Bic's Belle rings out in church

BIC RUNGA: The successful Kiwi artist pictured during her church tour in 2004.
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BIC RUNGA: The successful Kiwi artist pictured during her church tour in 2004.

Songbird Bic Runga is heading to church later this year to showcase her new album, Belle.

Runga will headline the 2011 Classic Hits Acoustic Church Tour this November and December, performing in 17 of the most iconic churches around the country.

The tour includes a performance in Pukekohe and two shows at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Runga, who played the first Acoustic Church Tour in 2004, says this tour is the start of a new journey.

"This will be my first major tour on my own for several years and I'm really happy to be performing again. I'm excited by the ambience of churches and looking forward to returning to a number that I played at in 2004."

As well as tracks from her new album, set to be released just days before the tour kicks off, fans will be able to hear hits from all four of her studio albums.

Runga will perform songs both solo and with her band - featuring Mint Chicks' Kody Nielsen and Michael Logie. 

Since her first single, Drive, in 1996 - a top ten hit when she was just 20 years old - Runga has been awarded almost every musical honour in the country, including the APRA Silver Scroll Songwriting Award, New Zealand Music Awards and multi-platinum discs.

In January 2006, Runga was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Zealand New Year's Honours List.

Tickets are on sale from October 3 from Ticketek. 

Belle will be released on November 14.

2011 Classic Hits Acoustic Church Tour

November 17 - Whangarei Central Baptist Church

November 18 - Tauranga Holy Trinity

November 19 - Hamilton Chapel of Christ The King

November 21 -  Pukekohe Franklin Baptist Church

November 22 & 23 - Auckland Holy Trinity Cathedral

November 25 - Napier St John's Cathedral

November 26 - Palmerston North All Saints Church

November 28 - Masterton St Matthew's Anglican Church

November 29 & 30 - Wellington Cathedral

December 2 & 3 - Christchurch St Michael & All Angels

December 5 - Timaru St Mary's Church

December 6 & 7 - Dunedin Knox Church

December 8 - Invercargill First Presbyterian Church

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