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Stella Donnelly adds an Unearthed Artist of the Year to her many WAMAwards

24 Nov

One of the highlights of WAMFest presented by Drug Aware (proudly supported by City of Perth and Lotterywest) and the leading WAMAwards winner (as photographed at the awards by Dan Mac), the enigmatic and emotionally spellbinding Stella Donnelly has taken out the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year.

triple j had this to say about Stella and her win:

“Perth-based perfect human Stella Donnelly has seen things go from zero to a hundred real quick after starting the 2017 with zero solo releases to her name. Once she uploaded her debut track ‘Mechanical Bull’ to the site in April the Unearthed team took notice, and we weren’t the only ones.

As well as booking in live slots with heavy hitters like San Cisco, Ali Barter and Polish Club, Stella put in a star-making turn on the Unearthed stage at BIGSOUND this year, wowing the crowd of industry bigwigs and punters with her ability to dissect raw subject matter with wit and breathtaking incisiveness.

Stella will pull you in close with her incredible voice before breaking your heart with piercing song writing – no more apparent than on the momentous ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, Stella’s timely confrontation of toxic masculinity and sexual predation which has earned her international praise from Pitchfork and The New York Times too.

“It’s just been a year of doors opening,” Stella says of her big win. “I’ve been really lucky to meet so many amazing people from the music scene. Big shout-out to Alex The Astronaut, Confidence Man, Baker Boy, and Ruby Fields – you’re all amazing and been such a strong year. [Let’s] just go bowling, hang out!”

Stella’s J Award triumph as the Unearthed Artist of The Year caps off a massive year for the Perth talent and we can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Huge congrats and we can’t wait to see what further adventures this helps take Stella on!


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