aka Sean James Donnelly, The Purple People Eater

We’re not exactly short of fine singer-songwriters in New Zealand, but Sean James Donnelly is the best example of a 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 an idiosyncratic 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.

Baby You're Oh So
Lava Lamp
SJD - Miniatures 1
Sean Donnelly at Auckland's Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi, 2015
SJD - I Wanna Be Foolish (2014, directed by Greg Page)
Saint John Divine, released in March 2015
Beautiful Haze
SJD and Julia Deans in a 2017 promotional photo.
SJD - Rising Falling Rising
SJD - Southern Lights (Kid Loco Remix)
Little Pieces (2015)
Sean Donnelly, 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Deborah Smith
Superman You're Crying - Radio New Zealand session (July 2015)
SJD with The Pajama Club
Photo credit: Photo by Jackson Perry
SJD, The Bads and Mulholland at The King's Arms, March 2014
Cartoon Villains
SJD - A Boy
SJD - Superman You're Crying (from the album Southern Lights, 2004)
I Wrote This Song For You
Make Love Ask Questions Later
Stinky Jim and SJD, 2007
Photo credit: Photo by Andrew Dubber
Sean Donnelly, aka SJD
Photo credit: Photo by Deborah Smith
SJD - The Corner at Half-Five
The Witness
Inside SJD's West Auckland HQ
SJD's Lost Soul Music from 2003
Bad Karma In Yokohama
Superman You're Crying (live at Radio NZ, July 2015)
Tree People
Making Music - SJD (2005)

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


Round Trip Mars


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

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