Steph Casey is a singer-songwriter based on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand. Her sound is a mix of indie-folk and alt country, and her debut album Whisper & Holler went straight to number four in the New Zealand Independent Music Album Charts and number eight in the New Zealand Album Charts upon release.
Three of the songs were semi-finalists in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and the remaining nine received Commended Entry. The judges are Grammy, BRIT and CMA Award winning producers and artists, and over 7000 entries are submitted each year.
Whisper & Holler received glowing international reviews and Casey won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Wellington Folk festival. Among her musical influences are Over the Rhine, Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, The Civil Wars, Anika Moa, and Glen Hansard. Steph has been invited to the USA to record her second album with producer Jason Rubal (Robert Smith [The Cure], Amanda Palmer).
Steph Casey performs mainly in the Kapiti and Wellington regions. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Wellington Folk Festival and many Wellington music showcases. As well as cafés, house concerts and and music venues, she has performed at the Mid-Winter Holler Americana festival, and at a number of benefit concerts, raising funds for cancer research and victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
2010 was marked by an EP of original songs, entitled Steph Casey, recorded at legendary Wellington studio The Surgery, with multi award winning engineer Lee Prebble, who has produced and engineered platinum selling records for Trinity Roots and The Black Seeds as well as albums by other celebrated New Zealand bands including The Phoenix Foundation.
In 2013 she recorded full length album Whisper & Holler, again with Lee Prebble at The Surgery, featuring Tom Callwood on bass (Phoenix Foundation, Little Bushman), Craig Terris on drums (Bachelorette, Lawrence Arabia) and Stewart Pedley on mandolin, lap steel, banjo and a bevy of other stringed instruments. Specific tracks also feature Janet Holborow (Cello – Bic Runga, Jess Chambers), Sharon Callaghan (viola – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), and Ryan Prebble and James Coyle (percussion & keys – The Nudge).
Whisper & Holler was produced by Steph Casey in association with production consultant Age Pryor – musician, songwriter and producer whose production credits include The Woolshed Sessions, Fly My Pretties and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
Whisper & Holler is Distributed by Rhythmethod and DRM NZ.
Steph will be going back into the studio with a full band to record her second studio album in February 2019.
Radio and promo
Songs from Whisper & Holler have featured on the International Americana Music Show, broadcast on 22 US radio stations, as well as worldwide, including RNZ National, New Zealand. Steph Casey’s songs regularly feature on Rockers Dive Radio, and she has given interviews and live performances on Radio Active 89FM, Hutt Radio 106.1FM, and the Te Pae show, Paekakariki Radio 88.2FM. Two of Steph’s songs featured on the Kapiti Coast District Council’s promotional video for the the Kapiti region.
Steph Casey has a solid international following on popular streaming platform SoundCloud.com, with over 350,000 plays and 7,000 followers.