Stan Walker whose iwi are Tūhoe and Ngāti Tuwharetoa has released a new song called “BIGGER” that shares his hopes for future generations. Stan talks once again to Gman on 3KND. In the song’s music video, Walker's nephew plays a younger version of him back where it all started at his Tamapahore marae in Tauranga. The song was co-written with American singer-songwriter Parson James and released in both Te Reo Māori and English.
Some of Stan’s lyrics for BIGGER are..
I was raised in a small-town kinda place Where it is what it is and you don't complain Where people didn't know how to listen if you asked them It starts to make you think, "What does it matter?" 'Cause there'll always be minds that you'll never change..
Was a bird in a cage nearly all my life, yeah I was told I was wrong and I couldn't fly I knew that it was more than just a feeling I knew my life had so much more meaning Damn, it feels so good on the other side, the other side
Over the past decade Stan Walker has become one of Aotearoa’s most loved figures, adored for his Maoritanga, love for his culture, pride for his people, sense of humour, humility, and joy for life as much as he inspires in his roles as a musician and actor. His success as a New Zealand performing artist across such a variety of mediums is unparalleled. Not only has Stan earned eight Gold and five Platinum singles as well as one Double Platinum and one Triple Platinum single in New Zealand. In Australia, Stan has two Double Platinum singles, two Platinum singles and two Gold singles. He’s collected eight New Zealand Music Awards along the way and five ARIA Music Award nominations. He’s won the Waiata Māori Award for Radio Airplay Record of the Year five times, in 2010, 2011 and then 3 consecutive years in a row from 2013 – 2015.