The Sun Came Out

The Artists


Neil FinnNeil Finn along with his brother Tim Finn, was the co-frontman for Split Enz and most notably for Crowded House. He has also recorded several successful solo albums and assembled diverse musicians for the 7 Worlds Collide projects with proceeds benefitting Oxfam.

Finn rose to prominence in the late 1970s after replacing singer songwriter Phil Judd in his brother Tim Finn's band Split Enz. With the group, Finn wrote the hits "One Step Ahead", "History Never Repeats", "I Got You" and "Message to My Girl". Finn rose from prominence to international fame after Split Enz broke up in 1984. While Tim left for England, Neil formed Crowded House with Split Enz's final drummer Paul Hester in 1985. The group achieved international success in 1987 when they released the single "Don't Dream it's Over" written by Neil.

He ended Crowded House in 1996 to embark upon what was to become a moderately successful solo career and has released two albums with his brother Tim under the title the Finn Brothers. In 2006, following the death of Hester, Finn reformed Crowded House (adding Beck's former drummer Matt Sherrod) and released their first studio album in over 13 years, "Time on Earth" and the band began a world tour. In 2010, Finn commenced another world tour with Crowded House in support of their 2010 release, "Intriguer".

CHARITY WORK

In 1986, Finn performed with The Rock Party, a charity project initiated by The National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NCADA), which included many Australasian musicians such as Reg Mombassa from Mental As Anything, Eddie Rayner, Tim Finn, Nick Seymour and Paul Hester of Crowded House, Geoff Stapleton, Mark Callaghan and Robbie James of GANGgajang, Mary Azzopardi of Rockmelons, Andrew Barnum of The Vitabeats, Lissa Barnum, Michael Barclay, Peter Blakely, Deborah Conway, Jenny Morris, Danny De Costa, Greg Herbert (The Promise), Spencer P Jones, Sean Kelly (Models), John Kennedy, Paul Kelly, Martin Plaza (Mental as Anything), Robert Susz (Dynamic Hepnotics) and Rick Swinn (The Venetians). The Rock Party released a 12" single "Everything to Live For", which was produced by Joe Wissert, Phil Rigger and Phil Beazley.

In February 2007, Neil Finn performed with his son Elroy and Jimmy Barnes at a charity benefit concert for cerebral palsy. The event was held at the Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School, Stowe in Buckinghamshire, UK. The benefit was in aid of the UK charity Scope (formerly "The Spastics Society"), England's largest charity working for people living with cerebral palsy and their families.

Liam FinnLiam Finn is a New Zealand musician and songwriter and is the son of Neil Finn and is well known as the front man of New Zealand band Betchadupa. In 2007, Finn released his solo debut "I'll Be Lightning", which draws on his experiences from living in London in recent years.

Finn has toured the world several times performing with Wilco, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam and The Black Keys, as well as at numerous festivals. He has also performed at such famous venues as La Paradiso, Largo, Bowery Ballroom, Scala, The Corner and the steps of the Sydney Opera House among many others. In 2008 and 2009, Finn opened for Eddie Vedder's solo tour throughout America and also headlined his first North American tour on the road with in November 2008 in the UK and Europe.

For more information, please visit www.liamfinn.tv.

Lisa GermanoLisa Germano has released seven albums featuring her often-hushed vocal style, confessional lyrics, and distinctive violin. Her 1994 album "Geek the Girl" received widespread critical acclaim, including being featured as a top album of the 1990s by the music magazine Spin. She is also known as a guest performer and/or session musician on over sixty records by a variety of artists, including: John Mellencamp,  Simple Minds, David Bowie, Yann Tiersen, Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop and Jeweland Eels.

Lisa became a member of John Mellencamp's band during the recording of his 1987 album "The Lonesome Jubilee" and continued to work and tour with him for the following seven years. During this time, she also toured and recorded with bands such as Simple Minds and the Indigo Girls, which prompted her to pursue her own music.

For more information, please visit www.lisagermano.com.

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Don McGlashanDon McGlashan is a New Zealand musician and songwriter who has been a member of bands such as The Plague, From Scratch, The Whizz Kids, Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, The Mutton Birds and from 2009, The Bellbirds. He composed several pieces for the Limbs Dance Company and has now embarked on a solo career.

Don won the 'Best Song' award in the 1982 New Zealand Music Awards, for the Blam Blam Blam song, "Don't Fight it Marsha, It's Bigger than Both of Us". In the 1989 awards, Don, along with Harry Sinclair, received three awards for their work as The Front Lawn: 'Best Film Soundtrack/Compilation', 'Most Promising Group' and 'International Achievement'. In 1993, Don's group The Mutton Birds won a three New Zealand Music Awards: 'Album of the Year', 'Single of the Year' (for "Nature") and 'Best Group'.

Johnny MarrJohnny Marr is an English musician and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s as the guitarist in The Smiths, with whom he formed a prolific songwriting partnership with Morrissey. Marr has also been a member of Electronic, The The and Modest Mouse. In 2008, he joined The Cribs after touring with them on 2008's NME Awards Tour, a group in which he would remain until 2011.

Marr's jangly Rickenbacker guitar-playing in The Smiths proved to be popular among other musicians and has influenced many guitarists that followed particularly in the Britpop era.

Marr was voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2010.

For more information, visit www.johnny-marr.com.

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Ed O'BrienEd O'Brien is the guitarist for Radiohead. He is also responsible for the harmony vocals during live concerts and on many tracks from the band's albums (occasionally with drummer Phil Selway). In addition, he played guitar and provided backing vocals for the 7 Worlds Collide project and co-wrote one of the album's track, "Learn to Crawl".

Citing his work with Radiohead, various lists and polls have ranked Ed O'Brien as one of the greatest guitarists in the modern era.

O'Brien made contributions to a soundtrack project for the BBC drama series Eureka Street before recording Kid A. During sessions for Kid A and Amnesiac, he kept fans up to date with an open diary posted on the band's website, providing the most in-depth look at how those experimental albums were recorded. His most recent collaboration outside Radiohead involved guitar work on an Asian Dub Foundation album; he played on "1000 Mirrors" (with Sinéad O'Connor), "Blowback" and "Enemy of the Enemy".

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Glenn RichardsGlenn Richards is the mainstay guitarist singer-songwriter for the Australian rock band Augie March.

Richards joined Augie March in August 1995, playing his first gig with them five years later. To date they have released two EPs and four LPs, while Richards has released one solo EP. Richards has released one additional solo EP as G.A. Richards and the Dark Satanic Mills Bros.

His album "Glimjack" has received rave reviews as the best album of his career.

For more information, please visit www.glennrichards.com.au.

Photo taken from Glenn Richards' Wikipedia page.

Bic RungaBorn in New Zealand, Bic Runga is one of just a handful of artists who have truly earned the term iconic. Her songs are etched into the country's consciousness.

Since her first single "Drive" in 1996 -- a top ten hit when she was just twenty -- she has been awarded almost ever musical honor in her country, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Songwriting Award (the New Zealand equivalent of an Ivor Novello), a brace of Tui's (New Zealand's Grammys) and multi-platinum discs.

Her debut album "Drive" (1997) went platinum seven times; "Beautiful Collision" followed in 2002 (eleven times platinum) and "Birds" in 2005 (triple platinum).

She has shared the stages with Neil and Tim Finn, members of Radiohead and Wilco. Her songs "Good Morning Baby" and "Sway" featured in the soundtrack of the 1999 film American Pie and in 2005, she appeared in the movie Little Fish (as a Vietnamese lounge singer) with Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill. In January 2006, The Queen made her a member of the New Zealand Order of the Meritin, the New Zealand New Year's Honors List.

Bic's new album "Belle" is set for release in New Zealand on November 14th.

For more information, visit www.bicrunga.com.

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Phil SelwayPhil Selway is best known as the drummer of English rock group Radiohead. He also drums and provides backing vocals, along with occasional guitar and lead vocals, for 7 Worlds Collide penning the track "The Ties that Binds Us".

Selway is well known for his precision and proficiency in various styles and unusual time signatures, being named the 26th greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise in 2008. He has worked with Samaritans since 1991.

On August 30, 2010, Selway released his debut solo album, "Familial". The album features Selway on guitar and vocals, along with Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone as well as fellow 7 Worlds Collide artists Lisa Germano and Sebastian Steinberg.

Selway has been associated with emotional support group Samaritans as a listening volunteer since 1991. He performed with the band Dive Dive in March 2005 and appeared in the movie  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a member of the band 'The Weird Sisters' along with Radiohead bandmate, Jonny Greenwood and Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker.

For more information, please visit www.philipselway.com.

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Sebastian SteinbergSebastian Steinberg played with Soul Coughing throughout the band's entire history, from 1992–2000. He also recorded and performed with guitarist Marc Ribot and appeared on, and inspired the title of, William Shatner's 2004 second album "Has Been". In 2001, Steinberg performed on stage with Neil Finn and Tim Finn, Eddie Vedder,Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway and others in a concert recorded on a DVD titled 7 Worlds Collide.

Steinberg performed on the Dixie Chicks' "Accidents and Accusations" 2006 tour and toured with K.D. Lang during the Summer of 2007. He also performed with Vanessa Carlton on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 11, 2007. In 2009, he teamed up with Neil Finn and friends for the second installment of 7 Worlds Collide playing alongside members of Radiohead and Wilco. Steinberg made a brief appearance in the film Funny People, as the bassist in a band that Adam Sandler's character, a movie star, hired to jam with him.

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Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later...with Jools Holland. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award.

She has released three studio albums internationally -- "Eye to the Telescope" (2004), "Drastic Fantastic" (2007) and "Tiger Suit" (2010).

Tunstall is known for her live performances, in which she combines use of an Akai E2 Headrush loop pedal, which she affectionately calls "Wee Bastard", with a full four-piece backing band (Luke Bullen on drums, Arnulf Lindner on bass, Sam Lewison lead guitar and Kenny Dickenson on keyboards, trumpet, percussion and various other instruments), as well as her two backup singers (Cat Sforza and Ami Richardson).

For more information, please visit www.kttunstall.com.

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Jeff TweedyIn 1994, Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco with John Stirratt, Max Johnston and Ken Coomer. Wilco has released eight albums and found commercial success with their albums "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", "A Ghost Is Born", "Sky Blue Sky" and "Wilco" (The Album). The band also released two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Jeff has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, including 'Best Alternative Album' for "A Ghost Is Born". Tweedy has also participated in a number of side groups including Golden Smog and Loose Fur, published a book of poems and released a DVD of solo performances. He was originally influenced by punk and country music, but has later reflected more experimental themes in his music.

Wilco is well-known for its commitment to supporting causes near and dear to them with proceeds from various concerts benefitting more than 70 charities, some including local organizations like the 'Eagle Rock Elementary School Project' in Los Angeles, California to global NGOs like Oxfram.

For more information, please visit www.wilcoworld.net.

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