SINGER: Former Lismore resident Ngaire Joseph, known as Ngaiire.
SINGER: Former Lismore resident Ngaire Joseph, known as Ngaiire.

Ngaiire shares sweet and bitter news

FORMER Lismore resident and new-soul musician Ngaiire has given birth to a baby boy, in the middle of a health scare that has prevented her from performing live for months, but that has not stopped her from creating new music.

On an Instagram post published Monday, Ngaiire confirmed she has become a mother.

"For those asking after my impending health, I have surgery soon to remove an organ/maybe more to resolve them hellish pains - but ppfft (sic) I just gave birth to an angel baby human boy and a top secret @ngaiire3 album demo is making its way round the stratosphere and hopefully to you soon. brb," she posted.

 

The post published by Ngaiire on April 30 confirming the news.
The post published by Ngaiire on April 30 confirming the news.

The post included a message from Claire Elise Boucher, known professionally as Grimes, a Canadian musician, songwriter, record producer and visual artist.

In the image, the message reads "omg got your top secret demos these are amazing!!" although the rest of the message has been made illegible.

The former Lismore student was meant to be at the ABC's New Year's Spectacular Countdown show, but instead she had to watch it from a Sydney hospital.

In January, Ngaiire shared the news to her fans about her pregnancy and her diagnose, again via Instagram.

The singer revealed doctors had found tumours in her liver.

"Dear everyone. Thank you for your well wishes. After three weeks in hospital my surgeon has identified that I have four tumours on my liver," she posted.

"Because I've been blessed to carry this beautiful bodacious baby boy (surprise) it's difficult for doctors to decipher if the tumours are malignant or benign at this stage which will mean a lot of progressive monitoring every week.

"Baby boy is very happy and healthy at the moment but here's hoping I won't need to deliver him before he's full term if the tumours end up being cancerous.

"Lots of love and thank you for all your support."

 

Artwork for Blastoma (2016), the first album by former Lismore resident Ngaiire.
Artwork for Blastoma (2016), the first album by former Lismore resident Ngaiire. Contributed

Blastoma

Ngaiire, 33, whose off-stage name is Ngaire Joseph, was the first PNG-born artist to be featured in the Triple J Hottest 100 list.

Speaking to The Northern Star in 2016 ahead of her Splendour in the Grass show, the singer confirmed the album was called Blastoma as she had battled cancer at a young age.

A blastoma was a type of cancer, more common in children, that was caused by malignancies in precursor cells, often called blasts.

"I had cancer when I was five, and I was in and out of hospital for about two years," she said.

"When that is happening, it's hard to wrap your brain around what's going on.

"When you are that age you shouldn't be crying over being in hospital for days on end, you should be crying for a bruised knee.

"People kept telling me that I needed to fight and be strong and I had no idea what that meant, but I somehow managed to muster up some a version of what my parents were asking me to be, and it became the foundation of who I became as a person."

Ngaiire moved to Lismore with her mother and stepfather in 2000.

 

Former Lismore resident Ngaiire during her show at Splendour in the Grass 2016.
Former Lismore resident Ngaiire during her show at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Mitch Lowe

She attended Kadina High School, entered the local Accelerator music competition in 2002 and recorded her first song, I Remember, for the Accelerator 2002: The Winners CD.

She was backing vocalist for Blue King Brown, Paul Mac and Chet Faker, and has sung on tracks by The Tongue, Thundamentals and Bluejuice, among others.

She has played at Glastonbury festival, sang at the opening ceremony for the 2015 Pacific Games and was in the top 30 of the second season of Australian Idol.

She has been described as one of Australia's best live performers.

Her debut album, Lamentations was released in 2013 and her second album Blastoma was released in June 2016.



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