BRYCE WASTNEY – BIO
New Zealand has produced some globally acclaimed male singer/songwriters from the likes of Neil Finn, Don McGlashan & Dave Dobbyn. While fame hasn’t always been an accurate measure of ability, there’s something magic & inspirational about the under dog punching well above his weight – and doing it with integrity.
Born in the sunny coastal town of Nelson, New Zealand Bryce is an accomplished guitarist and a well-traveled singer/songwriter who has performed nationally and internationally with some of the best singers in Australasia incl Guy Sebastian, The Mockers, Marlon Williams, Stu Larsen, Paul Ubana Jones, Anna Coddington, Jars Of Clay, The Germein Sisters, Jordie Lane, Shaun Kirk and more..
Bryce originally trained as a trade certified boat builder before changing tack and graduating from university in Sydney in 2003 with a visual arts/teaching degree, an old guitar, and with a notebook filled with songs. Inspired by the music of Cat Stevens, Neil Finn & the Beatles, Bryce’s music traverses folk, country, gospel, rock and pop – always soulful whatever the genre. It’s the ideal soundtrack for the traveler and free spirit in us all.
March 2017 saw the independent release of Bryce’s 3rd album titled “TRUE NORTH”. A highly polished collection of songs tried & tested on the road before entering the studio with award winning producer Ryan Beehre (From the band Minuit) This album showcases his songwriting in a fresh new light, with warm synths and electronica entering the sonic mix. The first single was released with a music video titled “Morning Light” and then followed by “World Gone Mad”
TRUE NORTH keeps the acoustic guitar and vocal front & centre in the mix, while taking the listener on an enchanting journey throughout the 10 tracks. Each song has a powerful story behind it, which Bryce skillfully shares from the stage in a way that puts the audience at ease and the mind deep inside the songs. Not many artists can do this as authentically & naturally as Bryce can.
In the summer of 2016 Bryce successfully packed out the Christchurch Cathedral in Nelson and put on a powerful concert focused on NZ Mental Health Awareness week. He completed 25 shows NZ wide performing the songs & telling the story of Cat Stevens alongside his producer/lead guitarist Ryan Beehre. The show is called “Wild World” and has been a hit, packing out most small to medium sized venues around the country.
In January 2014, Bryce was selected to be the support act for Australian music sensation Guy Sebastian. Then toured with the multi award winning Germein Sisters throughout Australia in April & New Zealand in May. In October Bryce announced the release of the Songbook & Six String concert DVD and doco with iconic NZ singer/songwriter & good friend Paul Ubana Jones. Filmed at the historic Old St John’s in Nelson it features a 25 person choir backing the two singers as they perform in this magical setting.
Bryce is an active World Vision ambassador artist and happily promotes child sponsorship. He sponsors 2 children himself and has flown to Indonesia and met them both. He describes it as a “Life changing experience and a significant event that has helped shape my perspective and songwriting.”
In 2012 Bryce released his 3rd album titled “Hope Mountain” features songs that were influenced by his World Vision adventures, and went on to complete a 15 date national tour in Australia. His song “Dead Man Walking” was produced with the help of Lynyrd Skynrd’s touring manager / producer in USA and went to #1 on the NZ iTunes charts when released. Several other tracks charted around the world including “The Brightest Star” which has become a crowd favorite attracting attention from some very influential producers / artists in Europe.
In 2010 Bryce independently released his debut album titled “A Perfect Day For Travel”. The album gained impressive industry reviews with six songs off the album featuring alongside songs from Cat Stevens in the multi-award winning New Zealand feature film Last Paradise. Last Paradise film was a hit and packed out the largest outdoor cinema in USA, The Arlington Theatre.
Bryce’s first self titled EP was made in an old farm house in Taranaki. Using a coat hanger & his sisters stockings for a vocal pop filter. CD’s have long sold out, but you can’t help but get the impression this guy is in it for all the right reasons and like a good wine – keeps getting better with age.