WOMAD

Emma Donovan Band

From Australia

Originally hailing from Northern NSW, EMMA DONOVAN grew up in a musical family, which inevitably led to her following the family tradition of singing, song writing and performance. Drawing her influences from many genres such as country, soul, gospel and reggae, Emma has set about developing her sound and songs. She was an original member of vocal trio, Stiff Gins, and played a part in writing and recording their 12 track album Origins, where the award winning single Morning Star came from. Some of Emma's collaborations appear on Australia's Indigenous compilations. Most recently, Koori Time, being a part of the Sending a Message album put out by the ABC, and the Fresh Salt compilation which features Gumbayngirr Lady. Gumbayngirr Lady was also the title of a documentary on Emma, filmed and aired by SBS in 2004 as part of their BLAKTRAX Series. The hour long documentary follows Emma back to her home region of Macksville, NSW, where her musical and cultural history is firmly planted.2004 also saw Emma travel internationally. First, to Greece to perform for the opening of the Indigenous Australia Now exhibition prior to the Olympics, and then to Palau for the 10th Festival Of Pacific Arts. Having performed both nationally and internationally, the next thing for Emma was to record her debut solo album Changes, which was launched in Sydney to a sell out audience. The album is already making radio play lists around the country, including the Qantas Inflight Music Station which has added the title track Changes for regular rotation.2005 saw Emma promoting her album across the country as she continues to establish herself as one of Australia’s finest contemporary performers. Emma appeared this year in the ABC series Dynasties, filmed on location in Woodford, QLD, where she was performing at the inaugural Dreaming Festival. She also had trips to New Zealand aswell as appearing in across Australia for various appearances.2006 has been eventful so far, with performances at the Perth Festival of the Arts, the Australian Performing Arts market in Adelaide, Waitangi Day Ceromony in New Zealand, The Dreaming Festival in QLD, as well as a short tour to Paris.Emma has sung with and alongside many of the most well respected indigenous performers Australia has to offer, such as: Frank Yamma, Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Kerriane Cox, Christine Anu, Stiff Gins, Tiddas, Yothu Yindi, and Jimmy Little. With her fusion of urban soul styles, she is fast becoming one of the artists with the ability to successfully cross over into the mainstream music industry.