Stellar* were a New Zealand radio favourite with their 1999 debut album Mix, and the band quickly became a top local act for Sony Music. Stellar*'s energetic pop-rock mix secured eight Tui Awards for Mix and its 2001 follow-up Magic Line. Stellar* was singer Boh Runga (sister of Bic), drummer Andrew Maclaren, guitarist Chris Van de Geer, and bassist Kurt Shanks. Runga is now living in Los Angeles, where she works as a songwriter. In 2007 she produced a successful native bird-inspired jewellery range, and released a 2009 solo album Right Here.