Auriel ANDREW OAM (1991)

Auriel Andrew

Born 1947 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Auriel is an Indigenous Australian country musician of the Arrernte people of Central Australia.

The youngest of seven children, Auriel Andrew started singing when she was four.

Auriel's first singing job was in Cooper Peddy, in a tin shack called The Italian Club.

Andrew grew up in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, leaving for Adelaide, South Australia aged 21 to pursue her music career.

Auriel was the first indigenous woman to perform on Australian television. She made her debut on the JOHNNY MACK SHOW in 1969 on CHANNEL SEVEN in Adelaide.

1970s was a regular guest on the Johnny Mac Show, Channel Nine's Reg Lindsay's "Country and Western Hour" and the Ernie Sigley Show.

Moving to NSW to further her career toured with Brain Young throughout the outback of Australia. Making live appearance in 2TM radio program “Country Muster”

1980s – Appeared in several Australian television series.

She performed at the grand opening of the Sydney Opera House, recorded iconic anthem "Brown Skin Baby" with Bobby Randall and sang "Amazing Grace" in Pitjantjatjara for Pope John Paul II during his Australian tour.

1991 – Inducted into Tamworth’s Hands Of Fame

2000 - She appeared in the SBS documentary "Buried Country" about Aboriginal country music.

2005 - NT Indigenous Music Awards. Inducted into the Indigenous Music Awards Hall Of Fame

2007 - She appeared in the show “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” written and performed by English artist Christopher Green in the guise of Tina C. at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

2008 - At "The Deadlys" was awarded The Jimmy Little Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music

Auriel recorded her first EP with Nationwide Records in Adelaide & it was so popular she went back and cut a full album. Her next release was “The Chocolate Princess” for Opal Records in Tamworth. A cassette especially for children was recorded through Enrec.

2011 - Awarded the O.A.M for services to Aboringal people.

Auriel and her son Ruben Andrew have created a show for NSW school children, using songs and storytelling to promote Aboriginal culture.

2017 - Passed away on January 2nd.