ARIA nominee, Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer. Created at the junction where strength meets vulnerability, Mama Kin’s music is best described as soul folk. Unafraid to mine the depths of the human condition, Mama Kin taps raw emotions, pushing the boundaries of self-expression.
Her ARIA-nominated sophomore album The Magician’s Daughter followed on from the war-cry that was her debut Beat and Holler, firmly solidifying Mama Kin’s reputation as a purveyor of foot-stomping bass lines and ballads of open-hearted tenderness.
Propelled by the idea of connection and alchemy, Mama Kin confronts the veil between the darkness and the light: the place where magic lives. This is not the magic of top hats and rabbits, card tricks and disappearing acts. For Mama Kin, it is transformation through subtlety, the moment we are touched by the sense of things we don’t quite understand, but at the same time somehow inherently know.
“Magic occurs for me when someone’s own stories, songs and performance move me so deeply that I somehow feel more connected to myself and everything that surrounds me,” Mama Kin says. “The very things that inspire me also conspire to create my greatest challenges and breakthroughs.”
Beyond the depths of the human condition is Mama Kin’s connection to her family. As the youngest of six children, Danielle Caruana was born into a family of Maltese extraction and her childhood was immersed in music. Brother Michael Caruana now plays keys in her band; brother Nicky Bomba was responsible for recording her first demos and dubbed the songbird Mama Kin and her sister Carmen taught Danielle to sing.
Mama Kin has shared stages nationally and internationally with the likes of The Cat Empire, Ani di Franco, Katy Perry, Gurrumul, The Waifs and John Butler Trio. As mischievous as she is charming, Mama Kin is renowned for her stirring live shows, where storytelling, intimacy and community reign.