After studying performing arts in Auckland, Samoan-Kiwi Vince Harder spent three years touring Australasia in band Jireh. He went on to star as Simba in an Australian stage production of The Lion King, came third in the Aussie version of The X-Factor, and featured on P-Money's number one single 'Everything'. In 2016 Harder won three awards at the Pacific Music Awards, including Best Male Artist. Harder and his partner Abby Lee released single 'Closer' in late 2020, reminiscing about the start of their relationship. The following year Harder joined reality show Popstars as one of the judges, alongside Kimbra and Nathan King.