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Emma Donovan | Her Sound, Her Story feature



Emma Donovan shares stories about her influence, history and inspiration as a phenomenal woman in the Australian music scene. Big ups to the #hersoundherstory campaign for championing strong women in the music scene!

The #hersoundherstory 12 part videos series can be viewed at www.hersoundherstory.com

EMMA DONOVAN from Her Sound, Her Story on Vimeo.

The Meltdown meets Emma Donovan & The PutBacks | Residency


Every Sunday in April Emma Donovan & The Putbacks AND The Meltdown will be playing back to back for a night of soul music at the Gasometer Hotel (Melbourne).

Emma has been busy playing the Australian festival circuit over the past few months, so this is a great opportunity to see her close and personal.


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Emma Donovan & The PutBacks in India!


Just last week Emma Donovan & The PutBacks were invited to India to celebrate the culture of Indigenous Australians. They performed at the Salaam Baalak Trust DMRC Children Home, as well as a performance at the High Commission. Read more here.

If you want to see them in action, Emma and The PutBacks have a number of shows around Australia over the next few months:

5th March – Mordialloc Food & Wine Festival (VIC) FREE
11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) SOLD OUT
12th March – Golden Plains (VIC) SOLD OUT
20th March – Brunswick Music Festival (VIC) BUY TICKETS
24th March – Byron Bay Bluesfest (NSW) BUY TICKETS

Emma Donovan confirmed for BluesFest 2016 + more!

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks have been announced to play at the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest!! 

In 2015 Emma won Best Indigenous Artist & Best Funk/Soul Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards and played a ton of shows. This year her momentum continues with a slot at Bluesfest alongside D’Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, Hiatus Kaiyote and plenty more.

If you’re a Melbournian like me and can’t make it up to Byron (sad, I know), Emma will also play Riverboats Music Festival (February 20th), White Night (February 21st), and Port Fairy Folk Festival (March 11th).

Emma Donovan

Visit emmadonovan.com for more info

HopeStreet Recordings | 2015 recap

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It’s been a massive year for HopeStreet with the expansion of our team, the launch of our imprint label Wyall Style, a big handful of 7-inch releases and one super funky Salsa record. With the holidays around the corner we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to a little break, but all in all it’s been an extremely satisfying year working alongside our artists.

Six years ago we started this project in the basement of a defunct Karate dojo making small run 45’s for soul heads, and over the years we’ve met with new musicians and artists to create a now solid catalogue of seventeen 7-inch records and six full length LPs. Our artists have received international and national acclaim and won numerous awards, so here’s to another 6+ years of innovative record making for you all. Here’s a record by record recap of the year (earliest to latest):

Cosmetic Love / Jappo 7″ by One Sixth & The Public Opinion Six

Our first split collab joint features MC One Sixth on a funky afro groove with the B-side featuring The Public Opinion Six on the same tune, with percussoinist and singer Lamine Sonko fronting. Literally only a couple of these left – get them here.

Better Days / Sweet Water 7″ by The Meltdown 

Slick country-fried soul done right by The Meltdown. Led by singer Simon Burke, these dudes play solid tunes à la Ray Charles and Eli Paper Boy Reed with a killer rhythm section. Grab the 7-inch here.

Wild Stallion Mountain / Khubsoorat Bewafa 7″ by The Bombay Royale

Our favourite psychedelic bollywood funk/soul/surf superstars released this funky white 7-inch this year. It accompanies a crazy video of desert horse fuelled psychedelia. Grab the few limited white 7-inches here.

Cobaw / Fool’s Gold 7″ by The Cactus Channel

Dark and cinematic bogan jazz boys released this homage to country Victoria with their latest instrumental 7-inch. It explores new sounds, and was recorded by them in their house. Grab it here

Quarter Street LP by Quarter Street

Super solid Salsa Dura done right by Melbourne’s hardest working Latin band Quarter Street. Compared to the likes of Ruben Blades and old Fania recordings… get your copy now!

Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone 7″ by The Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker

Recorded in 2014, this collaboration sat on the shelves until late this year. Super chuffed with this one. The Cactus Channel and old mate Chet Faker sound perfect together. Grab the 7-inch here

Slowly / I Want It All 7″ by Frida (out on Wyall Style Records)

As we mentioned above, we started an imprint label called Wyall Style Records. Run by artists behind The Cactus Channel and Frida, this new label is bringing you music with just as much heart and groove, but through a different set of glasses. Frida explore dark and lo-fi pop soul with their first 7-inch release. Grab it here.

Blackfella Whitefella / Down City Streets 7″ by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks feat. Archie Roach, Tim Rogers & Joelistics

An extremely important record for Australia, this collaboration between Indigenous artists Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics is handing over all proceeds to SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA to raise awareness and funds to help Indigenous people who have been forced out of their home. Support it here.

Kung Fu Pyramids / Snake Eyes 7″ by The PutBacks

The first and original HopeStreet band. These guys brought you our first 45, and they’re back to bring you a record that cooks hard. Kung Fu style. Only 10 left… be quick!

HopeStreet artists win big at The Age Music Victoria awards!

Three big wins for us with Indigenous soul queen Emma Donovan taking out Best Indigenous Artist AND Best Funk/Soul Album, as well as street Salsa kings Quarter Street taking out Best Reggae/Roots Album at this years Age Music Victoria awards!

In September of 2014, acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks came together to bring you Dawn, an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat.

Emma has been kicking even more goals with her recent Double J Artist of The Year nomination alongside Hiatus Kaiyote, Paul Kelly & Tim Rogers. She also recently released a 7-inch vinyl release with Archie Roach, Tim Rogers & Joelistics in support of SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA, with all proceeds going to their cause.

The third win goes to hard hitting street Salsa group Quarter Street for their 2015 self titled album. It “marks a new era in Australian latin music, with their powerful arrangements evoking the 70’s heyday of New York born Salsa Dura”, says Lucky Oceans from ABC RN. The group has been awarded the Clave Contra Clave competition as well as international acclaim as Australia’s new latin sound.

Emma Donovan during the "Dawn" sessions putting down vocals live with the band

Emma Donovan during the “Dawn” sessions putting down vocals live with the band

You can catch Emma Donovan & The PutBacks and Quarter Street alongside Mojo Juju and The Seven Ups at Max Watt’s on November 12th as a part of this years AWME showcase. Tickets here.

Visit www.emmadonovan.com and www.quarterstreet.com for more info.

Blank Tape Music | Show Reel


Some of you may have figured this out already, but we have had a long running relationship with production group Blank Tape Music. They run as an artist management service, label and audio & video production studio based in Northcote, Melbourne. We’ve been working with them on video productions for a number of our artists including Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, Quarter Street, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Meltdown, San Lazaro and One Sixth. Click the names to check the videos out.

They’ve put together a killer reel from the past while, and it features a bunch of our artists. Check it out at


25th Anniversary of Charcoal Lane | Archie Roach

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Archie Roach’s acclaimed Charcoal Lane album with a special edition release to celebrate. Archie’s groundbreaking album is being re-released 25 years on with a 2nd disc full of extras, including Archie with Emma Donovan & The PutBacks on a version of Down City Streets. The special edition also includes live Triple J versions of Archie Roach alongside his late partner Ruby Hunter.

Archie’s legacy to Australian music is incredibly important. His career has paved a path for future Indigenous artists to express themselves, and has given a voice of solidarity to many displaced Indigenous people. Archie’s iconic contribution to the Australian music scene is strong and genuine, and we’re extremely proud to have worked with him.

Archie Roach has been one of Emma Donovan’s big heroes in life, and she is extremely proud to work alongside Archie. Her own musical contribution has made her the rising queen of soul music for Australia, and we’ve had a great time working alongside her.

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks were recently nominated Best Indigenous Act by Music Victoria, as well as their album Dawn for Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album. Keep your eyes peeled for the verdict, and visit JB Hi Fi to support his anniversary album. Take your support further and support #SOSBLAKAUSTRALA by purchasing the 7-inch by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks featuring Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics here.

HopeStreet artists take over AWME


The annual AWME showcase is rolling through again, and we’re proud to say that 3 of our artists are featuring! AWME (Australasian World Music Expo) is an industry and public showcase festival that features the best world, soul, blues and contemporary artists around Melbourne in November.

Previous HopeStreet AWME artists include The Cactus Channel, The PutBacks & The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, Quarter Street and The Meltdown will be playing shows in the Melbourne CBD between Thursday 12th November and Friday 13th November (sp00ky!).

Watch Emma Donovan join Mojo Juju alongside Quarter Street and The Seven Ups at Max Watts on November 12th. TIX HERE

Watch The Meltdown, Deep Street Soul and The Deans play Ding Dong Lounge on November 13th. TIX HERE

Emma Donovan| Amrap’s most ordered artist in FY2015!

Amrap – the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project distributes new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide.Amrap’s AirIt is community radio’s Australian music distribution service. Artists are able to upload their music to AirIt and from there community radio stations can listen to it, order music and play it on their station or radio show.

Amrap’s services have been hugely effective in promoting the music of HopeStreet’s indigenous soul queen – they allow her to build and extend her audience and generate many touring opportunities, particularly in regional areas throughout Australia.

Emma is a perfect example of the opportunities that can come from using Amrap’s services.

In the last financial year (2014-15) Emma Donovan and the Putbacks was the most ordered artist for airplay by community radio from Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service.

Well done Emma and thank you Amrap!

If you’re loving Emma, we have a very special and important record coming out on October 23rd featuring a collaboration between Australian artists Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics. All funds raised from the 7” single are going to SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA to help fight the closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.


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