Indigenous Artist - Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan

Birth name Daniel Leo Sultan
Born December 1983 (age 27)
Origin Williamstown, Melbourne
Occupations Singer-songwriter,
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1996 - Present
Labels TrueForm Recording,
MGM Distribution
Associated acts The Black Arm Band

1996: Career Beginnings

His father was Irish and his mother, Roslyn Sultan, was Aboriginal from the Arrernte and Gurindji people. Sultan's father, a lawyer, worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service and as a result the family also lived in Yuendumu (300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs) in the Tanami desert, as well as Cairns in Queensland. He started playing guitar aged four and wrote his first song at ten.
With Scott Wilson he has released an album called Homemade Biscuits with the help of John Butler's Seed program. Sultan won the Single Release of The Year at the 2007 Deadly Awards for his song "Your Love is Like a Song".

His second album, Get Out While You Can, was released in November 2009. It reached #1 on the independent Australian charts and was a Triple J feature album.
His band is made up of Wilson (vocals and guitar), Joshua Jones (bass), Peter Marin (drums), Gina Woods (keyboards), Steven Veale (horns) and Ben Veale (horns).
Sultan made his screen debut in the 2009 film Bran Nue Dae, together with Geoffrey Rush, Missy Higgins and Jessica Mauboy. Sultan and his band have performed at most major Australian music festivals. Paul Kelly invited Sultan and Wilson to contribute to the Kev Carmody tribute album, Cannot Buy My Soul, as well as the concert of the same name at the Sydney Festival 2008 and Queensland Music Festival 2009.

Sultan is a member of The Black Arm Band, a collection of many of Australia's premier Aboriginal musicians. In September 2010 Sultan received four ARIA Music Awards nominations: 'Best Blues and Roots Album'; 'Best Male Artist'; 'Best Independent Release' and 'Most Popular Australian Artist'. On November 2nd, 2010 Sultan won his first ARIA Music Award for Best Blues and Roots Album winning over contenders such as John Butler and Ash Grunwald. On November 7th, 2010 he won an ARIA for Best Male Artist.

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Jessica Mauboy

Our featured Indigenous Artist is the very talented, 2006 Australian Idol runner up & 2009 Deadly three time award winner for "Best Female Artist", "Best Single" with Burn and "Best Album" Been Waiting. Jessica has also starred in this years box office hit "Bran Nue Dae" see the movie preview, on the Deadlys Page.

Read the review here