With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of soul, country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as "A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio)
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
Auckland-born, Dunedin-raised, Nadia Reid, has attained global success off the back of her first two albums: Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs (2015); Preservation (2017). 2017 saw Nadia perform over 100 shows, touring through Australasia, Europe, and the United States with high profile appearances at coveted arts and music festivals like Green Man and End Of The Road Festival. Success was measured through sell-out shows in key markets like London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, and media appearances on the likes of BBC’s Later... with Jools Holland, Spotify streams reaching 17.38 million plays, #2 in Mojo Magazine for Album of the Year, and in New Zealand, as a finalist for both the Silver Scrolls Awards (2017) and the Taite Prize (2016 & 2018). This year, Nadia is working on her third record due for release April 2019.
Having first come to the fore as the sassy and beguiling front woman for Fur Patrol at the turn of the century, the past decade has seen Julia Deans transition from iconic rock chick to glorious songbird.
Deans’ first solo album Modern Fables was released to critical acclaim in 2010, earning her a swag of nominations for several coveted musical accolades including the Taite Music Prize, the APRA Silver Scroll (for "A New Dialogue") and Best Female Solo Artist and Best Pop Album at the NZ Music Awards.
Deans’ new collection of songs We Light Fire sees her return to the song writing fore enriched with experience and full of purpose. The album was nominated for Best Album and Best Solo Artist at the 2018 NZ Music Awards.
With the release of her debut self-titled EP, Ria Hall became a blazing new female force on the NZ music scene. Winning awards and critical acclaim, her sound fused furious hip hop beats and richly layered vocals in English and Te Reo Māori, creating an epic soundscape that embraced and challenged multiple genres.
October 2017 saw the release of Ria's long-awaited debut album, where she combined English and Te Reo Māori to create a piece of work that will challenge genres, but showcase an incredible artist.
Ria won the APRA Maioha Award at the 2018 Silver Scrolls for her song ‘Te Ahi Kai Pō (along with co-writers Tiki Taane and Te Ori Paki)
Sandy Mill’s 2018 debut solo EP ‘A Piece of Me’ reached NZ Top 20 charts with its blend of alt-rock, soul & blues. She was also a finalist in the 2018 Waiata Maori Music Awards for 'Best Female Solo Artist'.
An internationally recognised vocalist, collaborator & songwriter, born in Gisborne of Ngati Porou descent, Sandy Mill has worked with The Bellbirds, The Basement Jaxx, Neil Finn, Pitch Black, Placebo, Flood, Boy George & many more.