Kiwi singer in Usher's Megastar competition makes it through to top five

There's good news for Kiwi singer Chris Black who was featured on TVNZ1's Seven Sharp two nights ago battling it out in the Megastar talent competition organised by Usher.

He's made it through to the top five and is off to Los Angeles where if he can finish number one in this round of voting he'll win one million US dollars.

He needs all the Kiwi support he can get, so even if you voted for him yesterday get back on the Megastar app and vote for him again, to try and help him realise his dream.

Chris Black is off to Los Angeles for a shot at glory. Source: Seven Sharp



'We believe in what you're doing' - Koi Boys bash out intimate acoustic jam for youth suicide prevention staff

Kiwi singing trio the Koi Boys have been personally touched by the tragedy of suicide, and today they took time out to sing a song for the unheralded workers trying to fight youth depression.

Youthline's Auckland call centre today got a surprise visit from the VMA winning group, who sang a single intimate song and then just hung-out with staff over morning tea and scones.

The visit from the Koi Boys comes just a day before they headline the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park event, which will raise money for the Youthline charity.

Singer Kevin Keepa recently dedicated his Vodafone Music Award to his young niece who committed suicide.

Hearing about Youthline's service he insisted the group offer a personal thank you the staff's behind the scenes of the charity and spread the word about youth suicide prevention. 

"I lost a son to suicide, and a niece to suicide, my brother's daughter, so I know what you're on about, and I'm proud to be here," Mr Keepa said.

"We're not just some flyby-ers who are just going to walk in here and sit down sing you a song, no.

"We believe in what you're doing and I'm really proud to be here and to see the people who no one ever sees, people who help our youth.

"It's very important to me, I lost a bloody son to it."

The Koi Boys are the headline act at Auckland's Christmas in the Park tomorrow night at Auckland Domain, with all money raised at the event going to Youthline to provide support to over 50,000 young people each year.

The VMA award winning trio sat down for a surprise performance at Youthline Auckland’s call centre today. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: 'You have got to talk to someone' - Koi Boys' Kevin Keepa emotionally reflects on son's suicide

The Koi Boys' Kevin Keepa has opened up about the despair and helplessness he feels about his son's suicide.

The VMA award winning trio sat down for a surprise performance at Youthline Auckland’s call centre today. Source: 1 NEWS

The Kiwi trio surprised suicide prevention group Youthline this morning with an impromptu performance to say thank you for the work they do. 

Mr Keepa has previously spoken out about suicide and dedicated the Koi Boys' Vodafone Music Award to his young niece who tragically took her own life.

But speaking to 1 NEWS at today's event, Mr Keepa was heartbreakingly honest about his own son's death from suicide many years ago.

"Yes I lost my own son to that, to suicide," Mr Keepa said.

"It's a tough one because you don't know what's on their mind but it happened some time ago now but you never forget.

"He was living with his mum at the time. His mum and I hadn't been together for quite some time. As a parent, as an adult you think what could I have done?

"His mum probably thinks the same thing, what could I have done. The worst thing we could do was to blame ourselves for it because you don’t know what’s going through their mind.

"Again you have got to put out that message, you have got to talk to someone. That's all."

The Koi Boys are the headline act at Auckland's Christmas in the Park tomorrow night and all money raised at the event goes to Youthline to provide support to over 50,000 young people each year. 

Where can I get support and help?
Below is a list of some of the services available which offer support, information and help.
Lifeline 24/7 – 0800 543 354
Kidsline (aimed at children up to 18 years of age, available 24/7) – 0800 54 37 54
Depression Helpline 24/7 - 0800 111 757
Healthline - 0800 611 116
Samaritans - 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
What's Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) - 0800 942 8787
www.depression.org.nz - includes The Journal online help service
www.thelowdown.co.nz - visit the website, email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626 (emails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).
 

The Koi Boys surprised suicide prevention group Youthline with an impromptu performance today to say thank you for all the incredible work they do. Source: 1 NEWS