Casey Donovan

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Biography

After a meteoric rise to fame at the tender age of 16, when she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol, Casey Donovan has gone on to make an indelible mark on the Australian theatre and music scenes.

Donovan’s Australian Idol success saw her make regular appearances on television, radio and in print media across Australia. She was also a star performer at many major events, including the Commonwealth Games, Woodfood Dreaming Festival and Foxtel’s 10th Birthday.

Fastforward to the present day and Donovan is a multi-award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen With Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. She has not only re-established herself as a solo Independent artist with the release of an Independent EP Eye 2 Eye, but also cemented her position as one of Australia’s most promising Indigenous entertainers, with regular appearances on Vibe Alive Tours and a regular segment on Deadly Sounds with Rhoda Roberts.

It was Rhoda Roberts, who, in 2009, suggested that Donovan (then starring in the successful concept show Women of Soul) make her theatrical debut in a production of Miracle In Brisbane for the Brisbane Festival. This was to be the first of many diverse theatrical performances and only the following year, Donovan won praise from the critics in the 2010 season of The Sapphires, presented by Company B Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company. She went on to take home the Best Supporting Actress award at the 4th Deagu International Music Festival Awards and, as The Sapphires toured internationally, Donovan’s portrayal of Cynthia was to see her receive rave reviews in Australia, London and Korea.

With a renewed confidence and outlook on life, in 2010 Donovan returned to the music arena with the release of her hotly anticipated single Big, Beautiful & Sexy. As a result of this inspirational song, she not only garnered new fans Australia-wide, but also became a poster girl for fuller-figured women. Her online Facebook support group Big, Beautiful & Sexy is now nearing 9,000 fans and Donovan herself is feeling healthier and more fabulous than ever.

Donovan has taken her Big, Beautiful & Sexy ethos further by touring in her own show, which has seen the remarkable singer perform to sell out crowds at some of the country’s most coveted venues and participate in events such as Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Rocks Festival of the Voice, Darwin Festival and Yabun Festival.

In 2011, Donovan returned to the stage and, after winning critical acclaim for her performance as Mama Cass in the Melbourne production of new Australian musical Flowerchildren, went on to headline her own Mama Cass shows in Sydney and Canberra. In addition to headlining Vibe Alive tours across Australia and securing a residency at Sydney’s coveted venue StoneWall, Donovan also supported the legendary Cyndi Lauper on her Australian National Tour.

When not wowing audiences with her powerhouse vocals, Donovan also hosted the 2011 Deadly Awards alongside Aaron Pederson and flexed her acting muscles in another Company B Belvoir production, this time as Audrey in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

2012 is already gearing up to be yet another busy year, with the return of Casey’s acclaimed Big, Beautiful & Sexy show. The talented performer will also headline the Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s Spirit Festival and perform part of several other festivals.

Donovan will also continue to lend her name and support to a number of charitable and non-profit organisations in her roles as Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

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