“He is a giant, musically and lyrically” (VanDyke Parks).
A multi award-winning folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia,
Ernest’s soulful voice brings songs that belie his age with lyrical expressionism that draw comparisons to the work of Ray Lamontagne, Bon Iver and Jeff Buckley.
Armed with only a guitar and a stomp box he is a master of the stage that audiences follow and continue to return for. After Ernest’s performance at the 2023 FAI official showcase, American Folk legend and Grammy lifetime achievement award recipient, Tom Paxton went backstage, shook Ernest by the shoulders and said, “Keep doing this, keep doing this!”, he couldn’t get enough. Ernest has received several industry deals as a result of his talent and presence, including management and an international booking agent.
He has since released three original singles from his highly-anticipated new album – a project five years in the making. The single Rigged Games spoke volumes on behalf of Ernest’s unfiltered, authentic approach to the art-form, with live performance clips depicting compelling devotion to the heartache and desperation conveyed in his lyrics and signature voice. Along with the single So Far, the new music has amassed thousands of streams online, and Ernest’s second and third single Yellowstone and I Won’t Take Your Honesty Away has earned high-rotation on Australia’s Public Broadcaster ABC Country and ABCDoubleJ. He has just released his fifth single Tail Tale to brilliant acclaim, including Tower of Song program presenter Henry Wagons stating “Ernest Aines is a dexterous guitarist and brilliant vocalist”.
“Ernest Aines has the kind of voice that turns every head towards the stage and suspends conversation” (Independent Music Review).