Born 1947 in
Auriel is an Indigenous Australian country musician of the
Arrernte people of
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,
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
1970s was a regular guest on
the Johnny Mac Show,
"Country and Western Hour" and the
Moving to NSW to further her
career toured with Brain Young throughout the outback of
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
Hands Of Fame
2000 - She appeared in the
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
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
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.