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Ben Tyler and James Emery on behalf of Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris

Artist of the Year

Ben Tyler and James Emery accepting on behalf of Shellie Morris

Already the 2014 Northern Territory Australian of the Year, Shellie Morris is a strong contributor to the music industry in Australia. So far this year she has collaborated with artists from New Zealand and Scotland in the Boomerang project. She has performed at WOMAD NZ, Sydney Opera House for Homeground Festival and at the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Culture 2014 as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Celebrations, including the Queens Baton Relay and Commonwealth Games Festival.

As well as her musical accomplishments, Shellie’s success is evident in the personal engagement she has with those around her using her talents and gifts to improve the lives of Australia’s Indigenous People.

Over the past 12 months, Shellie has worked with Southern Youth and Family Services, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, Yijala Yala Project, Big hART, the Jimmy Little Foundation, Black Arm Band, Darwin Town Communities Women’s Leadership, Australasian Performing Right Association, Walamun Cultural Festival Bulman-Weemol, Woodford Folk Festival, Charles Darwin University and The Song Peoples Sessions. In addition, together with Northern Territories Library, Shellie co-created two in language baby books to promote healthy babies combining a western and Aboriginal cultural context.

Shellie makes music that empowers people. In a huge moment for her in 2014, Shellie wrote a song for reconciliation with Dan Sultan which will be used as part of the Recognise campaign and will be released nationally later in the year.

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