Dec 21, 1994
Height & More
5 ft 5 inch
Thelma Amelina Plumbe (born 21 December 1994, Brisbane), who performs as Thelma Plum, is an Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter–guitarist from Delungra, New South Wales. Her debut album, Better in Blak, was released in July 2019 and peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, she won Best Cover Art for Emilie Pfitzner’s work.
She is a Gamilaraay woman from Delungra. Plum graduated from the Music Industry College, Brisbane, and spent most of her early life in that city.
She won Triple J’s National Indigenous Music Awards competition in 2012 and was nominated for a Deadly Award for Most Promising New Talent in Music and for an Unearthed J Award. She released her debut extended play, Rosie, in March 2013 and followed with her second EP, Monsters (July 2014). By that time she had relocated to Melbourne.
Plum appeared at Womadelaide in 2014 and 2019, has toured around Australia, and has been on rotation nationally on Triple J. She released her debut album, Better in Blak, in July 2019.
The video for the single, “Better in Blak“, was nominated for Film Clip of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards. In October 2019 she came at No. 7 in Happy Mag’s list of “The 15 Australian female artists changing the game right now.” At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, she received six nominations and won Best Cover Art for Emilie Pfitzner’s work on her album.
- In January 2020, Plum became the highest-ranking Indigenous artist ever in the Triple J Hottest 100, when Better in Blak charted at number 9. Two months later, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In May 2020, Plum released a cover of Powderfinger’s “These Days”.
- The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognize songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Plum has been nominated for two awards.
- The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Thelma Plum won an award from six nominations in 2019.
- The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of the award.
- The National Indigenous Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes the achievements of Indigenous Australians in music. Thelma Plum has won two awards.
She won Triple J’s National Indigenous Music Awards competition in 2012 and was nominated for a Deadly in Most Promising New Talent in Music as well as for an Unearthed J Award.
She’s originally from New South Wales.
Emma Donovan is also an indigenous singer/songwriter from Australia.