Damhnait Doyle

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Damhnait Doyle is a well-known Canadian singer, songwriter, performer, and creator.  Spanning a music career of more than two decades, she has released nine full length recordings as both a solo artist and a member of award-winning groups Shaye and The Heartbroken. She has toured Canada extensively, opening for legends like Willie Nelson and Steve Earle and has lent her voice to numerous recordings including albums by Kevin Parent and Bruce Cockburn.

In 2020, Damhnait expanded her creative horizons yet again, guest hosting CBC’s Weekend Mornings.  In 2021, she became a full-time CBC Music Radio Host.

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Since 2018, she has become an active advocate for songwriters – serving on the board of SOCAN as well as the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, she’s also been busy writing songs for Kids television – including for the popular “Thomas The Tank Engine”. In addition to her regular commercial voice acting gigs, in 2021 Damhnait voiced the character of Vala for the video game, Warframe. Dav also recorded “Me and The Sky” for the Covers From Away compilation – Newfoundland artists covering the songs from the hit musical of the same name.

Damhnait has travelled to both Kabul and Kandahar to perform for Canadian Forces personnel, and journeyed to Kenya to contribute to the music-focused documentary Song for Africa, a project aimed at raising awareness among Canada’s youth about the AIDS pandemic in Africa. She later returned to Rwanda to continue the initiative.

A Multiple ECMA, SOCAN, and Canadian Radio Music award winner, and a multi JUNO, CMAO and CCMA award nominee, Damhnait has written songs for numerous artists, as well as for film & television. For several years, she wrote a weekly column for Newfoundland and Labrador’s “The Evening Telegram”, and she released a book called “Miscellaneous Female”, recounting her life as a travelling musician and writer.

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