Dorothy-Jane is a Canberra-based Australian singer, songwriter and blues-harp player. Since 1995 she has performed in and fronted numerous Blues, Jazz and Roots acts, released 8 albums and 2 EP’s.
Her lyrics, performance and presence leave no doubt that she is also a survivor, willing and able to bare her soul through her music. Dorothy-Jane is driven to use her music as a platform to shed light on dark topics. Her songs draw on her lived experiences – cancer, addictions, mental health problems, relationships and sexual abuse to name a few. Her lyrics are brave and unpretentious.
"Raw emotion, poetry and humour depict her fighting spirit and determination to get on with life through adversity.” - Phil Birch-Marston, Artsound FM.
- “…like a full-bodied red wine, they’re a little husky, deep and powerful. They tell a story.” - Regi Su of Get Shot Magazine describing Dorothy-Jane’s vocals.
Falling helplessly and hopelessly in love with the humble blues-harp over 20 years ago was the impetus for her to begin performing in public. Influenced by Australian harmonica legend, Jim Conway and US “white bluesman” Charlie Musselwhite, among others. Dorothy Jane has developed her own distinctive style.
- “...she makes her harmonica strut like an alley cat!” - Rory McCartney of BMA Magazine
Currently living with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer has slowed Dorothy-Jane down a bit but hasn’t stopped her recording a thirteen-track concept album, “The Witness”.
Dorothy-Jane has played countless gigs in Australasia playing Blues, Jazz and Folk clubs, house concerts, country halls, fundraisers for breast cancer support, corporate events and private parties.
With over 20 years in the business Dorothy-Jane has a large body of previous recordings available under these pseudonyms - KarismaKatz, DJ Gosper, DeeJay Gosper, Hot Flush Blues Band, Divine Devilles, Dorothy-Jane with Richard Steele, Jeff & Deej – you can find these on most streaming platforms.
include Blues on Broadbeach, Thredbo Blues Festival, Bendigo Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival, Australian Blues Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival, National Folk Festival and a featured act at numerous Australian Jazz Festivals.
- ‘Gals Got The Blues’ Show with Ali Penney and Fiona Boyes.
- ‘Soul Sisters Sing’ show with the Shoalhaven’s interactive diva, PearlNoire.
- Dorothy-Jane currently enjoys ad hoc performances with local musicians, Chris Harland and Johnny Reynolds, and is working on a new project, putting the Blues back into grass, with guitarist/songwriter, Ben Hoare.
2019: Jeff & Deej, Blues By Candlelight
2016: Dorothy-Jane with Richard Steele, Shut Down
2015: Divine Devilles, High Time (EP)
2015: Song, "Sadder Than Sad" included in "Blues Harp Women" a double compilation album Celebrating female harmonica players, this is the first album of it's kind, with 31 tracks from players across the world.
2013: The Dorothy-Jane Band, Woman on the Run
2012: Ruby's Rebellion, Stick Around EP
2011: DeeJay Gosper & the Hot Flush Blues Band, "The Driver's Seat"
2010: KarismaKatz (with Chris Carlsen), JAZZ
2009: DJ Gosper & the Hot Flush Blues Band, Hot Flush Blues - Canberra Blues Society Awards: Best Blues Album, Best Female Blues Vocalist, Best Blues Song ‘Baby Rose’
2008: KarismaKatz (with Chris Carlsen), Spirit on the Rise – Canberra Blues Society Awards: ‘Burn Baby Burn’ Best Blues Song
2004: The Blues Cowgirls, Ask Any Woman - Canberra Roots Music: Best CD of the Year