “No Paparazzi”. Prior to that she was a resident nightclub and session singer. She has worked with an array of superb NZ musicians, including highly sought after keyboard player Stuart Pearce, who is also producer of the band’s sound. She has performed all over NZ, as well Rarotonga and Hawaii, the latter as part of a backing vocal team behind an international act.
As a result of delving into and performing many different vocal styles, she developed a love of too many to choose just one, so she happily performs R & B, pop, country, soul, funk, rock, rock n roll, 1950’s style jazz and blues plus European power pop – in the form of ABBA!
An occasional songwriter, Pauline has written and released her own album, with two of her songs being recorded by Martin Winch and Amber Claire. (A link here to the video of the song Here It Comes Again). Additionally, for fun and to showcase the personality of The Mermaids Dance Band, she wrote “The Cocktail Song“. This is a summer themed song with a Latin dance vibe, produced by Stuart Pearce. This was co-written with the late, great guitarist Martin Winch of “Espresso Guitar” fame, who appears in the video.
A quirky side career has been performing as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, including on the NZ version of the TV Show “Stars in their Eyes”. Putting the singing first (Marilyn was a good singer!), Pauline has been requested to appear at special occasions all over New Zealand, to sing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” and always “Happy Birthday”!
Pauline is the client’s point of contact and prompt to respond to any queries related to live music and the event. She is able to provide a strong overview of a function. She connects with venues and communicates with clients of every kind nationwide.
Pauline is the Secretary of the Variety Artists Club of NZ, a friendship club that is for all performers of every genre, be it dancing, comedy, magic, and of course, musicians and vocalists. In 2019 she presented the Top Group Award to Six60 at the Benny Awards. Their manager Dave Munro accepted on their behalf (pictured below). Stuart Pearce, the band’s keyboardist and producer won Top Musician Award at the same Event.
Thank you so much Pauline. This was the easiest band I have ever had the pleasure of booking! Super simple, great contract, pack in on time, set up perfectly, fantastic set. It’s unusual to have so many of them dancing. A huge thank you to all of you! Arna Wahl Davies, Composition Ltd, for the Iris Awards