The songwriters play an important role in the music scene. They are the architects of new music. Great songs played well on an acoustic guitar or with a band cut through the noise and warm hearts.
Discover the music of New Zealand singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney. Inspired by the song-craft of Cat Stevens, Neil Finn and Kings of Leon, Bryce’s music naturally traverses the pop-rock, country and folk genres – always soulful whatever the genre, it’s the ideal soundtrack for the traveller and free spirit in us all.
Born in Nelson New Zealand, Bryce Wastney is a well-travelled singer/songwriter who has mastered his craft performing hundreds of gigs starting in Taranaki, then New Zealand wide and a relentless tour schedule in Australia, when he was based in Melbourne for 2 years.
His songs capture your imagination and with a relaxed and confident stage presence you’ll find yourself getting drawn in to the music while time stands still. Bryce is now based in Nelson and is now an experienced Producer, currently working on his 4th studio album, which is mostly self-produced at Hummingbird Recording Studio.
“The day will come when Australians will claim he’s one of theirs, that’s how good Kiwi songwriter Bryce Wastney is.” Mike Alexander – Sunday Star-Times
“So he’s a smart, thoughtful singer-songwriter with something to say (life’s journey, faith in the face of adversity, love and the joy and doubt that comes with it), has a strong and expressive voice and one who carefully wraps his lyrics in memorable melodies.” Graham Reid – NZ Music Reviewer
"It’s great to have lunchtime concerts back at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) now that Covid restrictions are easing, and local singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney was the perfect choice for the first one on Thursday 5 May. Bryce is known for the sincerity of his performances, and he didn’t disappoint.…read more →
"It was a pleasure to attend the Founders Cafe gig it was awesome! I always think how natural he is at talking between songs and bringing some humour too - that's such a great gift amongst the music."
"Thank you very much for providing the entertainment at the Nelson Club Melbourne Cup event this year. Your professionalism and excellent range of music was enjoyed by all and no doubt we will be in touch next time we need some in-house entertainment."
"Bryce Wastney's Cat Stevens gig was a trip down memory lane for me, right back to the Old School Yard."
"I grew up listening to Cat Stevens and recently attended Bryce’s performance. He used his magic to take us on an enchanted journey through time. Bryce’s music and folk style storytelling were excellent. It was an unforgettable evening that brought back many fond memories and revealed things I didn’t know…read more →
"Bryce delivers a dynamic and charming presentation of the life and music of Cat Stevens. He is a natural story teller and engaging entertainer."
"Bryce has the audience in the palm of his hand. You can hear a pin drop as he tells the stories, and then next minute the room erupts into a heartwarming singalong. Bryce honours Cat Stevens in a way that helps you see your own path more clearly."
"We had a fabulous night with great food and entertainment what more could you ask for? We will be going to the next Cat Stevens event again."