Fiona McDonald

Fiona McDonald Biography

Fiona McDonald (born 1965) is a New Zealand pop singer and television personality.


Fiona's first involvement with music came through singing jingles for Auckland student radio station bFM. From that work she was asked to join Auckland band Diatribe which also included musician Greg Johnson. In the early '90s Fiona teamed up with former bFM producers Mark Tierney and Paul Casserly who were looking for a singer for their new studio-only group, Strawpeople.

She also briefly sang live with NRA, and provided guest vocals on the Headless Chickens on "Cruise Control". Reaching #6 in the charts, "Cruise Control" proved to be so popular that Fiona was asked to join the band full-time. Three successful years of recording and touring followed, including number one single "George", but Fiona eventually left the band in 1995.

In the mid-'90s, Fiona continued to work with the Strawpeople and at the same time worked on songs for her solo album. A Different Hunger was released in 1999 with the first single "Sin Again" making it to #7 in the New Zealand charts.


Fiona's first television work was in 1997 presenting @Xtra, a TV2 series about the internet. In 2005 McDonald was also one of the three judges in the first series of NZ Idol and presented the New Zealand version of 10 Years Younger. She also presented the second series of arts show The Big Art Trip. In October 2012, Fiona began work as a presenter on the new Shopping Channel.


With Strawpeople


  • Hemisphere (1991) Pagan Records
  • Worldservice (1992) Pagan Records
  • Broadcast (1994) Epic Records
  • Vicarious (1996) Columbia Records

With Headless Chickens


  • Body Blow (1991) Flying Nun Records
  • Greedy (1997) Flying Nun Records



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1999 "Sin Again" 7 A Different Hunger
"Damage Control" 18
"Breathe" -
"Wish I Was A Man" -
"Bless Them All" 20 Non-album single
"Let Me Dream" - A Different Hunger
2000 "Bury Me" -
"I Dont Care" -

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