Annie Crummer Profile

Nick Bollinger
18 Jan 2018

Annie Crummer has one of New Zealand’s best-loved and most travelled voices. That voice has taken her from Avondale to Paisley Park, from local talent quests to duets with Sting, and back to her Rarotongan heritage.

When Annie Crummer was two years old, her parents would hear her singing to herself before going to sleep at night. “Don’t interfere,” her father Will would say to Annie’s mother, Tangi. “It’s in her.”

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Shortland Street's The Katene Sisters, L to R: Lisa Crittenden, Annie Crummer, Nancy Brunning.
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Annie Crummer - See What Love Can Do (1992)
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An allstar cast in the 1980s, which includes Christina Asher, Dalvanius, Mark Williams and Annie Crummer
Photo credit: Christina Asher collection
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Cook Island-New Zealand singer and songwriter Annie Crummer and her father Will Crummer sing a traditional Cook Islands song for RNZ Pacific.
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Will Crummer and his daughter Annie, 2011. Photo by Simon Moore
Photo credit: Simon Moore
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When The Cat's Away - Melting Pot (1988)
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Annie Crummer in 1994
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Governor-General the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy awarding Annie Crummer the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music, August 2017.
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When The Cat's Away: Debbie Harwood, Barbara Griffin, Margaret Urlich, Sharon O'Neill, Kim Willoughby and Annie Crummer, with Noel Crombie behind Sharon and Kim
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Annie Crummer in 1992, at the release of her album Language on WEA
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Sonny Day - Savin' Up (1985, featuring Annie Crummer, Beaver, Josie Rika, Neil Edwards, Tama Renata and others)
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When The Cat's Away in New Plymouth, 1988: Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Dianne Swann and Margaret Urlich
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Annie Crummer's album Seventh Wave (WEA, 1996)
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In 2011 Annie Crummer received the the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Will and Annie Crummer at Radio New Zealand. Photo: RNZ/Dru Faulkner
Photo credit: Photo: RNZ/Dru Faulkner
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Debbie Harwood, Kim Willougby and Annie Crummer performing Dragon's April Sun in Cuba, at the APRA Silver Scrolls, 2001
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When the Cat's Away - Asian Paradise (2001)
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Annie Crummer with When The Cat's Away, late 1980s
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Annie Crummer, 1994
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Annie Crummer, right, coaching Tempo Style, recording at Roundhead Studios, Auckland, in 2014. From left are Meleseini Puletau (Selwyn College), Maxine Vaihu (St Mary's College), and Julia Tu'unga (Auckland Girls Grammar). Annie mentored the trio, whose song 'Islands' won the 2014 Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long annual songwriting competition sponsored by Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA) and The New Zealand Music Commission. and who perform as Tempo Style, had the opportunity to record their song at the prestigious Roundhead Studios opened by Neil Finn in 2007.
Photo credit: New Zealand Music Commission
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Annie Crummer performing on stage with Sting in the early 1990s
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Will Crummer performing with his daughter Annie, c2012. Photograph by Trevor Villers.
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
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Annie Crummer's debut album, Language (WEA, 1992)
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When The Cat's Away's tour group on the Asian Paradise tour, 2001: George Gorga (front of house sound), Robbie Barclay (production manager), Dave McIvor (crew), Marty Reynolds (lighting), Tony Flett (stage), Paul Lopez (crew), Colin Burrell (monitors), Rick Brown (stage), Ian Magan (promoter) and sprawled across the band, Chris Tate (sound). In front: Sharon O'Neill, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Margaret Urlich and Annie Crummer.
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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A poster for the Melting Pot single: Debbie Harwood, Dianne Swann, Annie Crummer, Margaret Urlich and Kim Willoughby
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Katene Sisters - Keeping Up The Love Thing (1993)
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When The Cat's Away documentary (1987)
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Annie Crummer, 1994
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Netherworld Dancing Toys - For Today (1985)
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Annie Crummer with her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pacific Music Awards, 2011
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Annie Crummer - a publicity shot from the 1990s
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Netherworld Dancing Toys with Annie Crummer, performing 'For Today' at the 2018 APRS Silver Scroll Awards.
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Tempo Style, winners of the 2014 Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long songwriting competition, in Roundhead Studios, with Annie Crummer and Anna Coddington, July 2014. From left are Maxine Vaihu (St Mary's College), Meleseini Puletau (Selwyn College), Anna Coddington, Julia Tu'unga (Auckland Girls Grammar), and Annie Crummer.
Photo credit: New Zealand Music Commission
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A previously unseen, pre-When The Cat's Away shot taken for a NZ Listener story in 1985 on the presenters and contenders for the New Zealand Music Awards: Debbie Harwood, Annie Crummer, Margaret Urlich and Dianne Swann
Photo credit: Photo by John Reynolds
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An early When The Cat's Away publicity shot: Dianne Swann, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby (front), Margaret Urlich and Annie Crummer
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When The Cat's Away, 2001: Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Annie Crummer and Margaret Urlich
Photo credit: Photo by Anthony O'Dwyer
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Annie Crummer, left, producing 'Islands', the winning song of the 2014 Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long songwriting competition, written by Tempo Style. At right is Anna Coddington, who laid down the guitar tracks.
Photo credit: New Zealand Music Commission
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Cook Island-New Zealand singer and songwriter Annie Crummer talks to her father Will Crummer about Cook Islands language and their culture.
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A previously unseen, pre-When The Cat's Away photo taken for a NZ Listener story in 1985 on the presenters of the New Zealand Music Awards: Debbie Harwood, Annie Crummer, Margaret Urlich and Dianne Swann
Photo credit: Photo by John Reynolds
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Annie Crummer photographed for the Live in Paradise tour, 2001
Photo credit: Photo by Anthony O'Dwyer
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Neil taking a break from the mic at the 1996 ENZSO gig in Auckland - Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Annie Crummer, Tim Finn
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Trivia:

In 2017 Annie Crummer was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.

In 2011, Annie Crummer was awarded Senior Pacific Artist Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.

Brian May of Queen called Annie Crummer "The voice of one in a million."

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