Aboriginal singers compete for Australia's outstanding person of the year

Published 17 January 2014, 13:09 AEST

Australian Aboriginal singer Shirley Morris was selected as the Outstanding Person of the Year in the Northern Territory. She is one of the contenders for the "National Outstanding Person of the Year" announced on the Australian National Day on January 1. The Australian Prime Minister will announce the winner by then Candidate.

Speaking of Shellie Morris (Shellie Morris), Australians know that she is a modern folk song and folk rock singer. In fact, Shirley is not only a powerful singer, but also a composer. She is also committed to helping compatriots write stories and record their own experiences in their own languages ​​in the indigenous communities. In addition, she also teaches the indigenous people to compose music in their own languages.

Shirley was adopted by a non-indigenous couple since she was a child and grew up in the suburbs of Sydney. Because she is very interested in music and singing, her adoptive parents provided her with the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument. Shirley also received opera training and once focused on singing gospel songs.

An accidental opportunity brought Shirley to the northern region, where she first came into contact with the indigenous people in a remote area, leaving a shocking impression on her. She decided to move to Darwin, the capital of the northern region, and find a family member who was directly related to her, and found out that her grandfather had a good singing voice and superb skills in playing guitar.

Shirley won the title of Best Female Musician at the Northern Territory Aboriginal Music Awards twice and was nominated for Best Album of the Year. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra once played her songs. Shirley was invited to sing her songs at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada in 2010.

In recent years, Shirley has been actively involved in the education of indigenous communities in the northern region. She visited more than 50 indigenous communities to hold songwriting workshops. She also served as the Fred Hollows Foundation's eye disease prevention project ambassador and Jimmy. Ambassador of the Jimmy Little Foundation's Kidney Disease Prevention and Treatment Project to raise the health awareness of indigenous people.

Her unremitting work for Aboriginal health and maintaining a unique culture has made her a strong contender for the title of "Australia Outstanding Person of the Year" this year.