Portrait of Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris

Multi-award-winning musician Shellie Morris is one of Australia's darlings – featuring at festivals, corporate events and community events around the world. The 2014 NT Australian of the Year and NAIDOC Artist of the Year has graced stages from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, to Darwin Festival in August and then on to Lajamanu community with AMRRIC.

Shellie has performed with the award-winning Black Arm Band, collaborated with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and cowrote the music for award-winning music documentary, Prison Songs, with Casey Bennetto (Paul Keating the Musical).

Shellie is multilingual, speaking parts of more than 17 Aboriginal languages, and has worked with over 40 different communities – performing singer-songwriter workshops in different languages and styles.

As an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, she has helped raised awareness for the organisation and assisted their fundraising. In 2009, she traveled with Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil through different communities, collaborating with musicians along the way as he featured in a documentary that tracked his journey. From her work on the big stages with John Cale, Sinead O’Connor and Gurrumul Yunupingu to sitting round a campfire with a guitar, her music speaks of shared experience and backgrounds.

Shellie won the 2012 national Music in Communities Award from the Music Council of Australia. She is a two-time winner of Female Musician of the Year at the NT Indigenous Music Awards, and her language album Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu (Together We Are Strong), created with the Borroloola Songwomen, won 2012 and 2013 National Indigenous Music Awards. In 2013, Shellie won a Deadly Award for her community commitment.