Famous Australian Singers

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What do musical doyens like Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Iggy Azale and Darren Hayes have in common? That is correct. They are all Aussies! Australia has given the world some most innovative, energizing, and eclectic singers who have made waves in the music scene and with good reason. Australian music has been as much about ear-throbbing beats as energetic vocals. From pop to rock to jazz and a little bit of RnB, Australia music has pretty much all genres covered. From singers like Luke Hemmings to Michael Clifford, Australia has produced some Grammy-worthy chartbusters that has wowed music lover and topped many Billboard listings. Here we bring you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous and successful Australian singers. Explore this section and learn all about timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.
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 1 
Kylie Minogue
(Her Single 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' Became One of The Most Successful Singles of The 2000s)
Kylie Minogue
68
Birthdate: May 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Regarded as a timeless icon, Kylie Minogue is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of her generation. Referred to as the Princess of Pop and Goddess of Pop, she is the best-selling female Australian musician of all time. Also known as the Mother of Reinvention, Kylie is revered for her contribution to fashion and music.

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Keith Urban
(Known for His Work in Country Music)
Keith Urban
66
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.

 3 
Sia
(Australian Pop Singer Known for Such Hits as 'Chandelier,' 'Elastic Heart' and 'Clap Your Hands')
Sia
67
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.

 4 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')
Michael Hutchence
31
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.

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Olivia Newton-John
(One of the Best-selling Artists, Who Starred in the Musical 'Grease')
Olivia Newton-John
69
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, US
Died: August 8, 2022

Olivia Newton-John's breathy voice and stunning beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s. She charmed generations of movie viewers in the blockbuster film Grease. Following a string of country and soft-rock hits, Newton-John starred opposite John Travolta in the 1978  blockbuster Grease, considered as one the most popular movie musicals of all time.

 6 
Roseanne Park
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Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland
Roseanne Park , better known as Rosé, gained fame as part of the South Korean girl group Blackpink. She was featured on G-Dragon's hit track Without You. She has also endorsed Kiss Me and Yves Saint Laurent. As of 2021, she was the most-followed Korean personality on Instagram
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 7 
Natalie Imbruglia
(Singer & Actress)
Natalie Imbruglia
26
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.

 8 
The Kid Laroi
68
Birthdate: August 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterloo, Australia
Australian rapper and hip-hop artist The Kid Laroi was mentored by the late rapper Juice Wrld. He shot to fame with the tracks Let Her Go, Diva, the Billboard-charting Go, and Addison Rae. He is immensely popular on Instagram and YouTube, where he has millions of followers.
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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
102
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.
 10 
Bon Scott
(Singer & Musician)
Bon Scott
27
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
Bon Scott worked with bands such as The Spektors, Valentines, and Fraternity before joining the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, replacing lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. He was one of Classic Rock’s 100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time. Following his death, AC/DC released a best-selling album as a tribute.
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 11 
Delta Goodrem
38
Birthdate: November 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Delta Goodrem is an Australian actress, singer, and songwriter. Many of her albums have topped the ARIA Albums Chart, with her debut album Innocent Eyes staying at the top for 29 consecutive weeks. Also known for her charity work, Goodrem established the Delta Goodrem Foundation in an attempt to raise money for blood cancer research.

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Troye Sivan
(Australian Singer-Songwriter, Actor and YouTuber)
Troye Sivan
37
Birthdate: June 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Singer, actor, and YouTuber Troye Sivan is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated song Revelation from the movie Boy Erased. He played the younger Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the titular role in the Spud movie franchise. His YouTube video The Boyfriend Tag won him a Teen Choice Award.
 13 
Toni Watson
(Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Best Known for Her Single ‘Dance Monkey’)
Toni Watson
33
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.

 14 
Toni Collette
(Actress)
Toni Collette
6
Birthdate: November 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia

Toni Collette is an Australian actress, singer, producer, and songwriter. A critically acclaimed actress, Collette is known for her work in feature films as well as in independent films. Collette has won several prestigious awards, such as a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Critics' Choice Awards. Collette also supports many charitable organizations like Feeding America and Amnesty International.

 15 
Nick Cave
(Singer-songwriter)
Nick Cave
17
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. 
 16 
Rick Springfield
(Actor, Musician and Member of the Pop Rock Group ‘Zoot’)
Rick Springfield
25
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rick Springfield is best known for his Grammy-winning single Jessie's Girl. He also gained fame for his portrayal of Noah Drake in the soap General Hospital and Dr. Irving Pitlor in True Detective. He has also written an autobiography and a novel, both New York Times bestsellers.
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Flea (Musician)
(Musician, Actor, a Member and Bassist of the Rock Band ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’)
Flea (Musician)
11
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.
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Gotye
(Founding Member of The Melbourne Indie-Pop Trio 'The Basics')
Gotye
10
Birthdate: May 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Belgian-born Australian singer Gotye initially formed the indie-pop group The Basics. The three-time Grammy-winning artist has also had a successful solo career and is best known for his Billboard-topping track Somebody That I Used to Know, which made him the fifth Australian artist to top the Billboard charts.
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Cody Simpson
(Singer)
Cody Simpson
34
Birthdate: January 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
Apart from releasing three pop albums, Australian singer/actor Cody Simpson has also acted in the film The Smiley Face Killers and a Broadway musical. A Part of USC's Trojan Swim Elite team, he has qualified for the trials of the 100m butterfly event of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
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Maia Mitchell
(Actress, Singer)
Maia Mitchell
6
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lismore, Australia

Australian actor Maia Mitchell is known as Brittany from the series Mortified and as Natasha from Trapped. She is also popular as Callie Adams Foster from The Fosters and its sequel, Good Trouble, and as McKenzie from the Teen Beach film franchise. She has also collaborated on the song Magic.

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Jessica Mauboy
(Her Album 'Been Waiting' Became The Second Highest-Selling Australian Album of 2009)
Jessica Mauboy
15
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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Judith Durham
(Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter)
Judith Durham
10
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.

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Dannii Minogue
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Hit Songs ‘Love and Kisses’ and ‘Jump to the Beat')
Dannii Minogue
18
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

The younger sister of Australian popstar Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue had begun her career on Australian TV as a child actor. Known for her award-winning role of Emma Jackson in the soap Home and Away, she later also launched a music career, appeared in movies and plays, and introduced a clothing line.

 24 
Jimmy Barnes
(Singer, Composer, Songwriter)
Jimmy Barnes
6
Birthdate: April 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow
 25 
Keiynan Lonsdale
14
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.  

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Guy Sebastian
(Australian R&B singer who won the first season of Australian Idol in 2003 and also judges The X Factor Australia.)
Guy Sebastian
16
Birthdate: October 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Klang, Malaysia

Award-winning Malaysian-Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian, who won the first Australian Idol, has over the years spawned several hit singles like Battle Scars and studio-albums like Just as I Am that garnered multi-platinum certification. He has collaborated with many notable American musicians, represented Australia during 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, and appeared several times as a judge on Australia's The X Factor.

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Orianthi
(Australian Musician and Guitarist Known for His Association With Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson)
Orianthi
5
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. 

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Emma Watkins
(Musician, Singer)
Emma Watkins
11
Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Australia’s beloved Yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins grew up trained as a classical dancer and later became the first female member of the Australian dance group the Wiggles. She also completed a film studies course on a scholarship. Emma is an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, having suffered the ailment herself.  

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Vance Joy
(Australian Singer and Songwriter)
Vance Joy
8
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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Anna Netrebko
(Opera singer)
Anna Netrebko
16
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
 31 
Kevin Parker
(Rock Musician Known for his Musical Project 'Tame Impala')
Kevin Parker
8
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

 32 
Holly Valance
(Actress Known for Playing ‘Flick Scully’ in the Australian Soap Opera ‘Neighbours’)
Holly Valance
15
Birthdate: May 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Born to a Serbian musician/model father and a British model mother, Holly Valance first gained fame as Felicity Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. She later created a sensation in the world of pop, with hits such as Kiss Kiss. She now co-owns The Candy Foundation with her husband, Nick Candy.

 33 
Jason Donovan
(Actor, Singer)
Jason Donovan
9
Birthdate: June 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malvern, Australia
 34 
Colin Hay
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Colin Hay
4
Birthdate: June 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kilwinning

Colin Hay is an Australian-American musician, actor, singer, and songwriter. Known for his work with popular bands like Men at Work, Hay's music has been immortalized by actor-director Zach Braff, who has used his music in many of his own works. In 2020, Hay was honored at the APRA Awards with the Distinguished Services Award for his contribution to music.

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Rolf Harris
(Australian Singer-Songwriter & Actor Best Known for His Songs: ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’ & ‘Jake the Peg’)
Rolf Harris
15
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. 
 36 
Leo Sayer
(singer-songwriter)
Leo Sayer
6
Birthdate: May 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
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John Farnham
(Adult Contemporary Singer Known for His Solo Single ‘You’re the Voice')
John Farnham
4
Birthdate: July 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dagenham, Essex, England

British-Australian singer John Farnham was once a teen idol and is now regarded as one of the greatest artists from his country and known for chartbusting tracks such as You're the Voice. His album Whispering Jack was the first to sell more than a million copies in Australia alone.

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Nellie Melba
(Opera Singer)
Nellie Melba
11
Birthdate: May 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: February 23, 1931

Nellie Melba was an Australian singer. One of the most popular singers of the early 20th century, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to achieve international recognition. Also known for her charity work during the First World War, Nellie Melba was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.

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Courtney Barnett
(Rock Singer Known for Her Deadpan Singing Style and Witty, Rambling Lyrics)
Courtney Barnett
11
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

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Jessica Origliasso
(Pop Singer and One Half of Pop Duo 'The Veronicas')
Jessica Origliasso
13
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.    

 41 
Greg Page
(Singer)
Greg Page
5
Birthdate: January 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 42 
Abbie Cornish
(Actress)
Abbie Cornish
31
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lochinvar, Australia

Australian actress and rapper, Abbie Cornish is best known for her role in the film Bright Star. She developed a fascination for acting early in her life and began her career when she was a teenager. At the beginning of her acting career, she also ventured into music. She is an ambassador for the Australian animal rights group, Voiceless.

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Darren Hayes
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Darren Hayes
7
Birthdate: May 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Joan Sutherland
(Opera Singer)
Joan Sutherland
9
Birthdate: November 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: October 10, 2010

Australian soprano Joan Sutherland was exposed to music at an early age, being the daughter of a singer. Trained in voice and the piano by her mother, she made her debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas. The first Australian to earn a Grammy, she was also awarded the DBE.

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Tina Arena
(One of the Best-Selling Australian Pop Artist Worldwide)
Tina Arena
10
Birthdate: November 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, 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.

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Indiana Evans
(Actress)
Indiana Evans
9
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.

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Tash Sultana
(Known for the Hits ‘Notion’, ‘Gemini’ and ‘Synergy’)
Tash Sultana
9
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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Dean Lewis
(Singer)
Dean Lewis
8
Birthdate: October 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Dean Lewis is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his 7× Platinum-certified single Waves and his 10× Platinum-certified single Be Alright. He released his debut studio album in March 2019. Over the years, he has won several awards, including three ARIA Music Awards and three APRA Awards. He has also received a couple of MTV Europe Music Award nominations.

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Peter Garrett
(Member of the Australian House of Representatives)
Peter Garrett
5
Birthdate: April 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wahroonga, Australia

Peter Garrett is an Australian musician, activist, environmentalist, and former politician. Renowned for his eccentric dance style and signature bald head, Garrett is best known for his association with the popular rock band Midnight Oil where he performs as the lead singer. A football fan, Peter Garrett supports the Essendon Bombers of the AFL.

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Chrissy Amphlett
(Former Singer best known as the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls)
Chrissy Amphlett
4
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
Died: April 21, 2013