Bic Runga

Formerly Christchurch and now Paris based vocalist with a delicate folky pop-rock sound. Possibly New Zealand’s most popular vocalist (outside of opera-teen Hayley Westernra), Runga started out playing acoustic ballads as Love Soup with now Heavy Jones Trio vocalist/guitarist Kelly Hogan, and quickly garnished attention thanks to the Smoke-Free Rock-Quest, and a string of popular and minimal videos on the fledgling Cry TV regional music channel (now defunct).

Runga has since gone from strength to strength, signing with Columbia Records, touring the world and scoring some high-profile soundtrack slots in the United States, and breaking the 100,000 record sales barrier for second album Beautiful Collision. Though I prefer Runga’s initial, low-key and under-produced singles, she has retained an aura and understated grace through-out her career.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Drive Ep [1995 Epic 483666.2]

  • Drive [1997 Columbia 488580.2]

  • Drive [1997 Columbia 488580.2]

  • Together In Concert: Live Album [2000 W/ Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn Epic 5011402000]

  • Beautiful Collision [2002 Columbia 5084032000]

  • Live In Concert With The Christchurch Symphony [2003 Columbia 5148132000]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1995


  • Most Promising Female Vocalist Of The Year: Bic Runga


Apra Silver Scroll 1996

  • Song Writing Award: ‘Drive’


Rianz Awards 1996

  • Top Female Vocalist Of The Year: Bic Runga


Rianz Awards 1997

  • Single Of The Year: Sway

  • Album Of The Year: Drive

  • Top Female Vocalist Of The Year: Bic Runga

  • Songwriter Of The Year: Bic Rungarn

  • Sound Engineer Of The Year: Simon Sheridan


Rianz Awards 1998

  • International Achievement: Bic Runga


Rianz Awards 1999

  • International Achievement: Bic Runga

See-Also

Stellar*

Fucking horrible pop/formula-rock outfit based around Boh Runga (sister of the gracious and supremely talented Bic). Flanked By Kurt Shanks, Chris Van De Geer and Andrew Mclaren.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Mix [1999 Epic 4948842]
  • Magic Line [2001 Sony Music Nz 5049742000]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1998


  • Most Promising Group Of The Year: Stellar*
  • Most Promising Female Vocalist Of The Year: Boh Runga

Tui Awards 1999

Strawpeople

Mark Tierney and Paul Casserley’s production outfit, the Strawpeople have been a vehicle for many talented kiwi female focalist – with Fiona McDonald, Bic Runga and Stephanie Tauevihi gracing a number of their hit singles. Unfortunately at times their late 90s albums sound a little too close to their contemporaries in massive attack (an obvious comparison), which is not helped by their almost session musician approach to recording songs.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Hemisphere [1990 Pagan Pal1067]
  • Have A Little Faith Ep [1992 Pagan Pal1089]
  • Worldservice [1993 Pagan Pac1086]
  • Under The Milky Way Ep [1994 Epic]
  • Crying Ep [1994 Epic 660954.2]
  • Broadcast [1994 Epic 477675.2]
  • Vicarious [1996 Epic 485270.2]
  • 100 Street Transistors [1997 Columbia]
  • No New Messages [2000 Epic 495498.2]
  • The Best Of 1990 > 2000 [Compilation 2000 Epic 5011412000]
  • Count Backwards From 10 [2004 Crs 5173692000]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1990


  • Most Promising Group Of The Year :The Strawpeople
  • Sound Engineer Of The Year: The Strawpeople

Rianz Awards 1993


  • Producer Of The Year: The Strawpeople

Apra Silver Scroll 1995


  • Song Writing Award: Straw People – ‘Sweet Disorder’

Rianz Awards 1995


  • Songwriter Of The Year: Mark Tieey / Paul Casserly / Anthony Iosa [Straw People]

Rianz Awards 1996


  • Album Of The Year: Straw People – Vicarious

See-Also

Che Fu

Biography

Started his life in funk-rock clowns Supergroove, making his voice on a number of great eclectic pop-singles before splitting for his own rap / r’n’b career.

His first solo outing (as DLT’s MC on the meteoric ‘Chains’ single) was a real awakening – it was pretty evident immediately that Che has one of the strongest voices in New Zealand r’n’b, and his subsequent albums have proven the point both creatively and commercially.

Members

  • Che Ness (Vocals, 1998 -)

Discography

  • Chains Single (DLT w/ Che Fu, 1996, BMG New Zealand)
  • 2b S.Pacific ‎(1996, BMG, 74321 629922)
  • The Son Single (Dam Native w/ Che Fu 1997, Tangata, TANGD527)
  • Without A Doubt (Dam Native w/ Che Fu 1998, BMG New Zealand, 74321 619982)
  • Scene III Single (1998, BMG New Zealand)
  • Waka Single (1999, BMG New Zealand)
  • Fade Away Single (2001, Epic)
  • Navigator 3 (2001, Epic)
  • Random Single (2001, Epic)
  • Misty Frequencies Single (2002, Epic)
  • Beneath The Radar ‎(2005, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Epic 82876729632)
  • Hi-Score: The Best of Che-Fu ‎(2006, Epic 1526872)

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