Donna Burke

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Donna Burke
Birth name Donna Margaret Burke
Born (1964-12-12) 12 December 1964 (age 50)
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Pop, jazz, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, narrator, voice actress, entrepreneur, teacher
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels Dag

Donna Burke (born 12 December 1964) is an Australian singer, voice actress, and entrepreneur. She was raised in Perth and moved to Tokyo, Japan in 1996. Burke has released three albums: Lost and Found (with her husband Bill Benfield) in 2000, Blue Nights in June 2005; a Celtic compilation, Éirí na Gréine (2001) and a maxi single. As a voice actress she is heard on anime and video game soundtracks, including Turn-A Gundam, Haibane Renmei, Vandread, Tokimeki Memorial, Tales of Legendia, Final Fantasy, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. She has acted in several video games, such as OutRun 2, the Shenmue, and the Silent Hill series, and has been credited in several OVA's such as Strange Dawn, Hoshi no Koe and Trip Trek and the anime series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's. Burke is the voice of Hel in Boktai, Ursula in Lunar Knights, and Norah in the Sega game Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice. Additionally, she is the lyricist for numerous Japanese TV commercials, anime songs, and J-pop group tunes.

Burke's voice is used in Japan as the guidance voice since 2003 on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system. She is heard in Narita Airport Northwest Airlines lounges and as the English guidance for the Emperor Showa Memorial Museum. Burke has worked as a freelance announcer at NHK since 1999 on various documentaries, NHK Specials and reading the nightly bilingual news. She narrated the Climate in Crisis - Part 1 which won the 2007 silver medal (Environment Ecology) at the New York Television Festival and the Earth Vision Award in 2007 at the Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival. Burke and Benfield started an agency, Dagmusic, in 1999 for foreign singers, voice actors, composers and musicians living in Tokyo. She splits her time between music and Hotteeze, a company she created to export Japanese heat pads worldwide.


Donna Margaret Burke was born on 12 December 1964 and was raised in Perth.[1] Her education included "operatic voice, speech and drama".[1] She received classical voice training for ten years.[2] Burke graduated from Edith Cowan University. From 1989 to 1995 she taught Media, English and Religious Education to senior students at Chisholm Catholic College. Burke moved to Japan in 1996 and initially worked as a teacher of English before obtaining some recording work.[1][3] By 1999 she was married to British-born, Bill Benfield, who was also a former teacher. They started a talent agency, Dagmusic, in 1999 which catered for foreign artists.[1] Together they issued her debut album, Lost and Found, in 2000 on Dag Music;[1] which includes jazz music cover versions of "Wichita Lineman", "Annie's Song" and "Danny Boy".[4][5]


Solo discography[edit]

  • Lost and Found (by Donna Burke and Bill Benfield) (2000)[5]
  • Éirí na Gréine (2001)
  • Donna Burke with the David Silverman Quartet (2002)
  • Goodbye Nakamura EP (2004)
  • Blue Nights (1 June 2005)[7]

Featured discography[edit]

  • Can Still See the Light / Phantasy Star Online 1&2 (2000-2002)
  • The "Yamaha Educational Children's Songs" CDs / Various Artists (1997-2003 - vocals for several tracks)
  • "Para Para Panic" CDs - Volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 / Various Artists (2000 - vocals for several tracks)
  • Konami Beatmania - "Hero" / Various Artists (2000 - vocals for several tracks)
  • "ABBA Ibiza Caliente Mix" / ABBA, Sabu (2001 - vocals for several tracks)
  • Vandread: Original OVA Soundtrack 1 / Yasunori Iwasaki, Various Artists (2001 - vocal for "What a Wonderful World)
  • Vandread: Original OVA Soundtrack 2 / Yasunori Iwasaki, Various Artists (2001 - vocal and lyrics for "Somedays")
  • Turn-A Gundam: Original Movie Soundtrack - "Wakusei no Gogo, Bokura wa Kisu wo Shita" / Yoko Kanno (2002 - vocal for "After All")
  • "Seven"/ V6 (2002 - lyrics for "One")
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - "Morning Sky" and "Moonless Starry Night"
  • "RWC Music Database: Royalty-Free Music" / Various Artists (2003 - vocals for several tracks)
  • Haibane Renmei: Original OVA Soundtrack 1 - "Hanenone (ハネノネ)" / Kow Otani, Masumi Sakaue (2003 - vocal and lyrics for "Wondering")
  • Konami's Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova - "Star Gate Heaven" and "Star Gate Heaven (FUTURE LOVE Mix)" / Various Artists (2006 - in collaboration with Sōta Fujimori)
  • Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Dancing Summer Vacation - "Hero ~Dancing Summer Mix English Ver.~"
  • Sega Outrun 2 - "Life Was A Bore"
  • The Last Remnant - "Journey's End"
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - "Heavens Divide"
  • God Eater - "God and Man"
  • Tales of Legendia - "Hotarubi" and "My Tales" with Gab Desmond
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - "Sins of The Father"
  • Tokyo Ghoul√A - "Glassy Sky"


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kato, Mariko (16 February 2010). "Instinct Key for Singer-Entrepreneur". The Japan Times (Toshiaki Ogasawara). Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Japan-Australia Music Artist Exchange in Roppongi". Year of Exchange (Japan Australia Cultural Exchange Association). August 2006. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Nibayashi, Maki. "Life in Japan: Donna Burke". Metropolis (341). Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lost and Found – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Burke, Donna; Benfield, Bill (2000), Lost and Found, Dag Music. National Library of Australia, retrieved 16 January 2014 
  6. ^ Kemps, Heidi (31 December 2014). "Interview: Donna Burke, veteran singer and voice actor". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Blue Nights – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

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