Donné brings stories to life with warmth, playfulness and creativity. Her unique voice can stretch from a tiny whisper to a raucous roar. Not only does she create colourful characters, but she brings a wonderful musicality to her narrations.
- Cinnamon Nippard, Journalist & Producer, Kinderling Kids Radio
I'm Donné, and I'm a multidisciplinary artist who has been telling stories for over 16 years.
My background is in words and music.
In 2004, I graduated from UWS with a BA majoring in Performance and Musicology. That same year I wrote and released my first album, Live at the Frequency Lab. It was recorded at Studio 107 by Monkfly, someone who I collaborated with on multiple projects during that time.
In 2008 I returned to University, for a BMus at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Jazz Voice. While studying I worked as a Music Reviewer and reporter for Drum Media, and later as the Sex Features writer for Ralf magazine (ACP) - and yes, both those things were just as fun as they sound.
The following year I wrote and recorded my second album, ACT I & Act II. It was produced by Tony Buchen and I was awarded an AUSCO New Works Grant to have the songs from this arranged for Chamber Orchestra by him and grammy award winning producer, Jeff Bova.
In 2009 I was given the opportunity to live and work in USA, for my third album, KItty Clementine. I worked with Jeff Bova (produced & played with Herbie Hancock), Vinnie Coliauta (drummer for Frank Zappa/Herbie Hancock) and toured with LA-based circus, Lucent Dossier Experience.
After returning from the States to have my son, I started working in Editorial. I was a writer for News Corp's Kidspot for two years and a music reviewer for MusicFeeds. It was during this time that I really began work on side project, The Sheep In Wolf's Clothing. Whenever I had the chance, I would sneak away from my family to work on the book.
I now run my own business doing web design, copywriting and digital marketing. That business is called Nobody’s Business. It allows me time for my own artistic practice while making beautiful things for small businesses I believe in.
I'm still writing that darn book - maybe this year will be the year I'll get to finish it...
If you'd like to learn more about my journey through motherhood, music and art, you may enjoy 8GridProject - my creative space to explore all of this.