AnikaBoh&Hollie premiere album

21:38, Jan 28 2013
PEACE OF MIND: Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith

Sometime last year three of the county's most accomplished female singers got together over a glass of wine.  

Soon Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith came up with the idea of throwing their talents together and the first result of their collaboration, the single Be Mine, was released in August.

When they first got together they were three solo artists jamming, but since Anika, Boh and Hollie have grown together as a band.  

"Initially when we came together, we had our own backgrounds in music but when we decided to do this project we had to think what our roles were in each song, who would sing what, and how we would perform it live," Runga said.

At times it may not have been easy to take a step back and let the others meddle with your material, but in the end it worked well because they all respected each other and enjoyed working together so much, she said.  

Often they would start out jamming on a song one of them would bring along. "When you're collaborating with people, you have to be willing to strip your song apart - because there are two other people you're working with," she said.


But the singer, who used to front Stellar* before releasing her solo album Right Here in 2009, admits that letting go of the reigns can also be hard.

"Sometimes it is something you may not necessarily do yourself, something you may not necessarily sing yourself but we treated each song as an individual, as its own beast".

In the end working as a band had a lot going for it. "You can ask the other people what they think about something and you can share the responsibilities of everything that comes. It's not just you," she said.

After having played an acoustic tour at church venues in October, this summer the trio promises a completely different vibe at their winery tour concerts.

"With the church tour it was a much stripped back sound of what we do and it was basically just acoustic versions of the songs but with the winery tour we will have a full band with a full drum kit and three people playing guitar, there's a bass player and there's keys. It's much more up-tempo and it will be more raucous," she says.

"Our main goal is to make people dance."

Anika, Boh and Hollie will join Fat Freddy's, The Adults and the country's latest singing sensation, New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Well on the bill of the Classic Hits Winery Tour.

The Classic Hits Winery Tour


February 2
Ascension Wine Estate

February 3
Tutukaka Marine Reserve

February 5
Brunton Road

February 6
Church Road

Havelock North
February 8
Black Barn Vineyards

February 9
Alana Estate

February 10
Tui Brewery

New Plymouth
February 12
Sentry Hill Estate

February 16
The Mud House Winery & Cafe

February 17
Forsyth Barr Stadium

February 19
Waitiri Creek

Upper Moutere
February 22 and 23
Neudorf Vineyards

February 24
Villa Maria Estate

March 1
Wharepai Domain

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