Jul 12, 2018


Nominated in this year's awards in the BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST category, is Stella Donnelly for her EP Trush Metal.

Stella Donnelly’s debut EP ‘Thrust Metal’ was written over the space of two years; a musical undertaking resulting in a bold and unapologetic repertoire of songs which has propelled Donnelly to the forefront of the new guard of Australian songwriters.

The five-track release (including the brilliant 'Mechanical Bull' and wrenching 'Boys Will Be Boys') received critical acclaim on home soil and has since been picked up internationally by Pitchfork, NPR and more. In 2017, the Fremantle resident won the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, as the ‘most outstanding talent’ at Brisbane’s Bigsound conference, a swathe of Western Australian Music Industry Awards, and triple j’s ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ award.

Donnelly recently inked a global record deal with the highly esteemed US label Secretly Canadian and took Austin’s SXSW conference by storm, where she was named a stand out act by The New York Times, NME, DIY Magazine, LA Times and more.

Donnelly’s relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism. With a debut album in the works for 2018, Donnelly has an astronomical year ahead of her.

All awards winners will be announced at the 2018 AIR Awards on Thursday 26 July at the Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide.

Don't forget about our Apple Music playlist and Spotify Playlist full of our 2018 nominees. 

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