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The ground swell around kiwi singer and actress Esther Stephens has been building for a while.  A mainstay of the Auckland music scene, Esther has been a master collaborator, lending her vocal prowess to acts including Sola Rosa, Isaac Aesili (Funkomunity) and Tama Waipara.  On New Zealand television she is best known as fashion journalist Olivia from the comedy/drama ‘Go Girls’.  Esther’s solo music is powerful blend of old soul and contemporary pop, citing influences including classic luminaries like Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin and Etta James, and modern acts such as Bjork and Lauryn Hill.  

Her first underground release ‘Asahi’ was praised by music journalist Martyn Pepperell as a sultry, richly toned trip-hop/modern soul voice through an engaging melodic and rhythmic frame’ (Martyn Pepperell, Vanguard Red Magazine) and in 2012 Esther was given special mention after the release of the chart topping Home Brew album on which she features.  Stephens is a true standout, and adds her smoky-toned R&B talents to four different tracks including the classily smouldering Plastic Magic.’ (Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald).  This collaboration also secured her position as one of the promising new talents in the independent collective, Young Gifted and Broke.

Esther has been profiled online by Red Bull Studio Auckland, and she was featured in music magazine Rip It Up’s ‘Who’s Next?’ section.  Esther’s New York produced, NZ On Air funded debut single and accompanying video are was released September 2013.  Esther now resides in Melbourne and is introducing Australian audiences to her love for complex harmonies and alternative pop song-writing structure.

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Well team, I'm off on Saturday morning after 3 amazing months in NZ. If you'd like to come for one last goodbye, this is where I'll be tonight. Love to see your faces! xxx
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Decompressing in Whangamata after 3 months of the most incredible adventures both in acting and music. Thank you SO much to everyone who came to our gigs, downloaded our tunes and supported us in any way. Back to Melbourne on Saturday - but never fear! More NZ gigs & new recordings on the horizon! Much love, E x
Second to last gig at Portland Public House tonight, featuring some very special guests! Come down for hot food, cold drinks and smooth grooves x
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What an amazing full-on weekend. Badu on Thursday, wrapped filming on Friday, Wellington gig Saturday. Pretty damn excited about sleep! Thanks so much to all the Welly peeps who came out to support me & The Means at Matterhorn last night, we had a blast!!! xxx
On air with RadioActive.fm at 11am to chat about the Esther Stephens & The Means gig at The Matterhorn in Welly this Saturday. Might even drop a giveaway for a lucky listener!
Had the pleasure of speaking to Mr Rodney Fisher of Kiwi FM the other day. Shared some favourite kiwi tunes with him, including a tune by the very handsome Third3ye w/ Bailey Wiley, and had chat about the evolution of Esther Stephens & The Means and our upcoming musical pursuits. You can listen here x
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