Born in Babinda, outside of Cairns, Queensland, La-Donna Hollingsworth is of the Buluwai clan of the Djabugandji speaking nation and Kuku Bidiji Aboriginal peoples of the Atherton Tablelands, Cairns and Cape York Peninsula areas. Her family has a long history of involvement in community music and she herself is a singer and songwriter.
La-Donna is a graduate from the Centre of Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM), in Adelaide. During her time at CASM, she toured with them for performances at the Opera House - 'First Australians', Indulkana Aboriginal Community, Tahiti Festival, Adelaide Festival and the Banks Azuar, where they collaborated and composed many original works. She has performed nationally and internationally at festivals and cultural events as well as in theatre, film and television. She is motivated to perform for several reasons: firstly, it is “in her blood”; and secondly, it is a way to present messages drawing attention to issues impacting not only on her life but also on the lives of others.
La-Donna Hollingsworth is a firm supporter of social justice for everyone and much of her music reflects those concerns – but her music is also a celebration of Indigenous Australian culture.