Donna Burke

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Donna Burke
Birth name Donna Margaret Burke
Born (1964-12-12) 12 December 1964 (age 51)
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia Australia
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, narrator, voice actress, businesswoman, teacher
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels Dag

Donna Burke (born 12 December 1964 in Perth, Australia)[1] is an Australian singer, voice actress, and businesswoman.


Burke graduated from Edith Cowan University. Her education included "operatic voice, speech and drama",[1] and she received classical voice training for ten years.[2]

From 1989 to 1995 Burke taught Media, English and Religious Education to senior students at Chisholm Catholic College. She moved to Japan in 1996 and initially worked as a teacher of English before obtaining some recording work.[1][3]

Burke married Bill Benfield,[when?] a British former teacher. In 2004, Burke and Benfield started a record label, Dagmusic, which catered for foreign artists. Burke released her debut album, Lost and Found, through Dagmusic.[1][4][5]

Burke has worked as a freelance announcer at NHK since 1999. She also is the lyricist for numerous Japanese TV commercials, anime songs, and J-pop group tunes.

Burke created Hotteeze,[when?] a company she created to export Japanese heat pads worldwide.

Voice work[edit]

Burke's voice has been used in Japan since 2005 for announcements on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system. Her voice is also used in Narita Airport Delta lounges and in English-language guidance for the Emperor Showa Memorial Museum.

In 2007[citation needed], Burke narrated a documentary titled Climate in Crisis - Part 1, which won the 2007 silver medal for Environment/Ecology at the New York Television Festival and the 2007 Earth Vision Award at the Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival.



Video games[edit]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Lost and Found (with 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)[11]

Other discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ "YKK presents "FASTENING DAYS"". Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Acting". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Behind The Voice Actors - Donna Burke". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 27 January 2016. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources. 
  9. ^ "English Voice Cast Announced For NightCry | Rely on Horror". Rely on Horror. 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  10. ^ a b Kemps, Heidi (31 December 2014). "Interview: Donna Burke, veteran singer and voice actor". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Blue Nights – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "METAL GEAR SOLID VOCAL TRACKS". Konami. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Singing". Retrieved 7 April 2016. 

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