Bic Runga at the Orpheum Theater, May 30, 2008
Briolette Kah Bic Runga MNZM (born 13 January 1976) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter whose first solo album, Drive, debuted at number one in the New Zealand charts, and has since become one of the highest-selling New Zealand artists of all time. Runga has also found success internationally in Australia, the Republic of Ireland and to some extent in the UK.
Regarding the pronunciation of “Bic”: “’You say it Bec, rather than Bic,’ explains New Zealand singer-songwriter Bic Runga. ’It’s Chinese, it’s a strange vowel sound which doesn’t seem to translate in Australia. It means the colour of jade, which I suppose is just green.’”
Both Elton John and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page can be counted amongst her fans.
In 2006, Runga was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the annual New Zealand Honours List.