Famous Australian Rock Musicians

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 1 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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. 

 2 Orianthi

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Famous As: Rock Musician, Singer
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. 

 3 Tash Sultana

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 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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 4 Jessica Origliasso

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Famous As: One half of pop duo The Veronicas
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.    

 5 Courtney Barnett

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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

 6 Leo Sayer

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Famous As: singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England

 7 Tammin Sursok

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Famous As: Actress known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009)
Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Tammin Sursok is an actress and singer whose portrayal of Dani Sutherland earned her the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2001. Sursok is also known for her singing skills; her debut studio album Whatever Will Be peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Charts. Apart from acting and singing, Sursok has also been campaigning against bullying.

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 8 Paul Hester

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Famous As: Former Drummer and Co-founder of Crowded House
Birthdate: January 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 26, 2005

 9 Kate Miller-Heidke

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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate MillerÔÇÉHeidke 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.

 10 Russell Hitchcock

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 11 Missy Higgins

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
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.

 12 Xavier Rudd

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Famous As: Songs incorporate socially conscious themes of Indigenous Australian
Birthdate: May 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torquay, Australia

 13 Daryl Braithwaite

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

 14 Laura Imbruglia

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian indie singer Laura Imbruglia is better known as the sister of popstar Natalie Imbruglia, who once rocked the charts with her global hit Torn. Known for tracks such as Looking for a Rabbit, Laura has also written the web series Amateur Hour and appeared in the TV series Crash Palace.

 15 Colin Petersen

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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingaroy

 16 Mick Harvey

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester

Mick Harvey is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and arranger. He often collaborates with his longtime friend and fellow musician Nick Cave, with whom he formed the bands The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party. He also has a successful solo career. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including many ARIA Awards.

 17 Nick Littlemore

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Famous As: Singer, Record producer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: May 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

 18 John Butler

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Famous As: Frontman for the Australian roots jam band, John Butler Trio, which released three #1 albums, including Sunrise Over Sea
Birthdate: April 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 19 Andrew Farriss

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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth

The cofounder of the Australia’s iconic rock band, INXS, Andrew Farriss also serves as its main songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and backing vocalist. Opening his first band, Doctor Dolphin, while in high school, he later joined The Farriss Brothers before cofounding The Vegetables, which later became INXS. Winner of many awards, he released his debut album at the age of 62.

 20 James Reyne

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lagos

 21 Jay Watson

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Australia
Australian multi-instrumentalist, Jay Watson, is best known as a member of the psychedelic rock bands Tame Impala and Pond. Also a producer, singer, and songwriter, Watson has released five albums under the name GUM. He was given the nickname Gumby, which referred to the clay animation TV show. Some of his famous albums include Lonerism, Glamorous Damage and Delorean Highway

 22 Anita Lane

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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne

 23 Ben Gillies

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle

 24 Archie Roach

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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mooroopna

 25 Bernard Fanning

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane
Australian musician Bernard Fanning is the lead vocalist of Queensland alternative rock band, Powderfinger, since its formation in 1989. Fanning is heavily influenced by musicians such as David Bowie and The Beatles. His album Odyssey no. 5 is one of the highest-selling albums in Australia. Fanning is associated with philanthropic causes and is an advocate for Aboriginal justice in Australia.

 26 Iva Davies

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wauchope

 27 Nick Allbrook

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Subiaco

Australian psychedelic rock sensation Nick Allbrook is better known as the lead singer of Pond. Initially interested in sports such as soccer and skateboarding, he took to music much later. His was one of the rare bands to release a track, Pink Lunettes, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 28 Glenn Shorrock

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chatham

 29 Craig Nicholls

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Painter, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Best known as lead singer and solo continues member of the Australian alternative rock band The Vines, Craig Nicholls developed an early interest in music. He opened his band, then called Rishikesh, in 1994. Later he changed the name to Vines and as it started playing gigs he began writing songs for it, also painting covers for several of its album.

 30 Megan Washington

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Moresby

 31 Sarah Blasko

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 32 Katie Noonan

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane

 33 Steve Kilbey

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Famous As: Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City

Steve Kilbey is an English-Australian singer-songwriter and bass guitarist best known for his association with the rock band The Church. He performs as a solo artist as well and has 14 solo albums to his name. A multi-talented personality, he is also a poet, painter, and music producer. As an artist, he has had at least two exhibits in US. 

 34 Nic Cester

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne

 35 Russell Morris

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia

 36 Frank Gambale

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Famous As: Guitarist, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: December 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canberra

Australian jazz fusion guitarist Frank Gambale has released twenty albums over a period of three decades. After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Gambale taught there from 1984 to 1986. He is known for his use of sweep picking and economy picking techniques. Gambale has also been head of the guitar department at the LA Music Academy.


 

 37 Virgil Donati

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Famous As: Drummer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne

Virgil Donati is an Australian musician, composer, drummer, and producer. He is often counted among the most technically advanced drummers. A multi-talented personality, Virgil Donati is also proficient at the keyboard; his skills as a piano player are evident in his album The Dawn of Time.

 38 Mandawuy Yunupingu

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yirrkala, Australia
Died: June 2, 2013

 39 Rob Bailey

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Australia

Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter, Rob Bailey began his music career at the age of 13. He played bass guitar for various rock bands such as Flake, Acid Road, Natural Gas, Rudy and the Aardvarks and Company of Men. From April 1974 to January 1975, he was also associated with the hard rock band AC/DC.

 40 Conway Savage

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: September 2, 2018

 41 Colin Burgess

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Famous As: musician, drummer
Birthdate: November 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 42 Grant McLennan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia
Died: May 6, 2006

 43 Dave Faulkner

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

 44 Gareth Liddiard

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Hedland, Australia

 45 Adalita Srsen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

 46 George Rrurrambu Burarrwanga

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Elcho Island, Australia
Died: June 10, 2007

George Rrurrambu Burarrwanga is best remembered as the lead singer of the Aboriginal rock band Warumpi Band. Part of the Yolngu tribe, he specialized in the rock-reggae-country genre. He and his band released the first Australian rock single in the Aboriginal language, Jailanguru Pakarnu, or Out of Jail.