Nellie Donovan came from a simple background, growing up with three older brothers and loving parents on a dairy farm in Conondale, Queensland. It was a happy childhood and Nellie was kept busy with horse riding, fishing, motorbike riding, rodeos, picnic races, and local dances to attend. It was only later in life, after she landed a lead role in her grade 12 production of “Grease Lightning” that Nellie found her true calling and began to follow a path in music. From there she started singing at friends weddings and it wasn’t long before Nellie was fronting a local cover band performing in clubs and corporate functions around Queensland.
Gaining in confidence, Nellie drew inspiration from artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Eva Cassidy, and Sarah McLachlan and took the first steps towards expressing her feelings in song when she was introduced to respected producer Michael Flanders through a mutual friend. This led to her teaming with established writers Chaise Flanders, Col Finley, and Jason Kemp and Nellie’s songs began to take shape. With an arsenal of quality songs, a top-line producer, some of Australia’s finest musicians and her raw talent and passion Nellie entered the studio to fulfill a lifelong dream and record the album she knew in her heart that she had to make. The result is a collection of superbly crafted songs with an edgy, modern country texture, with Michael Flanders subtle production ensuring Nellie’s compelling vocal treatment comes to the fore.
“Watching the musicians weave their magic to make the songs come to life has been the most incredible experience”, Nellie recalls. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such masters of the music industry. Michael Flanders and Jason Millhouse are an amazing team. To watch them in action is like watching one person create a masterpiece right in front of your eyes.”
Nellie’s Debut single, Sing Me An Angel, was released to radio in August, 2005 on NfS 99, closely followed by the clip(Ross Wood) on CMC. It received tremendous air play in Australia and Internationally both on radio and CMC and paved the way for this new and exciting artist.
Nellie Donovan’s debut album, Steppin’ Out was released in Tamworth in January, to an immediate and enthusiastic reaction from both fans and reviewers.
Since Tamwoth the phone has not stopped, with invitations to appear at some of Australia’s most prestigious Country Music Festivals, a multitude of interviews from radio and media, a double page story in Capital News and outstanding album reviews.
Steppin Out also reached the top 10 selling albums with ONE STOP ENTERTAINMENT and is currently the best selling album to be featured with on line music store GUM TREE MUSIC.
Nellie’s Second single, the infectious, Cruising, written by Jason Kemp, was released to radio on NfS 104 in April and has already been receiving great feedback with interviews on radio all over Australia. The clip for Cruising, shot in Berry NSW by Ross Wood, is now playing on the COUNTRY MUSIC CHANNEL at high rotion.
The former hairdresser has her sights firmly set on a career in Country Music and there’s no doubt that the warmth and sincerity that shines through in her performance will win her a loyal legion of fans everywhere she is heard.