Australian singer Ngaiire.
Australian singer Ngaiire. Vassi Lena

Former Lismore musician Ngaiire receives APRA Award

FORMER Lismore resident Ngaiire has been named as one of this year's recipient of APRA's Professional Development Awards.

Each artist will receive $15,000 cash from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) plus other tools for their career such as equipment.

Ngaire Joseph, who goes by the stage name Ngaiire (pronounced Ny-ree), is a Papua New Guinea-born singer based in Sydney.

Northern Rivers experience

The singer moved to Lismore in 2000 and attended Kadina High School before moving to study Jazz in Queensland in 2003.

Ngaiire has previously mentioned the influence that her music studies in Lismore made to her future career.

"It was there that I had my first taste of performing in front of people," she said to The Northern Star last July, when she released her latest single, Once.

"My music teacher Mrs Johnstone and those in my music class were such a beacon of light in terms of encouraging me to be open to so many styles of music, from Jeff Buckley to Tool, Ani DiFranco to Stevie Wonder."

Music credentials

She is a former backing vocalist for Blue King Brown and Chet Faker, and has sung on tracks by Paul Mac, The Tongue, Thundamentals, Bluejuice, Kilter, Lancelot and Jordan Rakei.

Ngaiire has toured nationally, played at Gastonbury festival and sang at the opening ceremony for the 2015 Pacific Games.

The singer was in the top 30 of the second season of Australian Idol, released her debut album, Lamentations, in 2013 and is currently preparing to release her second album, Blastoma, in early 2016.

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