SOUNDCHECK: Ria Hall
Fierce and eclectic, Ria Hall (@RiaHallNZ) is a soulful powerhouse singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Her music draws influence from Hip Hop,Reggae, R&B and Pop fusing with the soul and traditional sounds of her Maori heritage. Her self-titled debut EP, released in 2011, earned two prestigious awards: Best Album at the 2012 Vodafone NZ Music Awards and Best Video at the 2012 Waiata MÄori Music Awards, not bad for a first release! In addition to being a singer, songwriter and performer, Ria Hall is also an avid fashionista as well as a host for Maori TV‘s AIA Marae DIY, an awesome, heartwarming DIY show focusing on community centers akin to what you’d find on HGTV.Â Ria Hall’s passion for music is contagious, as is her enthusiasm and predictions for future Maori/New Zealand artists on a global scale. On the topic she’s famously been quoted as saying that “there is so much richness that New Zealand music can take to the world. We havenâ€™t realised our own potential – and thatâ€™s exciting.” After coming across her music, I’d have to agree, Ria; it certainly is!
WHO: Ria Hall
WHAT:Â Singer | Songwriter | Television Personality
GENRE: Roots Reggae | Hip Hop | Neo Soul | R&B
REPRESENTING: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
LATEST RELEASE: Ria Hall (EP)
BEST OF ME [LIVE @ 2012 MAORI AWARDS]