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Bic Runga

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A superstar in her local New Zealand while still in her teenagers, singer/songwriter Bic Runga was created in Christchurch in 1976; the merchandise of the musical family members — her mom was a Malaysian nightclub performer through the 1960s — she started playing the drums at age 11, and within a couple of years was also performing with regional jazz organizations. Upon learning acoustic guitar and keyboards, Runga started composing her 1st tracks, and in 1994 she relocated to Auckland to go after a specialist music profession. In 1995, aged 19, she produced her Sony label debut using the solitary “Travel,” which rocketed in to the TOP on the brand new Zealand pop graphs and garnered her the renowned 1996 Metallic Scroll Honor, an honor provided for quality in songwriting. After touring to get Neil and Tim Finn, Runga released a follow-up solitary, “Bursting Through,” adopted in 1997 by the very best Ten smash “Sway.” Her self-produced debut LP, Drive, made an appearance later on that same calendar year and garnered New Zealand’s best music honours. In the past due ’90s, Runga spent time based in NEW YORK, where she started writing songs on her behalf follow-up record. She continuing to focus on brand-new songs after time for New Zealand, and embarked on a tour of the united states with Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn in August and Sept 2000, leading to the 2001 discharge Jointly in Concert: Live. Runga’s Gorgeous Collision hit shops in 2002; it had been released internationally, and proceeded to go platinum four situations in New Zealand, motivating a re-release using a reward disc the next year; it ultimately would be authorized platinum ten situations. In 2003, Runga founded the Nu Shoo record label before kicking off another tour. She shipped Wild birds, her sequel to Beautiful Collision, in 2005; it debuted at number 1 on the brand new Zealand graphs and was authorized triple platinum. Runga had taken a protracted break after Wild birds, during which period she released the rarities collection Make an effort to Keep in mind Everything in 2008, before coming back in 2011 with Belle. The compilation Anthology found its way to 2012. Following a five-year break, she shipped the covers record Close Your Eye in 2016. Around its discharge, Runga was inducted in to the New Zealand Music Hall of Popularity.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bic Runga
Profession Singer
Education Cashmere High School
Nationality New Zealand
Children Joe Nilson
Parents Sophia Tang, Joseph Runga
Siblings Boh Runga, Sophia Tang, Pearl Runga
Partner Kody Nielson, Kody Nielson
Music Songs Sway, Get Some Sleep, Listening for the Weather, Something Good, Good Morning Baby, Bursting Through, Say After Me, Suddenly Strange, Winning Arrow, Hello Hello, Roll Into One, She Left on a Monday, When I See You Smile, Honest Goodbyes, Blue Blue Heart, If You Really Do, Tiny Little Piece of My Heart, Lonely Lola Cherry Cola Girl, Drive, Close the Door Put Out the Light, Sorry, No Crying No More, The Be All and End All, Everything Is Beautiful and New, Counting the Days, This Girl's Prepared for War, Election Night, A Day Like Today, Precious Things, Dream A Dream, Question to Ask Me, Life Will Get Better Some Day
Albums Drive, Beautiful Collision, Birds, Together in Concert: Live, Anthology, Belle, Live in Concert with the Christchurch Symphony, Close Your Eyes, Live In Concert, Try to Remember Everything, The Very Best of, Original Album Classics
Movies Little Fish


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#Fact
1 Doing UK tour [May 2006]
2 Currently touring New Zealand with singer/songwriters Tim Finn & Dave Dobbyn [February 2002]
3 Performing at the V Festival, 19 Aug (Stafford) & 20 Aug (Chelmsford) on JJB Arena stage [August 2006]
4 She sings in French on her new album 'Birds' (song: 'Ne me quitte pas').
5 Her parents, Joseph and Sophia, met in Malaysia where her father was a soldier in the Vietnam War and her mother was a cabaret singer.
6 She is half-Chinese (from her mother) and half-Maori/New Zealand (from her father)
7 Bic's manager, Campbell Smith, is married to her sister, Boh Runga.
8 Has toured with singer/songwriters Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn.
9 Can speak three languages - English, Maori & Vietamese
10 Her name is pronounced 'Beck'
11 Sister of Boh Runga


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Supernatural 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Reunion 2012 performer: "Sway" / writer: "Sway"
Little Fish 2005 "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" / arranger: "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" / performer: "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" / producer: "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Strip 2002 TV Series writer: "What You Do Bastard" - as B.Runga
Spin the Bottle 1999 performer: "Sway" / writer: "Sway"
American Pie 1999 performer: "Good Morning Baby", "Sway" / writer: "Good Morning Baby", "Sway"
Desert Blue 1998 "Lonely Lola Cherry Cola Girl"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Fish 2005 Night Club Singer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Wedding and Other Secrets 2011

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paul Henry 2016 TV Series Herself - Musician
Music 2010 Documentary Herself
Bro'Town 2007 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show 2004 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2004 TV Series Herself
The Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Herself - Performer / Presenter
Tout le monde en parle 2003 TV Series Herself
4 Play: Kiwi Music 2001 TV Series Herself (as the Straw People)
Dave, Bic & Tim: Together in Concert 2001 TV Movie Herself
Today Live with Susan Wood 2001 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Look Who's Famous Now 1999 TV Movie Herself

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