International-Award winning ,Knysna, and South-African, Singer-Songwriter / Multi-Instramentalist... Pierre Opperman, has recently won, the "Best New Artist Award" on Pirate Radio of The Treasure Coast,Florida,USA's 2011 Rock Star Contest,and Music Treasure Hunt,..with one of his his songs entered, "Runaway" having received 4.5 million votes from 75 countries,and 40 networks,making it one of the most-voted for songs in the contest!
Howard Butcher (Peace of Eden Recording Studio,Knysna) said the following:
Pierre Opperman is one of the most passionate and determined individuals to ever have a go at the South African music scene. No love or money could deter this man from immersing himself into the depths of the independent music networks, which has paid off in many respects. Having a top-ranked song on various music-sites the past 6yrs, Pierre has proved his popularity over and over again to fans in his target market. With a catchy dance track ‘Desert Light’ that breaks away from his other more folky numbers, Pierre has shown a flair for skillful contemporary songwriting that is bound to take him far.
Whilst focusing mainly on Acoustic-Folk,and Folk-Pop,Pierre has experimented with Electronica,by composing/recording "Desert Light"in 2008,and in Nov 2010 returned to Peace of Eden Recording Studio,Knysna,South Africa,to record his first "Acoustic-Blues" track,Slow Train.
Pierre’s song-writing skills were born during a difficult year, in 2000, on the South Coast of Natal, and continued during the latter years where he has been living in Knysna for fourteen years.
Now, with a complete album "Diary" ready, his music has been heard on many European and USA online-radio, and campus radio-stations, including three music-videos on Youtube.
A self-titled EP consisting of 6 new songs, was recorded at Peace of Eden Recording Studio, Knysna.during 2008
Moneyless; If you Believe; Changes; Motion; Runaway; Desert Light.
In October 2010, Pierre returned to Peace of Eden Studio, to record 3 new songs,
Quiet Place; Slow Train; and “Don’t Say It”
A complete album called “Diary”, which is a compilation of 10 songs, now reflects Pierre’s life-experiences and journey during the past 11yrs.
In Oct 2011 he composed and recorded a new experimental track "Come Alive" ,featuring the talented Wayne Greenstone on lead-guitar,and who also produced the track.
His voice has been compared to that of the talented Richard Marx on this song.
A second ,experimental "African/Pop" song, "Old Man Willow" co-written/co-produced and performed by Pierre and Wayne.....has just been added/completed.
In 2013 Pierre added another track "Unity" to his catalogue,which was written/composed by him especially for his niece,Juanita's wedding.
2014 saw the inclusion of yet another Blues-track, called "Twisted Blues" ,which will form part of a new EP released in latter part of 2014.
Pierre has also tried his hand at acting,and after appearing twice as an extra on local South African soapie,Egoli,he was offered a guest-role as Insp Swart in 2000.
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