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|Birth name||Boh Runga|
|Origin||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Associated acts||Stellar, Bic Runga|
Boh Runga 1969/1970 (age 43–44) is a New Zealand recording artist and was the lead singer and guitarist in New Zealand rock band Stellar. Boh is the older sister of Bic Runga and Pearl Runga who are also musicians.
Boh grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is the daughter of Joseph Runga, a Maori ex-serviceman and Sophia Tang, a Chinese singer who abandoned her own music career in Malaysia to join Joseph in his home country. Joseph was a self-taught pianist and died in 2005 from a heart attack.
Boh left Christchurch for Auckland to form Stellar in the late 1990s. After signing with Sony Music, Stellar released their 1999 debut album Mix and quickly became Sony's biggest selling New Zealand band as the album went multi-platinum. Stellar also secured eight Tui Awards for Mix and its 2001 follow up Magic Line.
After the release of ‘Magic Line’ and the subsequent touring of New Zealand, Australia and Europe, Boh headed to Los Angeles in 2003 to hone her skills as a songwriter at the invitation of her LA-based music publishers, Chrysalis. She now lives in Los Angeles. Since 2003, she has been married to Campbell Smith, who is the manager for her sister Bic and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
In 2007, a fortuitous introduction to the gold bullion company NZ Mint led Boh into designing and launching her first jewellery range called ‘Birdland’, based on her love of New Zealand’s native birds. Due to the success of both ‘Birdland’ and her second collection, ‘The Messenger Stories’, Runga now plans to release the jewellery in Australia and North America.
In December 2012, Runga starred in an online video campaign supporting gay marriage, alongside other New Zealand singers Anika Moa and Hollie Smith, as well as Olympian Danyon Loader and former Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard.
Runga’s first solo album, Right Here was released on July 14, 2009. Strongly reflective of her time spent in Silver Lake, LA, the album tells tales of love, loss and life. Recorded over six months in the Hollywood studio of producer Marshall Altman, Right Here has already been warmly received on its recent New Zealand release. The NZ Herald gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, noting “its unashamed blockbuster urges and tunepower make it all the more irresistible” and Real Groove called it “an assured collection of streamlined tunes that’s guaranteed to surf the airwaves. Collaborators on the album include Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Greg Laswell and writing collaborations with Wendy Melvoin (Prince and the Revolution), Shelly Peiken and Rod Stewart's songwriter Kevin Savigar.
- Right Here (2009)
- "Tears" w/ Carly Binding (2007)
- "Starfish Sleeping" (2008)
- "Evelyn" (2009)
- "Be Careful" (2009)
- "Come Together" feat. Che Fu (2009)
- "Names In The Sand" (2009)
- "Would You Give Your Heart" (2010)
- "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)" Flight of the Conchords charity single
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- Cathrin Schaer (21 November 2007). "Boh's birds". NZ Herald. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "Marriage equality 'about love'". 3 News NZ. December 6, 2012.