Tanya Donelly

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Tanya Donelly (born July 14, 1966, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New England who co-founded Throwing Muses with her stepsister Kristin Hersh. She then went on to work in The Breeders and Belly in the 1990s. In the late 1990s, she settled into a solo recording career, working largely with musicians connected to the Boston music scene.

Donelly is best known for her Grammy nominated work in the mid-1990s as lead vocalist and songwriter for Belly, when she scored a national radio and music television hit with her composition "Feed the Tree". Belly recorded on Sire/Reprise Records and 4AD Records; Donelly's solo works have been released on Warner Bros. Records and 4AD.

Over the years she has listed several musical influences. In one interview she named her guitar playing influences as Marc Ribot, The Beatles, and former band mate Hersh. More recently she mentioned Leonard Cohen as a songwriting hero, citing her then current listening favorites as Lucinda Williams and Joan Wasser, and listing Boston-based groups like the Dambuilders, Pixies, and Count Zero as past favorites. Although Donelly mainly performs her own original songs, she has in recent years added covers of songs by Robyn Hitchcock, Nina Simone, and The Beatles to her repertoire.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Lovesongs for Underdogs 5 3
2002 Beautysleep 5 2
2004 Whiskey Tango Ghosts 5 1
2004 Beautysleep and Lovesongs Demos 2
2006 This Hungry Life 1
Star Demos 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2016 Swan Song Series 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Pretty Deep 5 2
1997 The Bright Light 2
2004 Edelweiss 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Sliding & Diving 2
2001 Sleepwalk 1
2013 Swan Song Series Vol I 1
2013 Swan Song Series Vol II 1
2013 Swan Song Series Vol III 1
2013 Swan Song Series Vol IV 1
2014 Swan Song Series Vol V 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002-02-26: Janice Long Session, BBC Radio2 1

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