RIA HALL | Ngāi Te Rangi, NgātiRanginui, Tauranga Moana | APRA Member since 2010
Born in Tauranga, Ria’s music has deep roots in the Māori Performing Arts and while it has evolved over time to embrace and unite diverse influences, from Soul to Reggae to Pop, it also embodies her respect for the reo and tikanga of Te AoMāori and her kapahaka foundation. In Wellington, she co-formed and fronted a reggae band called Hope Road and later joined Hollie Smith's live ensemble, along with EruDangerspiel and Trinity Roots. In 2011 she was invited to perform ‘World in Union’ at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, which was watched by a televised audience of a billion people. That same year, her self-titled EP was released, going on to win Best Māori album at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards in 2012. She’s opened for Beyonce, counts Riki Gooch, Tiki Taane and Stan Walker among her collaborators and champions and is a cast member of Fly My Pretties.