Annie Crummer

Anne Crummer MNZM (born 1966) is a New Zealand pop singer and songwriter who has seen success in both a solo career and as part of various musical groups..

Annie Crummer

Crummer at Bar Bodega, Wellington, 2011
Background information
Birth nameAnne Crummer
Born1966 (age 5253)
OriginNew Zealand
Years active1982–present


Crummer grew up in West Auckland. Her father, Will Crummer, a Cook Islander, was one of her strongest musical influences. She did one semester of Cook Islands Māori language (te reo) at the University of Auckland in 2000.

She has worked with New Zealand bands Netherworld Dancing Toys, When The Cat's Away and Herbs. She recorded "I Hope I Never" as part of the ENZSO project in 1996. She has sung with Australian singers John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes.

On stage, she was a soloist in the musical Rent in Australia and, in 2010, in New Zealand,[1] and played Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (WWRY) in Melbourne. The Australian production of WWRY toured throughout Australia and in Japan. Annie joined the South African production of WWRY touring New Zealand and throughout Asia. She is currently working on her third CD, 'project annie.c.'

In 2011, she was awarded Senior Pacific Artist Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.[2]

In the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours, Crummer was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.[3]

Crummer is dyslexic and says she cannot read or write, but credits her dyslexia with giving her a heightened sense of musical appreciation [4]


Date Title Label Chart Certification Catalog Number
1992 Language WEA International 9 4509912062
1996 Seventh Wave Warner Music 5 0630159462
2002 Shine: The Best of Annie Crummer Warner Music (NZ) 23 0927482502
1996 ENZSO
(with ENZSO)
Epic Records
2001 Live in Paradise
(with When The Cat's Away)
EMI 7 NZL: Platinum 537030

Compilation appearances

Annie Crummer has appeared on a few compilations in New Zealand. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by Annie Crummer.

Singles as main artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1982 "Once Or Twice" 16 Non-album single
1992 See What Love Can Do"
(featuring Herbs)
3 Language
"Language" 3
1993 "See Forever"
"Seven Waters" 18
"Let It Shine" 11 Non-album single
1996 "State of Grace" 8 Seventh Wave
"U Soul Me" 21
1997 "I Come Alive"
2002 "Love Not War" 46 Non-album single
2010 "Had It Comin'" Non-album single
2010 "Let It Fly"
2010 "Ocean Moon (1st Tide Mix)"

|- | "—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory. |- |}

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1985 "For Today"
(with the Netherworld Dancing Toys)
3 Painted Years
1986 "Ngoi Ngoi"
(with the Patea Māori Club)
Poi E
1988 "Melting Pot"
(with When the Cat's Away)
1 Non-album single
"New Zealand Expo Song: God Defend New Zealand"
(as the Patea Maori Club)
Non-album single
1989 "Free Ride"
(with When the Cat's Away)
12 Non-album single
1996 "I Hope I Never"
(as part of Enzso)
"Keeping Up The Love Thing"
(as the Katene Sisters)
3 Non-album single
2003 "Another One Bites the Dust"
(with Queen)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) RENT Auckland Season website
  2. "Polynesian Diva reigns supreme". 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. Annie Crummer's long-term artistic achievement was honoured with the Senior Pacific Artist Award and $10,000. Starting her music career as a child-performer, Ms Crummer released her first single at age 16 and as an established solo artist, has supported some of music's biggest acts including Sir Paul McCartney, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson. Of Tahitian and Cook Island descent, Ms Crummer is a household name, with numerous music awards behind her. She has released two albums, a 'best of' CD, is working on her next album and has expanded her career to include musical theatre.
  3. "Queen's Birthday honours list 2017". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  4. "Annie Crummer: 'I can't read or write but I have magic'". 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
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