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Bic Runga

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nl:Bic Runga Bic Runga (Briolette Kah Bic Runga / pronounced Beck) is a New Zealand singer and writer. She became famous with the release of her first solo album Drive.

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Bic Runga in the music video for Drive

She was born in Christchurch on 13 January, 1976. Her mother, Sophia Tang, was a Chinese Malaysian lounge singer in Malaysia when she met Joseph Runga, a Maori soldier on leave from Vietnam. They both then moved to New Zealand to live.

She grew up in a musical family, and started recording songs with her sisters, Boh and Pearl, when she was only four years old. This musical influence eventually led to the release of her album Drive in 1998, the album. Bic's biggest hit song Sway, along with a duet with Dan Wilson called Good Morning Baby, both made their way into the movie American Pie. She proved herself to be a talented singer and songwriter. She moved to New York for a while, but then decided to move back to New Zealand, and now lives in Auckland. In 2000 she toured with Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn and a live album of the tour (Together in Concert) was released.

She released her second solo album Beautiful Collision in 2002, and this became the best selling album ever in New Zealand.

Bic's older sister Boh is vocalist in the New Zealand rock group Stellar*.

Look for Bic who plays a "Vietnamese Lounge Singer" in the upcoming movie Little Fish, starring Cate Blanchett.

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