SJD Profile

aka Sean James Donnelly, The Purple People Eater
Gary Steel
28 May 2013

We’re not exactly short of fine singer-songwriters in New Zealand, but Sean James Donnelly is the best example of a new breed of songwriters who are just as at home with synthetic textures and subtly original structures as organic instrumentation and traditional song form.

Emerging from obscurity in the late 1990s as a quirky electronic artist, SJD (Sean James Donnelly) went on to confound his ardent fan base and staunchest critics by evolving into one of our finest songwriters, winning major awards along the way and becoming a trusted collaborator with first division legends Don McGlashan and Neil Finn.

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Beautiful Haze
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Superman You're Crying - Radio New Zealand session (July 2015)
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Stinky Jim and SJD, 2007
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SJD with The Pajama Club
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SJD - A Boy
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Baby You're Oh So
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The Witness
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Sean Donnelly at Auckland's Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi, 2015
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SJD - Southern Lights (Kid Loco Remix)
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Tree People
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Inside SJD's West Auckland HQ
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I Wrote This Song For You
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SJD - Rising Falling Rising
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Bad Karma In Yokohama
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Little Pieces (2015)
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SJD - Superman You're Crying (from the album Southern Lights, 2004)
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Superman You're Crying (live at Radio NZ, July 2015)
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SJD - I Wanna Be Foolish (2014, directed by Greg Page)
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SJD's Lost Soul Music from 2003
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Sean Donnelly, 2011
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SJD, The Bads and Mulholland at The King's Arms, March 2014
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Make Love Ask Questions Later
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Saint John Divine, released in March 2015
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Making Music - SJD (2005)
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Members:

Sean James Donnelly - multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, vocals, bass

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Round Trip Mars

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Trivia:

Donnelly’s Taite Music Prize win in April 2013 included a heavy trophy and $10,000 in cash.

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