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Deadlys Nominees 2011: Female Artist of the Year


Jessica Mauboy

Jessica first graced Australian television as a shy 16-year-old on Australian Idol in 2006. She signed to Sony Music Australia before the show had wrapped, and released her debut album Been Waiting in 2008. The album earned double platinum sales and produced her first number one single Burn as well as the album’s other top 10 hits, Because and Running Back.

In 2009 Jessica starred in the feature film Bran Nue Dae alongside Geoffrey Rush, Dan Sultan and Missy Higgins.

Last year, she released her second studio album, Get ’em Girls, which featured the top-10 hit Saturday Night.

Naomi Pigram

Singer/songwriter Naomi Pigram has emerged from a dynamic musical background in Broome.

She has previously fronted One Strum and St Agnes and her song writing incorporates a characteristically soulful and finely wrought sound and heartfelt lyrics.

She released her first solo album Other Side of Town in 2009.

Naomi won the Too Deadly Female Vocalist of the Year award in Perth in 2009, and was also nominated for Most Promising Artist and Female Artist of the Year on the strength of Other Side of Town. She has also toured nationally with the Jimmy Chi theatre production Corrugation Road.

Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris has been described as an Aboriginal chanteuse of rare grace and is a featured singer with the celebrated Black Arm Band.

Shellie has performed everywhere from rural outback Australia to London Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

She has won Female Musician of the Year at the NT Indigenous Music Awards and album, Waiting Road was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2007 Deadly Awards.

Last year, Shellie sang alongside international stars Sinead O’Connor, John Cale, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rickie Lee Jones and Gurrumul Yunupingu for the show 7 Songs to Leave Behind.

Deborah Cheetham

Soprano, actor and author of the internationally acclaimed play White Baptist Abba Fan – Deborah Cheetham has established her place as an artist in great demand.

Since her international debut as a singer in 1997 she has performed in the theatres and concert halls of United States, Europe, the UK, New Zealand and throughout Australia.

She is also the writer, composer, director and lead performer in Pecan Summer – Australia’s first Indigenous Opera based on the Cummeragunja walk-off, which premiered in Shepparton Victoria in October 2010. Deborah wrote, composed and performed in the production by the Short Black Opera Company.

Casey Donovan

In 2004, Casey Donovan became the youngest winner of Australian Idol at 16.

A multi-award winner and nominee, Casey has made regular appearances on television and radio and been a star performer at major events including the Commonwealth Games and the Woodford Dreaming Festival.

After Australian Idol, Casey re-established herself as a solo artist and released her EP Eye 2 Eye.

Inv2010, Casey received rave reviews for her role as Cynthia in the musical production The Sapphires, presented by Company B Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company.

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