Erny Belle


The tale behind Erny Belle’s first LP has been told in various media outlets a few times since its release in 2019. In a nutshell: city girl takes a hiatus and returns to her roots, camps out in her dad’s semi-pro studio in an old railway bus shed in Northland and writes and produces Venus Is Home, an album of abstract and ethereal Pacific-tinged country/folk/pop musings on life, loves, and family.

“People love a story,” says Erny aka Aimee Renata (Ngāpuhi). That they do, especially if it rings true. While she is moving on – her second album, Not Your Cupid, was released in November 2023 on Flying Nun Records – a closer look at that origin story offers insight into her current work and hints at possible futures.

Erny Belle - Island Time (Official Video, 2023)
Dave Khan playing the violin with Erny Belle at San Fran, Wellington, 2023.
Photo credit: Charlotte Bruin
Erny Belle at Laneway, 2024.
Photo credit: Matt Hunter
Erny Belle and Dave Khan live at San Fran, Wellington, 2023.
Photo credit: Charlotte Bruin
Erny Belle - Venus Is Home (Official Video, 2022)
Tiare Kelly and Erny Belle at Laneway, 2024.
Photo credit: Matt Hunter
Erny Belle 'Inertia' Live at RNZ (2023)
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Tiare Kelly, Dave Khan and Erny Belle at Laneway, 2024.
Photo credit: Matt Hunter
Erny Belle - Hell Hole (Official Video, 2021)
Erny Belle and Tiare Kelly live at San Fran, Wellington, 2023.
Erny Belle - Stay Golden (Official Video, 2023)
Erny Belle - Venus Is Home portrait.
Photo credit: Fred Renata
Erny Belle - Baby Blue (Official Video, 2022)
Tiare Kelly, Erny Belle and Rewi Mclay at the Hollywood Avondale, 2022.
Photo credit: David Argue
Erny Belle - from the photo shoot for Not Your Cupid 
Photo credit: Matt Hurley
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Erny Belle - Inertia (Official Video, 2023)
Navakatoa Tekela-Pule and Rewi Mclay performing with Erny Belle at San Fran, Wellington, 2023.
Photo credit: Charlotte Bruin
Island Time portrait of Erny Belle and Navakatoa Tekela-Pule
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Erny Belle - Venus Is Home (2022)
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Erny Belle - Burning Heaven (Official Video, 2022)
Erny Belle - Venus Is Home portrait.
Photo credit: Fred Renata
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Erny Belle live at San Fran, Wellington, 2023.
Photo credit: Charlotte Bruin
Erny Belle - Unchained (Official Video, 2023)
Erny Belle - Not Your Cupid (Flying Nun, 2023)
Erny Belle 'Bowman' Live At RNZ (2023)
Erny Belle - Meri Kirihimete (Official Video, 2022)
Erny Belle - Pitt Stop (Official Video, 2023)
Under Cover: Erny Belle and Delaney Davidson (2022)
Labels:

Flying Nun

Members:

Navakatoa Tekela-Pule - bass, guitar, vocals

Tiare Kelly - guitar, keyboard, citar, vocals

Dave Khan - guitar, violin, keys, vocals

Rewi Mclay - lap steel guitar, vocals

Jackson Hobbs - drums

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