Lee Kernaghan

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Background information
Birth nameLee Raymond Kernaghan
Born (1964-04-15) 15 April 1964 (age 54)
Victoria, Australia
Genres Country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1969–present
Labels ABC Music
Associated actsThe Blue Devils, Fiona Kernaghan, Ray Kernaghan, Tania Kernaghan
Website http://www.leekernaghan.com.au/

Lee Kernaghan OAM (born 15 April 1964) is an Australian country music singer, songwriter and guitarist.

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He was the 2008 Australian of the Year, in recognition for his support of rural and regional Australia. [1] [2]

The Australian of the Year is an award conferred on an Australian citizen by the National Australia Day Council, a not-for-profit Australian Government–owned social enterprise.

Biography

The son of country music singer and truck driver Ray Kernaghan, Lee Kernaghan was born in the Victorian town of Corryong and raised in southern New South Wales.

Ray Kernaghan is an Australian country music artist. He is the father of country music artists Lee Kernaghan and Tania Kernaghan and married to Pam Kernaghan.

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In 1986, Kernaghan travelled to the United States to represent Australia at the Nashville 'Fan Fair' country music festival. In 1993, his debut solo album The Outback Club won an ARIA award for Best Country Album and his hit single "Boys from the Bush" topped the Australian country music charts.

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ARIA Music Awards award

The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards is an annual series of awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The event has been held annually since 1987 and encompasses the general genre-specific and popular awards as well as Fine Arts Awards and Artisan Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards and ARIA Hall of Fame – held separately from 2005 to 2010 but returned to the general ceremony in 2011. For 2010, ARIA introduced public voted awards for the first time.

Kernaghan has dominated the charts with successive hit albums, including Outback Club, Three Chain Road, 1959, Hat Town, Electric Rodeo , The New Bush , Planet Country , Beautiful Noise and Spirit of the Anzacs . Kernaghan has made a huge impact on country music in Australia, creating a new musical landscape for the genre when he burst onto the scene.

<i>Electric Rodeo</i> (Lee Kernaghan album) 2002 studio album by Lee Kernaghan

Electric Rodeo is the ninth studio album released by Australian country musician Lee Kernaghan. The album peaked at number five on the ARIA Charts and was certified platinum in 2003.

<i>The New Bush</i> 2006 studio album by Lee Kernaghan

The New Bush is the tenth studio album released by Australian Country Musician Lee Kernaghan. It got nominated for six Golden Guitar trophies, winning four at the Country Music Awards of Australia. The album peaked at number six on the ARIA Charts and was certified platinum.

<i>Planet Country</i> 2009 studio album by Lee Kernaghan

Planet Country is the twelfth studio album released by Australian country musician Lee Kernaghan. The album peaked at 13 on the ARIA Charts.

To many people, Kernaghan represents the spirit and values of contemporary rural Australia. His love of the Australian way of life features in his music, and he is a passionate supporter of Australia's rural culture. [3]

During a visit to the Australian War Memorial in 2013, Kernaghan's friend and AWM Director Dr. Brendan Nelson introduced Kernaghan to letters that were written by Australian service men and women during various wars dating back to the landing at Gallipoli during the First World War. These letters were held in the vaults at the AWM. [4]

The power of the letters affected him deeply and the experience at the Australian War Memorial that day was the catalyst that saw these letters put to music in what would become his most recent album, Spirit of the Anzacs.

Upon release, Spirit of the Anzacs went platinum within 3 weeks, and dominated the ARIA album chart by holding the #1 position for four weeks and then the #2 position for another three weeks, making it the highest selling Australian album for 2015. [5]

2015 also saw the release of Kernaghan's first book, The Boy from the Bush, These Are My Songs, These Are My Stories.

Kernaghan closed out 2015 with a national tour called The Songs and the Stories in Concert. Fittingly, the tour covered elements of the book and also featured songs from Spirit of the Anzacs.

He is the father of two sons [6] .

Achievements

Kernaghan has won four ARIA Awards and three APRA Awards, and has been nominated in award categories numerous times.

As of 2015, Kernaghan has had 33 #1 hits on the Australian country charts, and has sold over two million albums.

He was named "Hit Maker of the Decade" twice, in 2001 and 2011. [5] This title goes to country artists from anywhere in the world who achieves the most amount of hits in the Australian market over the past decade.

He has sold over two million albums, and won 36 Golden Guitars at the Country Music Awards of Australia (second to Slim Dusty).

Kernaghan was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 ARIA Awards, for Spirit of the Anzacs. [5]

Honours

Kernaghan received the Order of Australia Medal in 2004. [7]

In 2008, he was Australian of the Year, [8] in recognition for his support of rural and regional Australia; his 'Pass the Hat Around' tours have raised more than a million dollars for rural communities during a challenging period of drought. [9] He was presented with the award by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

In 2015, Kernaghan was inducted into the Australian Roll of Renown. [10]

Controversy

During July 2015, Kernaghan's music was played at anti-Islam rallies in Australia, without his permission. [11] [12] He responded that the use of his work should be "consistent with – and respectful of, the memory of ... [soldiers who] laid down their lives for the freedoms we have today." [12] Fellow local artists, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and Mark Seymour, objected to the use of their material at those rallies.

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumARIA Albums
peak [13]
ARIA Country Albums
peak
Accreditations
1985Family Tradition [14] -
1986The Lee Kernaghan Collection [15] -
1992 The Outback Club 8612× Platinum [16]
1993 Three Chain Road 3512× Platinum [17]
1995 1959 91Platinum [18]
1998 Hat Town 71Platinum [19]
1998 The Christmas Album 312-
2000 Rules of the Road 162Gold [20]
2002 Electric Rodeo 51Platinum [21]
2004 The Big Ones: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 161Platinum [22]
2006 The New Bush 61Platinum [23]
2007 Spirit of the Bush 51Platinum [24]
2009 Planet Country 131Gold [25]
2011 Ultimate Hits 81Gold [26]
2012 Beautiful Noise 92Gold [27]
2014 Driving Home for Christmas 462-
2015 Spirit of the Anzacs 11Platinum [28]
2017 The 25th Anniversary Album 21
[29]
2019Backroad Nation

Singles and EPs

Retail releases

YearNameTrack/s
1983"Cheaters"
"Advance Australia Again"
1986"Back to Strangers"
"We're Gonna Be Lovers"
1993"Boys from the Bush""Boys from the Bush"
"Searchin' for Another You"
"She's My Ute""She's My Ute"
"Leave Him in the Longyard"
1994"Save the Land" [30] "Save the Land" (with Trisha Yearwood)
"Burning Heart"
1995"Country Crowd""Country Crowd"
"The Rope That Pulls the Wind"
1997"This Is the Outback""This Is the Outback"
"Twango" (Instrumental)
"Brown Water" (Instrumental)
1998"Tough Job""Tough Job" (Colin Buchanan and Lee Kernaghan)
"The House on Fishy Lake Road" (Colin Buchanan)
2004"Missin' Slim""Missin' Slim" (with COLIN BUCHANAN)
"Where Country Is"
"Still Here to Give It My Best" (Colin Buchanan)
"Losin' My Blues Tonight" (with Anne Kirkpatrick)
2007"Love Shack" (The Summer Remixes) [31] "Love Shack" (Urban Mix Radio Edit)
"Love Shack" (Groove Mix Radio Edit)
"Love Shack" (Groove Mix Extended Play)
"Love Shack" (Euro Mix)
"Love Shack" (Album Mix)
"Spirit of the Bush""Spirit of the Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde)
"Leave Him in the Longyard" (with Slim Dusty)
"Life Will Bring You Home" (Adam Brand)
"Aussie Philosophy" (Steve Forde)
Down to Earth (documentary)
"Spirit of the Bush" (music video)
2009"Planet Country" [31] "Planet Country"
2010iTunes Live EP [31] [32] "Planet Country"
"Cunnamulla Fella"
"This Cowboys Hat"
"Dirt"
"Australian Boy"
2012"Beautiful Noise" [31] "Beautiful Noise"
2013"Lights on the Hill" [31] "Lights on the Hill" (featuring The Wolf Brothers)
"Spirit of the Bush" [31] [33] "Spirit of the Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde)
2015"Spirit of the Anzacs" [31] [34] "Spirit of the Anzacs" (featuring Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington)

Airplay

YearSingleChart positionsAlbum
Country Tracks Chart [35]
1992"Boys from the Bush"1The Outback Club
"High Country"1
1993"She Waits by the Sliprails"1
"She's My Ute"1Three Chain Road
1994"Three Chain Road"1
"Leave Him in the Longyard" (with Slim Dusty)2
"Southern Son"1
"Save the Land" (with Trisha Yearwood)1N/A
1995"Country Crowd"11959
"1959"1
1996"Skinny Dippin'"1
"Scrub Bashin'"8
"A Bushman Can't Survive" (with Tania Kernaghan)11959: Limited Edition Double CD
"Working for the Man" (with Troy Cassar-Daley)8
1997"This Is the Outback"1N/A
1998"Hat Town"1Hat Town
"Goondiwindi Moon"1
"Tough Job" (Colin Buchanan and Lee Kernaghan)3N/A
"Getting Gone"1Hat Town
1999"When the Snow Falls on the Alice"1
"Bare Essentials"
2000"Darwin Jailhouse Window" (with Tex Morton)3Rules of the Road
"Cunnamulla Fella"1
"That's the Kind of Life I Live"3
2001"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (Josh Arnold and Lee Kernaghan)1Galvanize
2002"Something in the Water"1Electric Rodeo
"The Way It Is"1
2003"I'm From the Country" (with Travis Sinclair)1Electric Rodeo: Deluxe Double CD Limited Edition
"An Ordinary Bloke"6Electric Rodeo
"Baptise the Ute"6
2004"Love Hurts" (with Catherine Britt)3Electric Rodeo: Deluxe Double CD Limited Edition
"Missin' Slim" (with Colin Buchanan)1N/A
2005"Down Under"Big Ones: Greatest Hits
2006"The New Bush"1The New Bush
"Listen to the Radio"1
"Love Shack"1
2007"Spirit of the Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde)1Spirit of the Bush
"Sassafras Gap"1
2009"Planet Country"1Planet Country
2010"Australian Boy"2
"Love in the Time of Drought"1
2011"Dirt"1
"Channel Country Ground" (Dean Perrett and Lee Kernaghan)16Cattle Town
"Scars" (with Dierks Bentley)1Planet Country
"Fire" (with Robyn McKelvie)3Planet Country: 2CD Deluxe Edition
2012"Song of Australia" (Colin Buchanan, Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer)12The Songwriter Sessions
"Beautiful Noise"5Beautiful Noise
2013"Ute Me"12
"Flying with the King"1
"It's Only Country"1
"Lights on the Hill" (with The Wolfe Brothers)Beautiful Noise: Deluxe Tour Edition
2014"Dirt Music"2Beautiful Noise
"Driving Home for Christmas"4Driving Home for Christmas
"Turn This to Gold" (Keely Johnson with Lee Kernaghan)17N/A
2015"Spirit of the Anzacs" (featuring Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington) [36] [37] 20Spirit of the Anzacs

Musicals

Music videos

YearVideoDirector
1992"High Country"
"Boys From the Bush"
2011"Scars" (with Dierks Bentley)Robb Cox
2012"Beautiful Noise"
2015"Spirit of the Anzacs" [38]

Awards

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Kernaghan has won two awards from 9 nominations. [39]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1993 The Outback ClubBest Country AlbumWon
1994 Three Chain RoadWon
1995 Country CrowdNominated
1996 1959Nominated
2000 Rules of the RoadNominated
2002 Electric RodeoNominated
2006 The New BushNominated
2010 Planet CountryNominated
2013 Beautiful NoiseNominated
2015 Spirit Of The Anzacs Nominated

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Kernaghan has won four awards from eight nominations. [40]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1993 "Boys from the Bush"Country Song of the YearWon
1996 "1959"Most Performed Country WorkWon
1999 "Hat Town"Most Performed Country WorkWon
2004 "Way It Is"Most Performed Country WorkNominated
2007 "New Bush"Most Performed Country WorkNominated
2008 "Spirit of the Bush" (featuring Adam Brand and Steve Forde)Most Performed Country WorkNominated
2011 "Planet Country"Country Work of the YearNominated
2014 "Flying with the King"Country Work of the Year [41] Won

Country Music Awards (CMAA)

Kernaghan has won thirty-seven Golden guitar awards at the Tamworth Country Music Awards of Australia [42]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1993"Boys from the Bush"APRA Song of the YearWon
1993The Outback ClubAlbum of the YearWon
1993"Boys from the Bush"Male Vocalist of the YearWon
1994"Three Chain Road"APRA Song of the YearWon
1994Three Chain RoadAlbum of the YearWon
1994"Three Chain Road"Male Vocalist of the YearWon
1994"Leave Him in the Longford" (with Slim Dusty) Vocal Group or Duo of the YearWon
1995Three Chain RoadTop Selling Album of the YearWon
19961959Album of the YearWon
19971959Top Selling Album of the YearWon
1997"A Bushman Can't Survive" (with Tania Kernaghan) Vocal Collaboration of the YearWon
1999Hat TownAlbum of the YearWon
1999Hat TownTop Selling Album of the YearWon
1999"Goondiwindi Moon"Male Vocalist of the YearWon
1999"Changi Banjo"Heritage Song of the YearWon
1999"Tough Job" (with Colin Buchanan) Vocal Collaboration of the YearWon
2003"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (with Josh Arnold) Vocal Collaboration of the YearWon
2003Electric RodeoAlbum of the YearWon
2003Electric RodeoTop Selling Album of the YearWon
2005"Missin' Slim"Heritage Song of the Year (with Colin Buchanan)Won
2007The New BushAlbum of the YearWon
2007The New BushMale Artist of the YearWon
2007The New BushTop Selling Album of the YearWon
2007"Close as a Whisper (The Gift)"Heritage Song of the Year CloseWon
2008"Spirit Of The Bush Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde) Vocal Collaboration of the YearWon
2008"Spirit Of The Bush Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde) Video of the YearWon
2008"Spirit Of The Bush Bush" (with Adam Brand and Steve Forde) Single of the YearWon
2011Planet CountryTop Selling Album of the YearWon
2012"Channel Country Ground" (with Dean Perrett) Ballad of the YearWon
2014Beautiful NoiseTop Selling Album of the YearWon
2014"Flying with the King"Male Artist of the YearWon
2014"Flying with the King"Single of the YearWon
2014"Flying with the King"Video clip of the YearWon
2016"Spirit of the Anzacs"
(with Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Jon Stevens, Amy & George Sheppard, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington)
Vocal Collaboration of the YearWon
2016"Spirit of the Anzacs"
(with Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Jon Stevens, Amy & George Sheppard, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington)
Video clip of the YearWon
2016 Spirit of the Anzacs Top Selling Album of the YearWon
2018The 25th Anniversary AlbumTop Selling Album of the YearWon

Music For A New Generation Awards (Planet Country Radio)

The Music For A New Generation Awards are run by the Planet Country with Big Stu & MJ radio program and celebrate crossover country artist efforts each year. The awards have featured fan voting since 2016.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2015HimselfAustralian Male Artist of The YearNominated
2017HimselfAustralian Male Artist of The YearWon

Business ventures

For several years, Kernaghan owned the historic Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton, Queensland, after buying the pub in 2003 when it was placed into receivership after a downturn in trade and public liability concerns. [43] [44] Kernaghan has described the time during which he owned the Great Western Hotel as one of the greatest periods of his life. [45]

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