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The style of music here: indie-folk/pop, americana, soul.
I recently completed my debut, 13 track studio album 'Whisper & Holler". The album went straight to number four on the NZ Indie Albums Chart and number eight on the Official NZ Albums Chart upon its release on 28 June, 2013. Three of the songs were semi-finalists in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, and the remaining nine received Commended Entry. The judges are Grammy, Emmy, BRIT and CMA Award winning, gold and platinum album producers and artists, and there are over 7000 entries submitted each year.
I've been out and about performing regularly around Wellington, New Zealand, and in November 2013 was very humbled to receive the People's Choice award at WellyFest, the region's largest acoustic music festival.
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INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS FOR 'WHISPER & HOLLER':
"Steph Casey's luminous debut":
Steph Casey is a Wellington, New Zealand-based singer/songwriter, though one quickly hears that her muses have spent considerable time across the pond in the United States. Among the influences she cites–and which you’ll hear on her debut record–are Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas, and Lucinda Williams. Voice-wise, her dulcet tones resemble those of Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, another inspiration. One of my favorites is “Thievery,” a no-punches-pulled song of longing. Another is “Heavy Warm Heart,” an off-kilter little number heavy on the first beats, in which Casey lets her light voice bounce off and between picked acoustic guitar notes whilst viola and cello add sonorous depth. Add some splashes of soul (the Hammond-enhanced “No Love”) and a carefree beach song about one of my favorite places, “Kapiti,” and it all adds up to later-in-life promise. This is a solid debut.
- ROB WEIR, principal music writer for SingOut! Magazine, USA's oldest folk music publication.
The best moments of singer/songwriter Steph Casey‘s Whisper & Holler fall on the “whisper” side of that equation: when Casey’s songs are stripped down to sparse acoustic guitar and voice, her work shines. “Heavy Warm Heart” and the title track are lent an immediacy by their simplicity, as it feels like Casey had the melodies burning a hole in her pocket and just had to get them out there. The delicate guitar work and engaging vocal tone mesh beautifully, creating magic. These tunes fall right in line with the ethos that characterizes the highlights: take one thing and do it well.
- INDEPENDENT CLAUSES
After listening numerous times to the indie-folk album “Whisper & Holler” I have become somewhat addicted and under the spell of the startling début of Steph Casey, and ask myself under which New Zealand stone has she kept herself hidden until now. Those who are familiar with the music of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Over the Rhine will immediately be comfortable with this vocalist, with her ingenious and emotional songs full of love and pain, as the central focus. Casey's soulful opening number Nice To Almost Know You begins with a lone acoustic guitar which is then complimented by her voice, and gradually builds to a full sound with the whole band, yet retains its grass-roots raw feel. This is in fact the case for the whole album: strong builds - modest and unforced. This is music at the highest level. An album of thirteen original tracks which after a few listens will make you feel at home wherever you may be.
- ALT COUNTRY FORUM
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tunes.
Steph Casey’s tracks