Famous Australian Lyricists & Songwriters

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Olivia Newton-John
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Entrepreneur & Activist)

Olivia Newton-John
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Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

A singer, actress, businesswoman and activist, Olivia Newton-John is an DBE honouree who has donned on many hats and shined in all of them. Her five Billboard No.1 singles and two Billboard No.1 albums made her a household name. Turning her personal pain into a global mission for cancer awareness, this four-time Grammy winner is truly a symbol of resilience.

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Iggy Azalea
(Rapper Whose Musical Act Came Second to Rank at Number One & Two Simultaneously on The Hot 100)

Iggy Azalea
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Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her viral and chart-topping tracks Pu$$y, Two Times, and Fancy. A high-school dropout, she had worked illegally in Miami, before she hit the jackpot with her Billboard-topping debut album, The New Classic. She was the first non-American female rapper to top the Billboard chart.

 3 
Keith Urban
(Known for His Work in Country Music)

Keith Urban
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Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whangārei, New Zealand

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

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 4 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')

Michael Hutchence
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Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

 5 
Angus Young
(Co-Founder and Lead Guitarist for the Hard Rock Band 'AC/DC')

Angus Young
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Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Angus Young, AC/DC co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter, migrated to Australia at 13. After dropping out of school at 15, he started playing instruments. Named the Best Australian Guitarist of All Time by Australian Guitar magazine, he is known for his uniform outfits and for reviving Chuck Berry's "duck walk."

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Flea (Musician)
(Musician, Actor, a Member and Bassist of the Rock Band ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’)

Flea (Musician)
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Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Michael Balzary, or Flea, is best known as the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also been part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace, appeared in films such as The Big Lebowski, and voiced Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys franchise. He also co-owns a music-oriented non-profit.

 7 
Sia Furler
(Singer-Songwriter)

Sia Furler
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

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 8 
Toni Watson
(Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Best Known for Her Single ‘Dance Monkey’)

Toni Watson
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Birthdate: August 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mount Martha, Australia

Toni Watson is an Australian singer-songwriter whose single, Dance Monkey, broke Bing Crosby's all-time Australian record by spending 24 weeks at number one position on the ARIA Singles Chart. The single also earned Toni Watson several prestigious awards, such as APRA Music Award and ARIA Music Award.

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Nick Cave
(Singer-songwriter)

Nick Cave
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Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 10 
Natalie Imbruglia
(Singer-songwriter)

Natalie Imbruglia
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Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, model, and actress Natalie Imbruglia aspired for a career in the show business since her youth. Beginning her career with minor roles in commercials, she worked hard to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She has acted in many hit films and is also active as a singer with many records to her credit.

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Malcolm Young
(Musician)

Malcolm Young
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Birthdate: January 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 18, 2017

Malcolm Young was an Australian musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band AC/DC. He is also credited with popularizing the band and was described by many as the leader and the driving force of the band. Widely regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, Young was a leading exponent of rhythm guitar in rock music.

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Keiynan Lonsdale
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Birthdate: December 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian actor, dancer and singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale is best-known for playing Wally West/Kid Flash in The CW series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Other on-screen portrayals of Lonsdale includes Oliver Lloyd in the series Dance Academy and Uriah Pedrad in film The Divergent Series: Insurgent. He has also released the studio-album Rainbow Boy and worked as an MTV VJ.  

 13 
Orianthi
(Australian Musician and Guitarist Known for His Association With Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson)

Orianthi
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Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Named one among the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine, Australian musician, singer and songwriter Orianthi Penny Panagaris began playing the guitar at the age of three and moved to acoustic by six. At fifteen, she began her professional career, concurrently focusing on songwriting and released her debut independent album at the age of 20. 

 14 
Kevin Parker
(Rock Musician Known for his Musical Project 'Tame Impala')

Kevin Parker
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Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Kevin Parker is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with founding the psychedelic music project, Tame Impala. Over the years, Parker has won several prestigious awards, such as a Brit Award and ARIA Music Awards

 15 
Vance Joy
(Singer)

Vance Joy
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Birthdate: December 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Though equipped with a degree in law, Australian singer Vance Joy doesn’t see himself working as a lawyer ever. The singer who has released chart-topping hits such as Riptide was also a promising footballer before he plunged into music full-time, and played for the Coburg Tigers.

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Rolf Harris
(Entertainer)

Rolf Harris
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Birthdate: March 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bassendean, Australia
Australian singer, painter, and TV personality Rolf Harris is remembered for songs such as Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport and Two Little Boys, and for inventing the wobble board. He was a champion swimmer in his adolescence. He also spent almost 3 years in prison for assaulting underage girls. 

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Jessica Mauboy
(Her Album 'Been Waiting' Became The Second Highest-Selling Australian Album of 2009)

Jessica Mauboy
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Birthdate: August 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Jessica Mauboy is an Australian singer, actress, and songwriter. She started hogging the limelight after finishing second in the fourth season of Australian Idol, which was aired in 2006. One of the most successful female artists in Australia, Mauboy has received several awards, such as ARIA Music Awards.

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Tash Sultana
(Known for the Hits ‘Notion’, ‘Gemini’ and ‘Synergy’)

Tash Sultana
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Birthdate: June 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

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Judith Durham
(Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter)

Judith Durham
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Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

Judith Durham is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. In 1963, she became the lead singer of the popular folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers, which became the first Australian pop band to achieve major sales and chart success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her services to music earned her the title Victorian of the Year in 2015.

 20 
Courtney Barnett
(Rock Singer Known for Her Deadpan Singing Style and Witty, Rambling Lyrics)

Courtney Barnett
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Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

 21 
Daniel Johns
(Musician)

Daniel Johns
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Birthdate: April 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Daniel Johns is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician best known for his association with Silverchair where he was the former frontman and lyricist. Renowned for his guitaring skills, Daniel Johns was ranked 18th on Rolling Stone magazine's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists list in 2007.

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Indiana Evans
(Actress)

Indiana Evans
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Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Indiana Evans is an Australian actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing Matilda Hunter in a TV soap opera titled Home and Away, for which she won the Dolly Teen Choice Award under the Queen of Teen category. Evans is also known for contributing immensely to the 2011 soundtrack for series three of H2O: Just Add Water.

 23 
Jessica Origliasso
(Pop Singer and One Half of Pop Duo 'The Veronicas')

Jessica Origliasso
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Jessica Origliasso is one-half of the Australian pop-duo The Veronicas that she formed with her identical twin sister, Lisa Origliasso. They rose to fame with platinum-certified studio-albums like The Secret Life of... and Hook Me Up, and singles like You Ruin Me. They have also acted in the television series Cybergirl and co-designed a fashion line for Target.    

 24 
Brody Armstrong
(Singer-Songwriter, and Guitarist Known as the Frontwoman for Punk Bands 'The Distillers' and 'Spinnerette')

Brody Armstrong
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Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 25 
James Reid
(Singer-Songwriter)

James Reid
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Birthdate: May 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Leonards, Australia

Filipino-Australian actor-singer James Reid had been a talented gymnast and swimmer in childhood. He is best known for pairing up with Nadine Lustre in projects such as Diary Ng Panget and On the Wings of Love. Though he and Nadine dated later, they broke hearts with their split in 2020.

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Tina Arena
(Singer, Songwriter)

Tina Arena
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Birthdate: November 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tina Arena is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and musical theatre actress. Having sold more than 10 million records worldwide, Arena is one of the highest-selling Australian artists. Tina Arena has won several national and international awards, including two World Music Awards and seven ARIA Awards so far. In 2015, she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

 27 
Ben Lee
(Award-winning singer, guitarist, and actor who sang "Cigarettes Will Kill You" and "Catchy My Disease.")

Ben Lee
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Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Danielle Spencer
(Singer-songwriter and actress who released singles like "Blast Off" and "Forgive Me.")

Danielle Spencer
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Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 29 
Chrissy Amphlett
(Former Singer best known as the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls)

Chrissy Amphlett
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Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
Died: April 21, 2013

 30 
Ruel
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for His Singles: ‘Dazed & Confused’, ‘Don't Tell Me’, ‘Younger’ and ‘Painkiller’)

Ruel
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Birthdate: October 29, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isleworth, London, England

 31 
Paul Kelly
(Singer)

Paul Kelly
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Birthdate: January 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate Miller‐Heidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

 33 
Luke Steele
(Musician, singer and songwriter)

Luke Steele
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Birthdate: December 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

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Sophie Lowe
(Actress)

Sophie Lowe
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Birthdate: June 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK

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Conrad Sewell
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Birthdate: March 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 36 
Rebecca St. James
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)

Rebecca St. James
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Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 37 
Lenka
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)

Lenka
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Birthdate: March 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bega, Australia

 38 
Missy Higgins
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)

Missy Higgins
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Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins is known for her chartbusting singles such as Scar and Where I Stood. She has also performed at international events such as TEDx. Her hit album The Sound of White made it to the top 5 of the End of Decade Top 100 Albums Chart in 2010.

 39 
Betty Who
(Pop Singer Best Known for Her Singles ‘Somebody Loves You’ and ‘Heartbreak Dream')

Betty Who
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Birthdate: October 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Betty Who is a singer-songwriter best known for her cover of Donna Lewis’ song I Love You Always Forever. Born in Australia, she moved to USA as a young girl to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. She began her career as an independent artist and later signed with RCA Records. She is openly bisexual. 

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Samantha Jade
(Winner of fourth season of The X Factor Australia)

Samantha Jade
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Birthdate: April 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

 41 
Xavier Rudd
(Songs incorporate socially conscious themes of Indigenous Australian)

Xavier Rudd
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Birthdate: May 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torquay, Australia

 42 
Jon English
(Singer)

Jon English
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Birthdate: March 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 9, 2016

Jon English was an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Born in England, he moved to Australia with his family as a young boy. He began his career in music by chance when he was just in his teens. He proceeded to become a famous singer and also ventured into acting. He was the recipient of several awards. 

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Matt Corby
(Singer-songwriter)

Matt Corby
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Birthdate: November 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney,New South Wales, Australia

Matt Corby is an Australian singer-songwriter. He loved music from an early age and was encouraged by his parents and teachers to follow his passion. As a teenager, he auditioned for the fifth season of the reality TV show Australian Idol and emerged as the runner-up. In the ensuing years, he successfully established himself as a popular singer. 

 44 
Greg Ham
(Musician)

Greg Ham
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Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: April 19, 2012

 45 
Keith Potger
(Founding members of the Australian folk-pop group The Seekers)

Keith Potger
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Birthdate: March 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 46 
Montaigne
(Art pop singer-songwriter-musician and Twitch streamer)

Montaigne
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Birthdate: August 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Billy Thorpe
(Singer)

Billy Thorpe
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Birthdate: March 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: February 28, 2007

Billy Thorpe was an English-born Australian record producer and singer-songwriter. He is best remembered for his association with the popular rock band Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs which enjoyed success in the mid-1960s. Thorpe is credited with co-developing the pub rock scene in the early-1970s. In 1991, Billy Thorpe was made an inductee of the ARIA Hall of Fame.

 48 
Sam Sparro
(Singer-songwriter best known for his 2008 single "Black and Gold".)

Sam Sparro
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Birthdate: November 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Loene Carmen
(actor, singer, songwriter, film actor)

Loene Carmen
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Adelaide

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Anja Nissen
(Singer-songwriter)

Anja Nissen
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Birthdate: November 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winmalee, New South Wales, Australia