The EP has since had more than 2 million streams on Spotify and earned TEEKS three nominations at the 2017 New Zealand Music Awards - ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’, ‘Best Soul and R’n’B Artist’ and ‘Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist’.
Also one of just five acts invited to perform at the live televised awards, TEEKS’ impressive performance of ‘Never Be Apart’ saw the EP soar back up the NZ Top 20 album chart and the Official Top 40 album chart.
In early 2017, TEEKS took part in APRA’s Songhubs programme at the famed Roundhead Studios in Auckland working alongside well-known writers and producers such as Emily Warren and James Newman. In December he followed that up by participating in a writing retreat in Sydney, supported by Milk & Honey/Sony NZ and Australia, where he worked in one-on-one sessions with Sacha Skarbek, Greg Holden, Dan August Rigo and Anthony Maniscalo.
Now, as TEEKS prepares for a busy year ahead, he has joined with 13 Artists, whose roster includes Radiohead, Paolo Nutini, Alabama Shakes, Michael Kiwanuka and Royal Blood and Australia’s highly regarded boutique touring company and artist booking agency Niche Productions, which works with the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Ladi6, Six60 and Thomston.
TEEKS – THE GRAPEFRUIT SKIES EP available on Spotify / iTunes / Apple Music
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