Emma Donovan

Australian singer Emma Donovan

Emma Donovan is an Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter. She is a member of the renowned Australian musical family the Donovan family. She started her singing career at age seven with her uncle's band, The Donovans. In 2000 she became a founding member of Stiff Gins, leaving the band three years later to release the solo album Changes in 2004. She performs with The Black Arm Band, and released a solo EP, Ngaaraanga, in 2009.
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  • 2010
    Age 29
    She has also performed her solo material at the Royal Festival Hall and London, Musee de Quai Branli in Paris, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia, the Treaty Grounds of Waitangi in New Zealand, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
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    A music video for the single was shot in Donovan's home region of Nambucca, and released in May 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    She won Best Female Artist and her single "Ngarraanga" won Best R&B Single at the inaugural 2009 BUMP Awards. "Ngarraanga" was also nominated for two 2009 Deadly Awards; Single of the Year and Best Female Artist.
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    She won Best Female Artist at the 2009 BUMP Awards.
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    She performs with The Black Arm Band, and released a solo EP, Ngaaraanga, in 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    In 2007 she performed at the WOMADELAIDE festival, various festivals in Melbourne, and the Sydney Opera House with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
    Simultaneously while working on murundaki in 2007, Donovan was working on more of her own material with drummer Yanya Boston.
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    Donovan was invited to become the youngest member of The Black Arm Band in 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006 she performed at the Perth Festival of the Arts, the Australian Performing Arts market in Adelaide, the Waitangi Day Ceremony in New Zealand, The Dreaming Festival in Queensland, and a short tour to Paris.
    Which Way Program (2006) In 2006, Donovan went into the studio to record three songs with longtime writing partner Yanya Boston, a drummer she had met while performing with the Stiff Gins.
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  • 2005
    Age 24
    In 2005, Donovan embarked on an Australian tour to promote the album.
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  • 2004
    Age 23
    Donovan released her debut solo album Changes in 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    After touring both nationally and internationally, Donovan left the group in 2003 to work on solo material with industry professionals.
  • 1999
    Age 18
    In late 1999, Donovan formed the vocal acoustic band Stiff Gins with Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs after meeting at the Eora College.
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  • 1997
    Age 16
    Education Emma's family moved frequently, and she attended multiple schools in New South Wales and WA, with an extended time spent at North Newtown Primary. In 1997, at age sixteen, Donovan was studying contemporary music at the Eora College for Performing Arts in Chippendale, New South Wales.
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  • 1981
    Age 0
    Heritage Emma Donovan was born in 1981 at Liverpool, Australia, a suburb of Sydney.
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