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Ainslie Allen

Composer, Performer

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Ko Puketapu me Manawaru ngā Maunga
Ko Te Arai te Uru me Waipaoa ngā Awa
Ko Horouta me Takitimu ngā Waka
Ko Rongowhakaata te Iwi
Ko Ainslie Allen taku ingoa.

From a young age Ainslie honed-in on her talents. With a passion for country music, she successfully competed throughout NZ channeling the spirit of Patsy Cline, and became known as the 'Crazy' girl, winning her first guitar at the age of 12.

At 16, Ainslie starred in McDonald's Young Entertainers, a hit New Zealand TV Talent show - most kiwis know her name.

An Independent Country Artist, Ainslie released her debut EP "the A-Sides" in November 2013.

In 2014, Ainslie toured Hawaii and New Zealand for John Rowles, with Elvis Presley's TCB band members, James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, Glen D. Hardin and Norbert "Put" Putnam. Ainslie has also played support act for Air Supply.

Ainslie entertained New Zealand and Australian troops in East Timor (a war zone at the time) on a mercy mission with comedians Cal Wilson, Mike King, Ewan Gil-more, Te Radar and Brendhan Lovegrove. As she performed, a local baby was born in the army hospital. Ainslie was honoured to have him named after her.

Ainslie's original song 'Can U Handle Me' (recorded and produced by Rikki Morris) was chosen to be on NZ on Air's Kiwi Hit Disc.

Ainslie's biggest live crowd is 250,000 revellers at New Zealand's biggest outdoor concert in Auckland, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park. She is a regular at major sporting events, singing the honourable National Anthem for the All Blacks, Silver Ferns, South Africa's Springbok, the Wallabies and French rugby teams.

She recorded her version of ‘Walking in light’ by Th’ Dudes featuring the Silver Ferns.

Ainslie's soulful version of the New Zealand National Anthem was chosen to be produced and marketed by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs.

Ainslie’s first professional singing engagement was for Sir Edmond Hillary.

Ainslie judged and mentored the TV series 'The Big Time'.

She sang her way to San Francisco with girl group ‘The Beatgirls’.

Ainslie moved to Sydney, Australia and started an all-girl rock band, ‘The Rockettes’, touring Australia.

Ainslie was NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year 2018 and a recent graduate of the 2019 CMAA academy of Country Music, Tamworth, Australia.

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Photo credit: Moira O Malley