There are some artists who command the utmost respect and attention the second you hear that very first note. The voice grabs you; their lyrics hold you. You’ve discovered something rare and precious. You’ll always remember that moment.

Welcome New Zealand’s newest and brightest star – TEEKS.

Hailing from Northland, New Zealand, TEEKS (real name Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi) grew up surrounded by music and performance. Raised with strong Māori cultural influences, TEEKS took his first steps in the music industry when selected for the prestigious Pao Pao Pao development initiative for emerging and establishing Māori artists.

It set a strong foundation for his next step in the journey – the release of his debut EP THE GRAPEFRUIT SKIES on June 23, 2017.

Steeped in old-school soul and yet shimmering with moments that capture TEEKS’ strength of youth, THE GRAPEFRUIT SKIES stopped critics in their tracks and shot straight up the charts, with its lead single ‘If Only’ peaking at #1 on the New Zealand Viral Chart on Spotify and #1 on the R&B/Soul Chart on iTunes NZ.