Songbroker Song of the Day: Maree Sheehan - Fatally Cool
Maree Sheehan, of Ngati Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngati Tuwharetoa, helped pave the way for women in the New Zealand music industry in the 1990s by breaking the singer-songwriter mould and bringing homegrown dance-pop to the foreground.
The Christchurch born, Auckland-based artist was eight when she took up piano; by 14 she’d written her very first song.
“Mum and her sisters had a trio and they used to play little gigs. So there was lots of singing in my childhood. You know, the classic guitar-party scenario. I was brought up with all those old sing-a-long songs.”
By the early 1990s it was clear Sheehan had something special to offer and with the backing of a major label, she released a string of singles – among them the Top 20 hits 'Past to the Present' and 'Fatally Cool'.