Ainsley Apirana - Biography
Ainsley Apirana is mostly known for her enduring relationship with Steve Apirana - gospel singer, songwriter, blues guitarist extraordinaire - from New Zealand. But, she has gifts of her own which include song writing, playing several musical instruments (flute, guitar and piano), meagrely, as well as organisational, administration and managerial skills. Ainsley recorded 12 of her own songs on an album called Autumn in 2001 and has sung with her husband around the world in Europe, UK,USA, New Zealand and Australia, singing her own songs and duets with Steve such as the Beatles “If I Fell”, a favourite amongst people from all walks of life.
In spite of what many people believe, Ainsley is of Scottish decent, not Maori and was born and brought up in Australia, the place she calls home. She lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for a good part of her life where she married and had three children before moving back to Australia with her family and settling on the Sunshine Coast.
Ainsley has brought up her own three children as well as two step children. She worked in Foster care for several years and more recently gave three years to looking after her three small grandchildren, full time.
Ainsley is currently studying music business at Sunshine Coast TAFE and has plans to start a recording studio / coffee shop / venue / seminar school in their home in the small town of Cooran. Her motivation is to provide entertainment, employment and learning opportunities for young people in Noosa hinterland who are disadvantaged by isolation. She also plans to write songs for a new album of her own, to encourage her own children in their musical careers and hopefully do more touring and performing with her husband around the world. She also plans to write several books including a book about her mother – Dorothy Pringle - who is well known across Australia and New Zealand for her beautiful water colour paintings of flowers, old houses and landscapes.