Shona Laing (born 9 October 1955) is a New Zealand singer/songwriter. She has had several hits in her native country, as well as a few minor international hits, most notably “(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy” and “Soviet Snow”.
Laing first came to prominence in 1972 as a 17-year-old schoolgirl, winning the television talent show “New Faces” with her song 1905. Signed to a recording contract with Phonogram, her first two singles, 1905 and Show Your Love both certified gold and both peaked at number 4 on the New Zealand charts. In 1973 she won two RATA’s (Recording Arts Talent Awards): Best New Artist and Recording Artist Of The Year. In 1975 she travelled to Britain and was based there for the next seven years, where in 1982, she was a vocalist for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band alongside fellow New Zealander, Chris Thompson.
“(Glad I’m) Not A Kennedy” was released in New Zealand in 1986 where it went to #2 on the National Charts, the track was then remixed by Martin Rushent (Human League, Altered Images) in 1987 for the 12″ single which was released internationally.
(Glad I’m) Not A Kennedy (Extended Remix) 5:14