2023 — 4 speeches
2014 NT Australian of the Year and NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Shellie Morris is one of Australia's finest singer-songwriters.
Her voice and heartfelt music has seen her grace stages from the Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow in 2014, the Sydney Opera House, to the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Skirball Centre in New York.
In 2014, she performed at Showcase Scotland, MIDEM in France, WOMAD NZ, The Queen's Baton and toured China.
Shellie has featured with award-winning Black Arm Band, has collaborated with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and was a composer of Prison Songs - a musical film with Casey Bennetto (Paul Keating the Musical) which is doing the international film festival rounds. Shellie has worked with more than 40 remote communities throughout her career, performing singer-songwriter workshops and learning different First Nations Australian languages and styles.
As an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, she has helped raise awareness of eye health and healthy lifestyles for the organisation and assisted its fund-raising. In 2009 she travelled with Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil through different communities collaborating with musicians along the way as he featured in a documentary that tracked his journey.
Her own recordings are Shellie Morris, Waiting Road, Cloud 9. She is featured on Black Arm Band's Murundak and Hidden Republic amongst others. From her work on the big stages with John Cale, Sinead O'Connor and Gurrumul Yunupingu to sitting around 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 Wifi 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.