Emma Donovan

Emma Donovan


fusing soul, reggae, folk, and indigenous Australian Language of the Aboriginal People, Emma Donovan voice will move your soul and touch your spirit. Backed by her versatile musicians this band will surely have you on the dance floor.


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 leading 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 that features Gumbayngirr Lady. Gumbayngirr Lady was also the title of a documentary on Emma, filmed and aired by SBS in 2004 and often repeated both in Australia and New Zealand 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 saw Emmas first international performances. First was in Greece, to perform for the opening of the ‘Indigenous Australia Now’ exhibition prior to the Athens Olympics. 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 made radio play lists around the country, including the Qantas Inflight music station, which 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 in the ABC series Dynasties, filmed on location in Woodford, QLD in 2005, where she was performing at the inaugural Dreaming Festival. She also had trips to New Zealand as well as appearing across Australia for various appearances.

2006 was performances at the Perth Festival of the Arts, the Australian Performing Arts market in Adelaide, Waitangi Day Ceremony in New Zealand, The Dreaming Festival in QLD, as well as a tour to Paris. Emma has also found time this year to sneak into the studio to begin work on a new album, recording three songs with long time writing partner, Yanya Boston (Fruit/Nessa Morgan), along with Rob Wolf (Guy Sebastian, Diesel) and Adam Ventoura (Jon Stevens). Emma was also invited to sing on the new album from Blue King Brown “Stand Up”. You can hear Emma featured on their track “Water”.
2007 has already been a busy time for Emma. In February Emma launched her latest EP to a sell out crowd at Sydney Opera House as well as travel back to New Zealand to perform at the National Kapa Haka championships, New Zealands most prestigious cultural festival. March saw performances at WOMADelaide as well as the Melbourne FINA festival. With return headline performances at The Dreaming Festival in QLD later this year, as well as tour to New Caledonia coming up Emma keeps moving from strength to strength.
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.


Debut Album- Changes
WhichWay Up- EP

Set List

average set generally between 45 mins to 90 mins