Since the release of her first single Drive in 1996 – a top ten hit when she was just 20 – Bic has been awarded almost every musical honour in New Zealand, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Song writing Award (equivalent to the Ivor Novello) Tui awards for best songwriter, best singer and best producer.
Bic has won the most Tuis (New Zealand Music Awards) by any individual, ever (20). She has won Best Female Vocalist 4 times and Best Producer 3 times.
Bic’s debut album Drive was certified 7X Platinum and featured the enormous hits Sway and Suddenly Strange. The follow up in ‘Beautiful Collision’ in 2002 was certified an incredible 11X Platinum and featured the hits Get Some Sleep, Something Good and Listening For The Weather.
Beautiful Collision was followed by an album recorded live with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This album included beautiful orchestral versions of all her hits and a recording of the classic Jacque Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas, which was an early indicator of Bic’s next move to relocate to Paris.
Paris life resulted in the more cinematic Birds album in 2005 which also won ‘Album Of The Year’ featured the hit ‘Winning Arrow’ and was certified 3X Platinum.
In 2011 Bic released the critically acclaimed album ‘Belle’ which was certified Gold.
Her songs have featured in hit film soundtracks (American Pie), her records have been released around the world, and she has won followings in Europe, Asia and North America.
In January 2006, The Queen made Runga a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Zealand New Year’s Honors List.
This year she is the recipient of the Legacy award at the New Zealand music awards and will be releasing her first new album in 5 years.
Speaker at SDW Event: Inaugural SDW Voices