New Zealand Artist: Bic Runga
Born in 1976, Briolette Kah Bic Runga is the third daughter of Maori soldier Joseph Runga and Chinese cabaret singer, Sophia, who met and fell in love in Malaysia during the Vietnam war.
Growing up in the 'underwhelming' Christchurch suburb of Hornby, the Runga family listened to The Carpenters, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, The Mamas & The Papas and The Beatles sung in Chinese. At age 4 Bic heard her mother play 'Diamonds Are Forever' and found the experience frightening. "I remember I didn't really know why music would make you feel like that."
Bic Runga first debuted in the Radioscope NZ Music Airplay Top 10 on 19 May 2002 with the song Get Some Sleep. There are 11 entries by Bic Runga in the charts with four reaching Number One.
Chart placings by Bic Runga: