Wise Music Australia and Ngaiire Sign Exclusive Worldwide Music Publishing Deal
26th August 2021
Wise Music Australia continues to add unique and exquisite songwriters to its Australian roster. Its latest addition is Ngaiire, a songwriter and performer of brilliance.
This exclusive worldwide music publishing deal comes ahead of the launch of Ngaiire’s new album “3” released this Friday 27th August on Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records for Australia and New Zealand and Majestic Casual for the rest of the world. The Papua New Guinea-born, Australia-based artist joins a handpicked roster of superb local songwriting talent including William Barton, Donny Benet, Josh Pyke and Harts at Wise Music, a global indie publisher passionate about working with the highest quality of writers across all genres and providing a personal service and experience to each of its writers.
Often described as a R&B and future-soul singer songwriter, Ngaiire’s collaborations have spanned multiple genres from neo-soul to hip-hop and rap, synth and electro-pop, roots, jazz and blues. Such breadth of genre has won her, amongst other awards, the 2019 composer-in-residence at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ Composer Trust home (an aspiring residency granted the following year to Wise Music composer and multi-instrumentalist William Barton). Her countless accolades include four National Live Music Awards, an FBi Radio SMAC Award for Best Live Act, Australian Music Prize and AIR Award nominations for her 2016 release Blastoma and the inaugural Australian Women in Music Award for Artistic Excellence.
Ngaiire’s sound has been expressed by Jordan Hirst of Music Feeds as “a combination of Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu's voices mixed with M.I.A.'s genre-bending sensibility”. This has seen Ngaiire’s original work featured in multiple film and TV productions including Oprah/Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, Kerry Washington’s Five Points and the Jennifer Lopez produced Good Trouble. As a featured artist, her electric vocals have contributed to productions such as BBC’s miniseries War and Peace with her unique version of "Love is A Battlefield", as well as a cover of "Broken Wings" for director Sarah Spillane’s film Around The Block.
Having built a musical identity that transcends boundaries, genres and art forms, Ngaiire has also delved into the world of composition for dance companies, including the internationally celebrated trans-Indigenous Marrugeku Dance Company, creating works for the Art Gallery of NSW, and sound installations for Hobart’s MONA. A breathtaking theatrical performer with renowned vocals, tight beats and big pop sounds, Ngaiire has graced the stages of Splendour In The Grass through to Glastonbury. She has toured alongside artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Flume, Alicia Keys and John Legend.
Ngaiire, says of joining the Wise Music family:
"Holy crap! If you had told me years ago that I'd be sharing the same publisher as Sufjan Stevens, Anoushka Shankar, Bryce Dessner or even freakin’ Philip Glass I'd tell you to leave the room and to not ever speak to me of such things ever again. As my first publishing home I feel incredibly humbled that Wise would even consider me worthy enough to stand beside such incredible composers. This is the start of an exciting new turn in my journey as both a composer and a songwriter and I'm so happy it's with a team who really get it.”