Steph Casey is a singer-songwriter who lives 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 NZIM Album Charts.
In June 2019 she released the single At a Bar Downtown which the Official NZ Music Chart has included in their “Ones to Watch” post, which flags NZ tracks that are currently big on radio, download & streaming platforms.
The single was followed by her second studio album The Seats in My Car (released 26 July, 2019). The album was recorded at The Surgery, Wellington, by multi-award-winning engineer Lee Prebble (Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, The Phoenix Foundation). Casey is backed by a stellar cast of New Zealand musicians including Caroline Easther (The Chills, The Verlaines, Beat Rhythm Fashion) on drums, Alan Galloway (Let’s Planet, Galloway) on electric guitars, Murray Costello (The Mockers, The Wooden Box Band)) on bass, and Alan Norman (The Warritahs, Rag Poets) on accordion and Hammond organ. The album has already received a favourable review from respected NZ music writer Graham Reid and a five-star review from music.net.nz.
Casey & band will be taking the new album on a New Zealand tour from July to December 2019, and she will be heading to the United States to perform in September.
The radio and online
Upcoming live radio performances:
- “Friday Live” session on RNZ with Jesse Mulligan – Friday 9 August, 2.30 pm
- The Hits Wellington – live performance and interview with Hayley Bath – Friday 9th August.
- “The 13th Floor” with Marty Duda (online TV interview and live music show), on 18 July.
- Radio Active Live with Aimee Somerville – August 16, 3.30pm
The new single At a Bar Downtown has been added to the official playlist of RDU (student radio, Christchurch) and songs from Whisper & Holler have featured on the International Americana Music Show, broadcast on 22 US radio stations, as well as worldwide. Steph 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 her songs feature on the Kapiti Coast District Council’s promotional video for the Kapiti region. Casey has a solid international following on popular streaming platform SoundCloud.com, with over 350,000 plays.
Achievements and influences
Whisper & Holler received glowing international reviews and Casey won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Wellington Folk festival. On the strength of her debut, she was invited to the USA to record her second album with producer Jason Rubal (Robert Smith [The Cure], Amanda Palmer). Among her musical influences are Over the Rhine, Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, The Civil Wars, Anika Moa, and Glen Hansard.
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 music venues, she has performed at the Mid-Winter Holler Americana festival, and at benefit concerts raising funds for cancer research and victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
2010 was marked by a self-titled EP of original songs recorded at The Surgery. 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 ukulele. 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 – whose production credits include The Woolshed Sessions, Fly My Pretties and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. The album is Distributed by Rhythmethod and DRM NZ.