For some reason unbeknownst to us, we often receive music to review. Not only is this gratifying, but it somewhat implies that people trust our opinion; which is really all we can ask for!
Recently I had the pleasure of opening an email containing the music of Ngaiire, an Australian female folk/soul vocalist.
Ngaiire (pronounced nyrie) is an Papua New Guinea-born, Australian-bred and based musician. She has dabbled in the creative genre juices of jazz, soul, folk, pop and indie, just to name a few. She has a rich history in jazz, having studied the genre at University. She has toured with Australian collective, Blue King Brown, sang with Nai Palm (of Hiatus Kaiyote), and ended 2013 with opening spots for both Alicia Keys and John Legend.
Her debut album, 'Lamentations' takes you on a transcendental journey through the realms of jazz, roots, soul, r&b and folk. Ngaiire's vocals are deep and sultry yet light and harmonious; all with a powerful backbone evocative of soul and strength.
She is a true artist in every sense of the word. One that is refreshing, genuine, raw and real.
We are introduced to a lot of talented musicians on a daily basis, although the instantaneous love I felt when listening to Ngaiire is a rare occurrence. One that reiterates my passion for music and love for my job. She made it onto nearly every 'Best of 2013' list in Australia, we can't wait for her to embark on the rest of the world next.
Ngaiire was last seen hanging out with Queen Bey's sister, Solange. Possibly learning how to achieve world-domination from the experts? We sure hope so...