This episode of C4's music series Homegrown Profiles features singer/songwriter Anika Moa, who was signed to international label Atlantic Records and recording her debut album Thinking Room in New York when she was barely out of her teens. Moa talks about growing up in a musical household in Christchurch; being discovered through the annual Rockquest competition; her American experience and the decision that it wasn't a good fit for her; and her return to New Zealand and the happier experience of making her second album Stolen Hill.
We did 12 to 14 songs and they were awesome but the record company didn't like them. [...] It was all out of my hands because at the record company heaps of people ended up getting made redundant. Which was quite fortunate for me. They got a new managing director who happened to love it.– Anika Moa on making her second album