Beauty In The Ashes

Beauty In The Ashes
Donna Muir

Donna Muir grew up as the eldest of five children in Gisborne. Of Scottish and Maori (Aitanga a Hauiti/Ngati Porou) descent. She left school at 14 and worked in shearing sheds before moving to Australia. She as �searching� in those teenage years and this led her to become a Christian at the age of 20, Donna worked for Youth With A Mission and moved around NZ as a missionary. These years opened Donna�s eyes to the many hardships that exist in NZ and the many needs of everyday people. This is reflected to Donna�s lyrics and music.

Donna�s first significant creative outlet was drama and in her 20�s she was involved with Puawai Performing Arts and studied at NZ Drama School, Toi Whakaari. Donna is currently a practicing mid-wife based in Porirua.

After an interest in music as a child and then as a vocalist for Wellington band Salt Licks, Donna began writing songs in 2003. Assisted by musician friend and producer Johnny Spence, Donna recorded the album Beauty In The Ashes to be released in August 2010.

Beauty In The Ashes

Beauty In The Ashes is a strong and passionate body of work.

The title of the album Beauty In The Ashes reflects Donna�s hopefulness and positivity even during the most difficult times in your life. Wide Open Spaces is inspired by a family member who literally climbed out of windows at a very young age. This lead to encounters with the police, early and repeated incarceration, bouts of homelessness and addiction. �I transposed this story into recognition of the greater, mostly Maori male population who have experienced the same problems.� Little Things, Memory and Fading were all written in response to the death of a family member or friend; woven into the strands of grief is the encouragement to treasure our family and our friends. Crown Street highlights Donna�s concern for the infirm elderly in our society and the care they receive. Donna believes that the power of simple acts of kindness, given and received, can just as readily facilitate positive change (in Kindness To Strangers) as rules and regulations promulgated by politicians.

From Featherston To New York
Beauty In The Ashes was recorded in a garage in Featherston and co-composer, Johnny Spence�s flat in Wellington. The album was mastered by Littman Mastering in New York.

For further information contact Donna Muir at Tel. 04-3839990 or James Moss at


Fall Down
Wide Open Spaces
Chasing The Wind
Kindness To Strangers
Emperor's Clothes
Crown Street
Memory Of You
Little Things
Emperor's Clothes II
Fall Down (Collapser Remix)
Emperor's Clothes (Relentless Remix)

Cat No: Title: Beauty In The Ashes
Barcode: 0 Artist: Donna Muir
Label: Price: $20.00