Downtown Announces First Signing in Australia

Downtown is excited to announce our first singing in Australian with singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly. Stella has received unprecedented critical-acclaim in her home country, including being named ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ by Australian national radio station Triple J.

Last week, it was announced that Stella took the top honors at Western Australian Music Awards (WAM) Song of the Year Awards, winning the Grand Prize with her highly regarded single, “Boys Will Be Boys.” Stella has been rising on the strength of her 2017 debut EP, Thrush Metal, released on Healthy Tapes in Australia, and reissued in the US by Secretly Canadian. Just in the past twelve months, Stella won Bigsound’s inaugural Levi’s Music Prize as the ‘most outstanding talent’, a swathe of Western Australian Music Industry Awards, including Best EP, Best Folk Act, Best Single, Best Female Vocalist and Most Popular New Act, and was nominated for Best Independent Artist and Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year for the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards.

More recently, Stella shared the New Zealand-filmed video for her second single, “Mechanical Bull” and received invitations to perform at world-renowned music showcases in the UK’s The Great Escape and Austin’s SXSW. Stella has also travelled to London to perform sold out shows as part of The Great Escape’s ‘First 50,’ from which she has kicked off tour dates in Australia, US, UK and Europe.

I’m so pleased to be signing a world deal with Downtown Publishing and also to be the first of many artists that represent the Australian base that the amazing Rachel Kelly has opened with her great world team around her. It’s been a pleasure meeting everyone already, exciting times ahead!”

- Stella Donnelly

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