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Donnelle Brooks grew up in the sleepy farming town of Laidley, west of Brisbane. She started writing songs from an early age, it is her way of interpreting the things she sees, hears and feels.
She is also the frontwoman of raunchy Blues/Rock band Don and The Mobsters, and is constantly balancing on a knife’s edge between sassy rock chick and heartfelt folk singer. She aspires for the cheeky stage persona of her idol Tim Rogers. Her natural charisma shines through in her organic yet polished stage presence.
Her main influences are songwriters such as Jewel and the aforementioned Mr. Rogers, who she admires for their ability to write a well turned phrase. Indeed the imagery that can be conjured up with powerful lyrics is one of the key motivators in her songwriting.
Last year Donnelle was a feature artist at the Ekka, performing daily at the John Reid Pavilion. Donnelle is now a resident artist at the Green Bar in Coorparoo and has been revitalising their Friday night format with acoustic music showcases featuring emerging local talent. She released her first self titled EP in 2011 and is currently working on her second EP, due for release in late 2014.