Australian Women Musicians

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Throughout history, there have been many Australian women musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female musicians such as Sia, Olivia Newton-John, Orianthi, Jessica Origliasso, Emma Watkins.
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 1 
Kylie Minogue
(Her Single 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' Became One of The Most Successful Singles of The 2000s)
Kylie Minogue
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Birthdate: May 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Regarded as a timeless icon, Kylie Minogue is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of her generation. Referred to as the Princess of Pop and Goddess of Pop, she is the best-selling female Australian musician of all time. Also known as the Mother of Reinvention, Kylie is revered for her contribution to fashion and music.

 2 
Sia
(Australian Pop Singer Known for Such Hits as 'Chandelier,' 'Elastic Heart' and 'Clap Your Hands')
Sia
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

 3 
Iggy Azalea
(Rapper Whose Musical Act Came Second to Rank at Number One & Two Simultaneously on The Hot 100)
Iggy Azalea
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Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her viral and chart-topping tracks Pu$$y, Two Times, and Fancy. A high-school dropout, she had worked illegally in Miami, before she hit the jackpot with her Billboard-topping debut album, The New Classic. She was the first non-American female rapper to top the Billboard chart.
 4 
Olivia Newton-John
(One of the Best-selling Artists, Who Starred in the Musical 'Grease')
Olivia Newton-John
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Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, US
Died: August 8, 2022

Olivia Newton-John's breathy voice and stunning beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s. She charmed generations of movie viewers in the blockbuster film Grease. Following a string of country and soft-rock hits, Newton-John starred opposite John Travolta in the 1978  blockbuster Grease, considered as one the most popular movie musicals of all time.

 5 
Toni Watson
(Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Best Known for Her Single ‘Dance Monkey’)
Toni Watson
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Birthdate: August 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mount Martha, Australia

Toni Watson is an Australian singer-songwriter whose single, Dance Monkey, broke Bing Crosby's all-time Australian record by spending 24 weeks at number one position on the ARIA Singles Chart. The single also earned Toni Watson several prestigious awards, such as APRA Music Award and ARIA Music Award.

 6 
Orianthi
(Australian Musician and Guitarist Known for His Association With Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson)
Orianthi
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Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Named one among the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine, Australian musician, singer and songwriter Orianthi Penny Panagaris began playing the guitar at the age of three and moved to acoustic by six. At fifteen, she began her professional career, concurrently focusing on songwriting and released her debut independent album at the age of 20. 

 7 
Emma Watkins
(Musician, Singer)
Emma Watkins
5
Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Australia’s beloved Yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins grew up trained as a classical dancer and later became the first female member of the Australian dance group the Wiggles. She also completed a film studies course on a scholarship. Emma is an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, having suffered the ailment herself.  

 8 
Judith Durham
(Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter)
Judith Durham
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Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

Judith Durham is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. In 1963, she became the lead singer of the popular folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers, which became the first Australian pop band to achieve major sales and chart success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her services to music earned her the title Victorian of the Year in 2015.

 9 
Jessica Mauboy
(Her Album 'Been Waiting' Became The Second Highest-Selling Australian Album of 2009)
Jessica Mauboy
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Birthdate: August 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Jessica Mauboy is an Australian singer, actress, and songwriter. She started hogging the limelight after finishing second in the fourth season of Australian Idol, which was aired in 2006. One of the most successful female artists in Australia, Mauboy has received several awards, such as ARIA Music Awards.

 10 
Jessica Origliasso
(Pop Singer and One Half of Pop Duo 'The Veronicas')
Jessica Origliasso
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Jessica Origliasso is one-half of the Australian pop-duo The Veronicas that she formed with her identical twin sister, Lisa Origliasso. They rose to fame with platinum-certified studio-albums like The Secret Life of... and Hook Me Up, and singles like You Ruin Me. They have also acted in the television series Cybergirl and co-designed a fashion line for Target.    

 11 
Indiana Evans
(Actress)
Indiana Evans
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Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Indiana Evans is an Australian actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing Matilda Hunter in a TV soap opera titled Home and Away, for which she won the Dolly Teen Choice Award under the Queen of Teen category. Evans is also known for contributing immensely to the 2011 soundtrack for series three of H2O: Just Add Water.

 12 
Tina Arena
(One of the Best-Selling Australian Pop Artist Worldwide)
Tina Arena
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Birthdate: November 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Tina Arena is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and musical theatre actress. Having sold more than 10 million records worldwide, Arena is one of the highest-selling Australian artists. Tina Arena has won several national and international awards, including two World Music Awards and seven ARIA Awards so far. In 2015, she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

 13 
Courtney Barnett
(Rock Singer Known for Her Deadpan Singing Style and Witty, Rambling Lyrics)
Courtney Barnett
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Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

 14 
Tash Sultana
(Known for the Hits ‘Notion’, ‘Gemini’ and ‘Synergy’)
Tash Sultana
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Birthdate: June 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

 15 
Tammin Sursok
(Actress known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009))
Tammin Sursok
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Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Tammin Sursok is an actress and singer whose portrayal of Dani Sutherland earned her the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2001. Sursok is also known for her singing skills; her debut studio album Whatever Will Be peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Charts. Apart from acting and singing, Sursok has also been campaigning against bullying.

 16 
Alice Englert
(Actress)
Alice Englert
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Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 17 
Brody Armstrong
(Singer-Songwriter, and Guitarist Known as the Frontwoman for Punk Bands 'The Distillers' and 'Spinnerette')
Brody Armstrong
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Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 18 
Danielle Spencer
(Singer-songwriter and actress who released singles like "Blast Off" and "Forgive Me.")
Danielle Spencer
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Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 19 
Tal Wilkenfeld
(Musician)
Tal Wilkenfeld
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Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She developed an early interest in music and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. She is the bandleader of her own bands and has also performed in collaboration with artists including Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Mick Jagger. She is a regular practitioner of meditation. 

 20 
Chrissy Amphlett
(Former Singer best known as the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls)
Chrissy Amphlett
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Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
Died: April 21, 2013
 21 
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
(Musician, Actress)
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
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Birthdate: September 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wollongong, Australia
 22 
Betty Who
(Pop Singer Best Known for Her Singles ‘Somebody Loves You’ and ‘Heartbreak Dream')
Betty Who
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Birthdate: October 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Betty Who is a singer-songwriter best known for her cover of Donna Lewis’ song I Love You Always Forever. Born in Australia, she moved to USA as a young girl to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. She began her career as an independent artist and later signed with RCA Records. She is openly bisexual. 

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate Miller‐Heidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

 24 
Missy Higgins
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Missy Higgins
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Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins is known for her chartbusting singles such as Scar and Where I Stood. She has also performed at international events such as TEDx. Her hit album The Sound of White made it to the top 5 of the End of Decade Top 100 Albums Chart in 2010.

 25 
Lisa Gerrard
(Most prolifically using the yangqin)
Lisa Gerrard
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Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
 26 
Kasey Chambers
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Kasey Chambers
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Birthdate: June 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Gambier

Though known as a country singer, Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers also mixes folk, blues, and rock n’ roll in her music. Born to the country singer duo Bill and Diane Chambers, she joined her family band at age 10. She later released chartbusting solo hits such as Not Pretty Enough.

 27 
Alison Wonderland
(Record producer)
Alison Wonderland
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Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 28 
Sophie Lowe
(Actress)
Sophie Lowe
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Birthdate: June 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK
 29 
Lisa Origliasso
(Australian Pop Singer Best Known as One-Half of Pop Duo 'The Veronicas')
Lisa Origliasso
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia

Lisa Origliasso is an Australian singer-songwriter best known for forming the popular pop duo The Veronicas along with her twin sister, Jessica. Origliasso is also known for her humanitarian efforts; in 2006, she joined the Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, an organization that aims at protecting animals and their natural environments.

 30 
Ricki-Lee Coulter
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Birthdate: November 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland
 31 
Samantha Jade
(Winner of fourth season of The X Factor Australia)
Samantha Jade
3
Birthdate: April 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
 32 
Lenka
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)
Lenka
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Birthdate: March 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bega, Australia
 33 
Laura Imbruglia
(Singer, Songwriter)
Laura Imbruglia
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Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian indie singer Laura Imbruglia is better known as the sister of popstar Natalie Imbruglia, who once rocked the charts with her global hit Torn. Known for tracks such as Looking for a Rabbit, Laura has also written the web series Amateur Hour and appeared in the TV series Crash Palace.

 34 
Rebecca St. James
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)
Rebecca St. James
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Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
 35 
Gabriella Cilmi
(Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician)
Gabriella Cilmi
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Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: City of Greater Dandenong
 36 
Olivia Nervo
(Disc jockey)
Olivia Nervo
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Birthdate: February 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Electronic dance musician and songwriter Olivia Nervo is one-half of the Australian DJ duo Nervo that she formed with her twin sister, Miriam. Over the years, they have spawned charting singles like We're All No One and The Way We See the World. The Grammy Award-winning single When Love Takes Over by David Guetta was co-written by the Nervo sisters.

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Miriam Nervo
(Disc jockey)
Miriam Nervo
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Birthdate: February 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Miriam Nervo is an Australian electronic dance musician and songwriter, who formed the DJ Duo NERVO along with her twin sister, Olivia, at the age of 18. However, their career actually took off when at the age of 21, they signed with Razor Boy Music Publishing, shortly co-writing When Love Takes Over, which made them famous overnight. Their debut album, Collateral, was released in 2005. 

 38 
Christine Anu
(Singer, Actor)
Christine Anu
2
Birthdate: March 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairns
 39 
Suze DeMarchi
(Singer, Songwriter)
Suze DeMarchi
2
Birthdate: February 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth
Anita Lane
2
Birthplace: Melbourne
 41 
Nikki Webster
(Actor, Singer, Model)
Nikki Webster
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Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney
 42 
Vanessa Amorosi
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Vanessa Amorosi
2
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne
 43 
Loene Carmen
(actor, singer, songwriter, film actor)
Loene Carmen
2
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Adelaide
 44 
Deni Hines
(Solo artist known for the single 'It's Alright')
Deni Hines
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 45 
Tkay Maidza
(Singer-songwriter known for her 2014 songs 'U-huh' and 'Switch Lanes')
Tkay Maidza
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Birthdate: December 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
 46 
Ella Hooper
(Singer-songwriter)
Ella Hooper
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Birthdate: January 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
 47 
Megan Washington
(Singer, Songwriter)
Megan Washington
2
Birthdate: January 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Moresby
 48 
Montaigne
(Art pop singer-songwriter-musician and Twitch streamer)
Montaigne
0
Birthdate: August 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 49 
Karise Eden
(Singer-songwriter who became the winner of the first series of The Voice Australia)
Karise Eden
2
Birthdate: July 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gosford, Australia
 50 
Anja Nissen
(Singer-songwriter)
Anja Nissen
2
Birthdate: November 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winmalee, New South Wales, Australia