Shelton Woolright (The X Factor)

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Musical artist

Shelton Woolright is a New Zealand drummer and photographer. He began his drumming career in about 1997 when he played for the New Zealand band Blindspott. In 2008, he became a member of the UK-based band, I Am Giant. In 2015, Woolright joined the judging panel of The X Factor NZ.

Early life

Woolright was born in New Zealand. He is of Tongan and French Canadian heritage.[1]

Career

Blindspott

Woolright was the original drummer for the New Zealand band Blindspott whose 2002 debut album reached No 1 amd went platinum in New Zealand in its first week.[2] Blindspott broke up in 2007, although Woolright retained an interest in the band. On 15 May 2010, it was announced on Facebook that Blindspott had reunited and were writing new material. As Woolright was not involved this eventually ended with him taking legal action. On 5 March 2011, the former Blindspott lead singer Damian Alexander announced it would be releasing its new single From The Blind Spot under the name Blacklistt for legal reasons.[3] Entertainment lawyer Mick Sinclair was handling the case for Blindspott.[4]

I Am Giant

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Woolright performing with I Am Giant

In 2008, Woolright became the drummer of the UK–based rock band I Am Giant. They released the City Limits / Neon Sunrise EP in 2010 and the I Am Giant EP in 2012. They also released the studio albums The Horrifying Truth on 1 August 2011 and Science & Survival on 4 July 2014. Their singles include "City Limits" (2010), "Neon Sunrise" (2010), "Living The Crash" (2010), "And We'll Defy" (2011), "Let It Go" (2011), "Purple Heart" (2012), "Death of You" (2014), "Minefield" (2014), "Razor Wire Reality" (2014) and "Kiss from a Ghost" (2015).

Photography

On 14 March Shelton put on exhibition of his photography L’Art reflète la vie at the Viaduct in Auckland. The Auckland exhibition was to raise funds for Cure Kids, a child cancer sponser.[5][6] He had first put his photography on display in Paris at The Hub, 5 rue Montorgueil on 12 February 2015.[1]

The X Factor

In March 2015, it was announced that Woolright would replace the sacked Willy Moon on the second New Zealand series of The X Factor, along with Natalie Bassingthwaighte replacing Moon's wife, Natalia Kills, who was also sacked from the show.[7] Woolright mentored Brendon Thomas and the Vibes to the final where they finished in third place.

Discography

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.tv3.co.nz/10-Things-You-Didnt-Know-About-Shelton-Woolright/tabid/3918/articleID/111282/Default.aspx 10 things you didn't know about Shelton Woolright], TV3, retrieved 17 June 2015
  2. Shelton Woolright. retrieved 17 June 2015
  3. Leigh van der Stoep (6 March 2011). "Blindspott members take fight over band's name to court". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10710415. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. Hurley, Bevan (3 April 2011). "Blindspott name stoush is a pie fight". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/music/news/article.cfm?c_id=264&objectid=10716773. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. L’ART REFLÈTE LA VIE - by Shelton Woolright retrieved 17 June 2015
  6. Curekids organisation, retrieved 17 June 2015
  7. Mixed reaction to new X Factor judges, Published: 5:06AM Friday March 20, 2015 Source: ONE News, retrieved 17 June 2015

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