Rising Kiwi songbird Sacha Vee is stoked to finally be flying solo – after years of collaborating with other musos.
The Wellington-based vocalist is Queenstown-bound to showcase her self-titled debut EP.
She was last in the resort fronting popular Christchurch funk band Oval Office and drew attention working with Shapeshifter’s Devin Abrams on his acclaimed Pacific Heights album In a Quiet Storm.
But 24-year-old Vee reckons the time is right to put her own material on the map by hitting the road with her own band.
“It’s daunting but exciting at the same time,” she says. “When I’ve been gigging with other bands, I’ve been able to get some of my lyrics and ideas performed but this is the first time my own music and arrangements have really got across.
“So far the shows have been awesome. They’ve been really chilled and really cool.”
As well as belting out a string of originals, Vee will also lend her smoky, jazz-tinged vocals to tracks by soul divas like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.
“I wanted to include a few songs by some of my favourite artists and I’ll even be doing a cheeky wee number called Annie Don’t Wear No Panties, which should be fun.”
From a Dutch/West Indian background, Vee has been surrounded by music from an early age and was awarded Best Vocalist at the New Zealand Jazz Festival when she was just 16.
In recent years, she’s performed at some of the country’s top music festivals and opened for the likes of Shapeshifter, Hollie Smith and Harbour City Electric.
Vee’s own songs such as Patience and Trouble have been well received by nationwide radio stations and she now aims to secure funding to release an album and tour Europe.
In between, she’s completing a master’s degree in music therapy at the NZ School of Music in Wellington.
As part of her course, she also takes up work placements to help kids and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism and Huntington’s disease.
“Music can have a really positive effect on people who have some pretty serious mental and physical conditions,” Vee says. “For me, being involved with something like that is very rewarding.”