Dan Sultan performing at the 2009 Darwin Festival
|Birth name||Daniel Leo Sultan|
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
|Genres||Alternative rock, World Music, Roots|
|Instruments||Vocals, electric guitar, six-string guitar|
|Years active||1996 - present|
|Associated acts||The Black Arm Band|
Daniel Leo Sultan was born in 1983 and grew up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. His father was Irish and his mother, Roslyn Sultan, was Aboriginal from the Arrernte and Gurindji people. Sultan's father, a lawyer, worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service and as a result the family also lived in Yuendumu (300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs) in the Tanami Desert, as well as Cairns in Queensland. He started playing guitar aged four and wrote his first song at ten.
With Scott Wilson he has released an album called Homemade Biscuits with the help of John Butler’s Seed program. Sultan won the Single Release of The Year at the 2007 Deadly Awards for his song "Your Love is Like a Song".
His band is made up of Wilson (vocals and guitar), Joshua Jones (bass), Peter Marin (drums), Gina Woods (keyboards), Steven Veale (horns) and Ben Veale (horns).
Sultan made his screen debut in the 2009 film Bran Nue Dae, together with Geoffrey Rush, Missy Higgins and Jessica Mauboy. Sultan and his band have performed at most major Australian music festivals. Paul Kelly invited Sultan and Wilson to contribute to the Kev Carmody tribute album, Cannot Buy My Soul, as well as the concert of the same name at the Sydney Festival 2008 and Queensland Music Festival 2009.
Sultan is a member of The Black Arm Band, a collection of many of Australia's premier Aboriginal musicians.
On 2 November 2010 Sultan won his first ARIA Music Award for Best Blues and Roots Album winning over contenders such as John Butler and Ash Grunwald.
On 7 November 2010 he won an ARIA for Best Male Artist.
Sultan currently resides in Melbourne, with his girlfriend, Jade Blair.
- Homemade Biscuits - TrueForm Recording (SULT001) (13 March 2006)
- Get Out While You Can - Independent/MGM Distribution (SUL002) (6 November 2009) AUS #90
- "Your Love is Like a Song" (2009)
Awards and nominations
|2011||"Letter" (Dan Sultan, Scott Wilson)||Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
- Bran Nue Dae - Lester (2009)
- McCabe, Cathy (22 May 2010). "Sultan of zing". Perth Now (The Sunday Times). Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- FasterLouder Dan Sultan, Falls Festival, 01/01/04
- Gibson, Joel (7 March 2008). "Dan Sultan - the black Elvis?". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- Bible, Georgina (5 May 2010). "Meet the Sultan of blues". The Northern Star (APN News & Media). Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- Living Black Profile on Dan Sultan
- Spillett, Emma (6 May 2010). "Savouring success". Illawarra Mercury (Fairfax Media).
- Heath, Matthew (4 March 2010). "Bran nue Sultan of swing". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media).
- The Newcastle Herald, 24 January 2008, "He is the Sultan of sing" by Stephanie Bradley
- Sunshine Coast Daily, 1 May 2010, "Sultan's on a career high"
- Kelton, Sam (20 May 2010). "Dan Sultan waiting for his big break". Adelaide Now (The Advertiser). Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- http://ausindies.com.au/awards.html, Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR) 2012
- Sunday Telegraph, 2 August 2009, Homemade Biscuits review
- Herald Sun, 19 November 2009, "the sultan of simplicity", review by Cameron Adams
- The Age, 20 November 2009, Get Out While You Can review by Jo Roberts
- The ARIA Report, issue 1057
- "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Nominations > Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year – 2011". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
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