Damhnait Doyle

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Damhnait Doyle

Newfoundland singer Damhnait Doyle began her professional music career in the middle of the ’90s. After the release of a few singles and debut album Shadows Wake Me in 1996, the young singer toured Canada with Steve Earle in support of his album I Feel Alright and landed award nominations for Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Best New Solo Artist, and Video of the Year. Not a bad start.

In 2000, Doyle released her follow-up album, Hyperdramatic which included the single “Tattooed”. “Never Too Late”, directed by Rob Heydon was nominated for Video of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. In 2001, Doyle won four ECMA’s, including Video of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.

In 2003, Doyle’s third album, Davnet, was released. The CD was produced and co-written by Gordie Sampson at Lakewind Sound Studios, his Cape Breton recording studio. The first single was “Another California Song”, written by Doyle and Sampson. The video featured Doyle’s Shaye bandmates Kim Stockwood and Tara MacLean. A video was also released for “Traffic”.

In Christmas of that year, she went to Kabul, Afghanistan, to sing for the Canadian troops there, on the Christmas special Rick Mercer’s Christmas in Kabul.

She has worked with Alexz Johnson, co-writing two songs on Songs from Instant Star, then four on Songs from Instant Star Two. She recorded two songs on Songs from Instant Star 3: “Just the Beginning” as well as “Darkness Round The Sun” and two songs on Songs from Instant Star 4: “The Music” and “I Still Love You”. The song “Say What You Will” was featured in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode “The Bitterest Pill”, where the school held a memorial for J.T. Yorke, who was fatally stabbed in the prior episode.

She did a duet with Rex Goudie on his album Look Closer, on the song “Like I Was Dying”, which she also co-wrote.

In 2008, Doyle lent her voice to the title sequence of Degrassi: TNG, and her version of the theme was used for the show’s eighth season.

In 2009, Doyle, along with Blake Manning, Stuart Cameron and Peter Fusco, formed a new band called The Heartbroken. They released their debut album Tonight Tonight in June 2010. In September 2016, they released their follow up recording, Storm Clouds.

Doyle wrote a song for a play her father Clar Doyle wrote for EDFNL, titled the same as the play: Are You Watching Me Now?.

In April 2019, Doyle released another solo album, Liquor Store Flowers.

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