A total of 564 people died by suicide in New Zealand during 2014/15, the highest annual rate since the coroner's office began releasing statistics.

Raising awareness of how the community can make a difference in the lives of those at risk is the focus of a fundraising concert featuring Stevie Tonks in Hamilton on March 5.

The Vine church is coordinating the fundraising event, with all ticket proceeds donated to Lifeline NZ.

Information from a range of community groups working in the area of suicide awareness, prevention and support will be available on the night.

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The Vine senior pastor Ross Woodhouse says having Stevie Tonks partner with them to do a concert to promote suicide awareness is exciting.

"This event is about supporting all the outstanding work being done by a number of local community groups and organisations who make a difference in the lives of people at risk and their families," he said.

"Suicide is a critical issue that affects so many people.

"The Vine is asking the community to join us in lending a hand of support while enjoying a night of great music."

Stevie Tonks has become a household name since journeying to fourth place in X Factor NZ's 2015 season.

It was his spine-chilling rendition of Gnarls Barkley's hit Crazy on the show that was especially memorable.

"Stevie is a true showman with a rare charisma that sees him embody every song he performs, infusing the stage with full-forced soul.

"Music is storytelling," enthuses Tonks.

"You want to be moved by music; a song is an intoxicating mixture of emotion and magic. I want to bring back the soul to the stage, to remind people that music can move them to another place. I think that's a realisation that's easily lost in the world of pop music."

Since leaving the show, Tonks has relocated to Auckland to work on his debut effort, writing with the likes of X Factor alumni Benny Tipene and testing out new material in a string of captivating acoustic shows playing around the country.

The Stevie Tonks concert takes place on Saturday, March 5 at 7pm Chapel Hill Community Church, 2 Cate Rd in Rototuna.

Purchase tickets at www.iticket.co.nz. Seats are limited to 300.

To find out more about the event, email The Vine church on info@vine.org.nz.