Tag: singer songwriter

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #7 Anika Moa

It’s New Zealand music month and 23 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands/Artists. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Artist number #7 is: Anika Moa

What can I say about Anika, Great song writing skills, great voice and just as important a great social conscience.

Her first album, “Thinking Room” was released in 2002 and man what a fully developed that was for a first off effort. I think in New Zealand we are so lucky to have great musicians that create just great albums during their careers, from the get go.

I urge you to have a listen to the albums and experience the magic that she creates, part song writer, part singer, part sorceress.

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/193592-Anika-Moa

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #5- Greg Johnson

It’s New Zealand music month and 22 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Band number #5 is: Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson has always been a big favourite of mine, ever since I heard Isabelle in the early 90’s.

He has released quite a few albums now, all of the, high quality, full of great song writing.

He now self releases his albums, based in California. His website is below, so if you like his music please help him make more.

My favourite album would have to be “Chinese Whispers”, there is not a song I do not like. This is a MUST listen.

Anyway the best way to experience, is to listen.

His Website:

http://www.gregjohnsonmusic.com/

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/256531-Greg-Johnson

Rudderless

Rudderless
http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt1798243/

A moving tale of loss and grief. An glad start to the movie but as the movie goes on, you are drawn into the fathers journey of discovery.

An emotional movie, and had my eyes in tears by the end. You invest a part of your self in his journey.

Directed and shared written by the excellent William H Macy. He also had a small but important part in the film.

It is an amazing and emotional film, tied together with great songs.

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #6

It’s New Zealand music month and 18 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Band number #5 is: Bic Runga

Bic Runga was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and one of the highest-selling New Zealand artists in recent history. She has also found success internationally in Australia, Ireland, and, to some extent, in the UK.

In 1995, she sent a new demo of “Drive” to Sony Music, who signed Runga in September of that year and bought her Wellington recordings from Pagan Records. Sony had her re-record the song with more instruments, but it was eventually her demo that was used on the upcoming album. It entered the Top 10 in New Zealand and won her the Silver Scroll Songwriting Award in 1996.

Runga then released “Bursting Through”, the first single from her upcoming album, also entitled Drive. The success of the singles led to the release of her debut album, Drive, in 1997. Runga’s song “Sway”, along with a duet with Dan Wilson of Semisonic called “Good Morning Baby”, were used in the films American Pie, and Cruel Intentions. Six singles were released from the album, while “Sway” was released in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany

She continues to release great song driven albums, her latest being A greatest hits album, Anthology in 2012.