Image via MySpace: Ngaiire
Ngaiire is a Sydney musician who was born in Papua New Guinea. Described as a having beautiful harmonies, great songs, sass, sincerity and soul to spare, Ngairre is one island sister who is going places.
“I feel like I’ve been pregnant for years and at any point I’m just gonna explode all over everyone. Amongst the blood and guts there must be a musical masterpiece or something I won’t be ashamed to call my child. If it’s just blood and guts, I think I’ll quit” – Ngaiire
Preparing to go into the studio to record her debut album, Ngaiire has never been one to reside within the confines of a musical box constantly bleeding out the corners, owing to having such a diverse upbringing. Ngaiire came to Australia at just 16 having spent a lot of her life living in the jungles of Papua New Guinea in a little grass hut with no electricity, television or internet but a single hand held radio that serviced the village with what she felt was a “mind-bashing of uninspiring top 40 hits”. Starting a new life in the little NSW town of Lismore meant a significant change of lifestyle for Ngaiire. In amidst trying to sync herself up with the ways of her new society she sparked an extensive love affair with Sarah Vaughn and Jeff Buckley who are instrumental in shaping her vocal style today.
At 18 she began a Jazz degree at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay. With only half way through her degree she felt Mackay was becoming a creative barrage for her prompting her to move to Sydney. There she could immerse herself in a place she knew would terrify her to the point of becoming better at her art. Within a year Rolling Stone had recognised her as a rising star to look out for even without having released anything as a solo artist. Her growing reputation attracted bands from jazz great Roy Ayers, Paul Mac, Sarah Blasko, ARIA award winning Monsieur Camembert, and Blue King Brown to sought after her voice, touring nationally and internationally with many of them. With a voice that some have described as powerful ‘mourning’ she performs with such an intense presence it’s hard not to be drawn into the world she creates on stage.
2010 will see what is set to be Ngaiire’s first long awaited offering to the world. A body of work she describes as ‘some bastardised form of alternative’. Certainly something worth getting wound up about.
“This is an exciting development for Australian Music” – The Brag
“She’s so good I’d go so far as to say it was brave of even Ruthie to take her on” – Australian Stage (on her supporting Texan blues singer Ruthie Foster)
“When I first heard Ngaiire it was one of those moments when you just go, that has all the right bits in all the right places. It was like a soulful massage for my eardrums. Beautiful harmonies, great songs, sass, sincerity and soul to spare”- John Butler.
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Glorious / Ngaiire
Edited: 2 June, 2010