Stella Donnelly

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Stella Donnelly
Donnelly in 2017
Donnelly in 2017
Background information
Birth nameStella Donnelly
Born (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 28)
Western Australia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2016–present

Stella Donnelly (born April 10, 1992) is an Welsh-Australian musician. Born in Western Australia to a Welsh mother,[1] she spent some childhood years living in Morriston before moving to Perth, Australia with her family.[2]

Early life[edit]

Donnelly first started singing when she joined a rock band in high school (Irene McCormack Catholic College) that performed Green Day covers. After high school, Donnelly studied contemporary and jazz music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.[3]

Personal life[edit]

For recreation, Donnelly enjoy playing squash, swimming at beaches, birdwatching, gardening, completing cryptic crosswords, cooking, rock climbing with her partner, and playing board games with friends.[4][5] In an interview with The Line of Best Fit, she stated:

"My version of taking a break [from recording and touring] is filling up my day with as many activities as possible."[4]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Donnelly describes Billy Bragg and Courtney Barnett as musical influences.[6]

Political views and activism[edit]

Donnelly is a supporter of various social and political causes. Her 2017 debut single "Boys Will be Boys", written about societal attitudes towards women and her friend's experience of sexual assault,[7][8] was dubbed a "#MeToo anthem" (despite being written and released prior to the widespread global coverage of the movement).[7][8]

Donnelly is opposed to the celebration of Australia Day. In a 2019 interview with The Guardian, she stated:

"It's a really nationalist, white pride day... and it's actually a very historic day for Indigenous Australians – an invasion day, and a day of mourning."[7]

Donnelly supports same-sex marriage, and was "relieved" when it was legalised in Australia in 2017.[7] Donnelly is pro-choice.[7]


Donnelly released her first EP titled Thrush Metal in 2017 on the record label Healthy Tapes.[9] In 2018, the EP was reissued in the United States by the American label Secretly Canadian.[10][11][12] She released her debut album, Beware of the Dogs, on 8 March 2019 via Secretly Canadian.[13] It received widespread acclaim from critics,[14] including Robert Christgau, who praised it as a "musical encyclopedia of [male] assholes".[15]

At the 2019 ARIA Music Awards, Beware of the Dogs was nominated for Breakthrough Artist.[16] In October 2019, Donnelly came at no.6 in Happy Mag's list of "The 15 Australian female artists changing the game right now".[17]

Before her solo projects were published, Donnelly was part of two bands called BOAT SHOW and BELL RAPIDS.[18]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Beware of the Dogs 15


Title Details
Thrush Metal
  • Released: 6 April 2017
  • Label: Healthy Tapes
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming


List of singles, with year released and album details shown
Title Year Album
"Mechanical Bull"[21] 2017 Thrush Metal[A]
"Boys Will Be Boys"[8]
"Talking"[22] 2018 Non-album single
"Old Man"[23] 2019 Beware of the Dogs
"Season's Greetings"[27]
"Love Is in the Air"
(Triple J Like a Version)[28]
2020 Non-album single


  1. ^ "Boys Will Be Boys" is also included on Beware of the Dogs.[20]


  • Levi's Music Prize at Brisbane's Bigsound conference (2017)
  • Best EP, Best Folk Act, Best Single, Best Female Vocalist and Most Popular New Act at the Western Australian Music Industry Awards (2018)[29]
  • Unearthed Artist of the Year from Triple J (2017)
  • 2020 AIR Awards - 3 nominations (awards occur in October 2020).[30]


  1. ^ Kingsmill, Richard (12 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly - 2020". ABC. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  2. ^ "About Stella Donnely, Australian Singer-Songwriter". Stella Donnelly. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  3. ^ "About Stella Donnely, Australian Singer-Songwriter". Stella Donnelly. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b Crudgington, Kate (7 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly is pushing on through the haters". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  5. ^ Daly, Rhian (January 2020). "Stella Donnelly: "You have to stand up for people that don't have a voice"". NME. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  6. ^ Birrell, Alice (29 December 2019). "Stella Donnelly on fashion, sexism and proving people wrong". Vogue Australia. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e Snapes, Laura (13 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly: 'I'm more than happy to cause friction among the right wing'". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Mapes, Julian (4 November 2017). ""Boys Will Be Boys" by Stella Donnelly Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  9. ^ Akinfenwa, Jumi. "Thrush Metal songwriter Stella Donnelly is a feminist folk hero on the rise". Fact. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ D'Souza, Shaad. "Stella Donnelly "Mechanical Bull"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Stella Donnelly Signs International Deal With US Indie Label". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  12. ^ Hatfield, Amanda. "Stella Donnelly signed to Secretly Canadian, re-releasing EP & touring". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  13. ^ Blais-Billie, Braudie. "Stella Donnelly Announces Debut Album, Shares New Song "Old Man": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Beware of the Dogs". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (6 April 2019). "Robert Christgau on Stella Donnelly's Musical Encyclopedia of Assholes". Vice. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  16. ^ "ARIA Awards: 2019 ARIA Awards Nominated Artists Revealed". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  17. ^ "The 15 Australian female artists changing the game right now". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Stella Donnelly". triple j Unearthed. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Thank U, Next gives Ariana Grande fourth week at #1". ARIA Charts. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  21. ^ Newstead, Al (27 February 2018). "Watch: Stella Donnelly's 'Mechanical Bull' video is a biting satire worthy of her wit". ABC. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Talking – Single by Stella Donnelly on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  23. ^ Newstead, Al (10 January 2019). "First Spin: Stella Donnelly announces debut album with 'Old Man'". ABC. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  24. ^ Palermino, Chris Leo (31 January 2019). "Stella Donnelly shares lo-fi video for reflective new song "Lunch": Watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  25. ^ Schatz, Lake (27 February 2019). "Stella Donnelly is fed up on new song "Tricks": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  26. ^ Martoccio, Angie (9 May 2019). "Watch Stella Donnelly evade death in new video for 'Die'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  27. ^ Martoccio, Angie (5 November 2019). "Stella Donnelly gets into a food fight in 'Season's Greetings' video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  28. ^ "Love Is In The Air (triple j Like A Version) – Single by Stella Donnelly on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  29. ^ "Tame Impala & Stella Donnelly Among 2018 West Australian Music Award Winners". Music Feeds. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  30. ^ "2020 AIR Awards Nominees". scenestr. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.

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