Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Bic Runga
Singer songwriter Bic Runga is a huge star in her native New Zealand but she hasn't been able to break into the US market. It looks like she's about to take another crack at it. She was born Jan. 13, 1976 in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you're wondering about her exotic oriental looks, her mom was a Malaysian lounge singer. Her dad was a Maori soldier and met mom while on leave. Bic was singing in local Christchurch jazz clubs as a teen. Both her sisters are singers as well. Bic moved to Wellington and a demo made its way to Sony Music and she signed in 1995. Drive was her 1997 debut CD. It went seven times platinum in New Zealand. Sway reached #7 on the New Zealand singles chart and also charted in Australia & Ireland. Columbia released Drive in the US in 1998 and Sway appeared in the 1999 film American Pie. Bic also appeared on the Lilith Fair tour. But she was unable to break through in the US. She writes and produces all her own songs and also plays guitar, drums & xylophone. She toured and recorded with Tim Finn in 2000. Her subsequent CDs have been huge in New Zealand but her 2005 CD Birds wasn't even released in the US. But it looks like Sony & Bic Runga are planning to take another run at the US market. After some time off to give birth to her son in July 2007, Bic is working on a new CD and played a couple of dates in Los Angeles recently. She has talent and this blog is all about exotic oriental women anyway so I like her. Here's the video for Sway by Bic Runga.