Dizzy Doolan aka Charmaine Armstrong is originally born in far North Queensland Townsville, but she grew up in Cairns where she also calls home, her tribes are, Takalak, Agwamin, Gureng Gureng and Wokka Wokka people. Dizzy Doolan is a 37-year-old First Nations hip-hop artist, tearing it up with her fearless style and unique flavour of music.
At the fresh age of 18, Dizzy moved to Brisbane city where she began her professional career in the music industry, she resided in Brizzy for 11 years making a name for herself in the hip-hop scene, Dizzy is currently living back in her hometown Cairns and has been there for the last eight years.
Doolan studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts developing her skills in acting, dancing and music, achieving her Diploma in music as a result, continuing on after college Dizzy has independently gone on to achieve many of her career goals as a performing artist, performing at multiple community events and festivals, also facilitating hip hop workshops across the nation and internationally to help motivate our youth through the magic of music, song and dance.
Dizzy worked with Vibe Australia for 6 years travelling the country performing and doing workshops at Vibe Alive festivals and the Deadly Vibe 3on3 basketball and hip-hop challenges promoting healthy living and being a positive role model for many indigenous and non-indigenous young people. Vibe Australia was the founder of the Deadly Awards that was historically held at the Sydney Opera House as an annual celebration of indigenous achievement. Dizzy has been nominated twice for a Deadly Award and presented multiple awards to First Nations celebrities, she also performed on the Deadly Awards stage in 2012.
Dizzy is multi-talented with her rapping/singing, dancing and acting skills. She was involved in a powerful short film in Sydney called “Mah” based on a true story about Domestic Violence, she played the lead acting role which was written and directed by Danny Johnson.
Dizzy done international shows in New Zealand late 2008, for a mix tape album launch. In 2016 Dizzy went on tour to South East Asia for a dance project called “Move for Reconciliation” where she performed and facilitated workshops in Bali, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.
Dizzy Doolan also had the honour and privilege of performing as the support opening act for international artists, Fatman Scoop and Omarion concert in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in July 2009. Following that show, Dizzy as the opening act, supported international artists Akon and T-Pain in October 2009 in Sydney at the Acer Arena. Doolan also supported Kevin Lyttle in Cairns and Townsville in December 2016 followed by another support act for another Grammy Award Winning artist Mya in January 2017.
2019 Dizzy performed at the Australian Women in Music awards, she was also involved on the hip hop panels and got the chance to feature on stage alongside Australian blues singer Renee Geyer. 2022 Dizzy co-hosted the Australian Women in Music awards ceremony with TV host Yumi Stynes, Dizzy performed an explosive collaboration with music artist BARKAA remixing her hit song “For my Tittas” Dizzy Doolan also had the honour of curating the very first Hip Hop showcase for the AWMA’s.
Dizzy Doolan is currently working on her theatre play called “Fearless” which is an inspirational story about her family and her journey. Dizzy’s has been working on “Fearless” for the past three years and had the opportunity to have creative development on her own project which was a successful showcase in her community.
Doolan recently had the honour and pleasure of doing a four song collaboration, performing live alongside award winning country musician Troy Cassar-Daley, which has been a huge highlight of Dizzy Doolan’s career.
Dizzy also works as a youth worker in Far North Queensland with disadvantaged young people between the ages of 12 and 25, additionally Dizzy runs a weekly Hip Hop workshop at her work space and she is very passionate about her job and wants to make a difference in her community.
Dizzy Doolan is currently working on releasing her solo EP and is well on her way to the next step of her journey. Doolan’s main aim is to continue to develop her skills and support networks and be a positive role model.