Category:21st-century Australian singers
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1. Iggy Azalea – Iggy Azalea is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, model and director. Born in Sydney and raised in Mullumbimby, Azalea moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip hop music and she earned public recognition after releasing music videos for her songs Pu$$y and Two Times on YouTube. She signed a contract with American rapper T. I. s Grand Hustle Records imprint in 2012, after gaining attention from her first full-length project. Azaleas debut studio album, The New Classic, peaked among the top five of charts worldwide. It topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums making Azalea the first non-American female rapper to reach the summit of the chart, the album was preceded by her debut single Work, and generated the U. S. She also went on to three top ten hits simultaneously on the Hot 100 with the aforementioned songs along with the fifth single from the album, Black Widow. Azaleas second studio album Digital Distortion is due in early 2017 and its lead single, Team, was released on 18 March 2016. Amethyst Amelia Kelly was born in Sydney and brought up in Mullumbimby and her father, Brendan Kelly, was a European-Australian painter and comic artist, while her mother, Tanya, cleaned holiday houses and hotels. Azalea lived in a house that her father built by hand from mud-bricks, according to Azalea, she has some Aboriginal ancestry, My family came to Australia on the First Fleet. My familys been in country for a long time, over 100 years. If your familys lived in Australia for a time, everyone has a little bit of. I know my family does because we have an eye condition that only Aboriginal people have, Azalea has also said that her father made her look at as a teenager, which has always influenced her life and work. She began rapping at age 14, before embarking on a solo career, Azalea formed a group with two other girls from her neighbourhood, I was like, I could be the rapper. Azalea eventually decided to disband the group because the girls werent taking it seriously. In pursuit of her desire to move to America, Azalea dropped out of high school and she worked and saved the money she earned by cleaning hotel rooms and holiday houses with her mother. She claims to have hated school, which, apart from art class and she also said she had no friends and was teased for her homemade outfits. Azalea travelled to the United States in 2006, shortly before she turned 16 and she recalled, My mum was crying, saying, Just be safe. I was thinking, Im going by myself, after her arrival in the U. S. she received her GED, and resided in the country on a visa waiver for six years, returning to Australia every three months to renew it
2. Nick Cave – Nicholas Edward Nick Cave AO is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. NME called him the lord of gothic lushness. Born and raised in rural Victoria, Cave studied art in Melbourne, in the 1970s, he formed and fronted the Boys Next Door, which spearheaded Melbournes bourgeoning post-punk scene. They changed their name to the Birthday Party and relocated to London in 1980, disillusioned by life in England, the bands sound and live shows became increasingly violent, and they garnered a reputation as one of darkest and most challenging groups of the 1980s. For this they are credited as an influence on gothic rock. The band, having released three albums and two EPs, fell apart after moving to West Berlin in 1983, after the break up of the Birthday Party, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1983, releasing its debut album the following year. The 1996 album Murder Ballads featured Where the Wild Roses Grow, Skeleton Tree, the bands sixteenth and most recent album, was released in 2016. Cave formed the rock group Grinderman in 2006, which has since released two albums. Cave co-wrote, scored and starred in the 1988 Australian prison film Ghosts. of the Civil Dead, Cave also wrote the screenplay for Hillcoats bushranger film The Proposition, and composed the soundtrack with frequent collaborator Warren Ellis. The pairs film score credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road, Lawless, Cave is the subject and co-writer of the semi-fictional day in the life documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. He has also released two novels, And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro, Caves songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. He is an Australian artist like Sidney Nolan is an Australian artist—beyond comparison, beyond genre, Cave was born on 22 September 1957 in Warracknabeal, a small country town in the state of Victoria, Australia, to Dawn Cave and Colin Frank Cave. As a child, he lived in Warracknabeal and then Wangaratta in rural Victoria and his father taught English and mathematics at the local technical school, his mother was a librarian at the high school that Nick attended. When Cave was 9 he joined the choir of Wangaratta’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, at 13 he was expelled from Wangaratta High School. In 1970, having moved with his family to the Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena, after his secondary schooling, Cave studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1976, but dropped out the following year to pursue music. He also began using heroin around the time that he left art school, Cave attended his first music concert at Melbournes Festival Hall. The bill consisted of Manfred Mann, Deep Purple and Free, Cave recalled, I remember sitting there and feeling physically the sound going through me. In 1973, Cave met Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert, John Cochivera, Brett Purcell and they founded a band with Cave as singer
3. Gabriella Cilmi – Gabriella Lucia Cilmi is an Australian singer-songwriter. In 2008, Cilmi was awarded six ARIA Music Awards, including Single of the Year and her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned, was released in March 2008, becoming a moderate international success. Her second studio album, Ten, was released in March 2010 and her third studio album, The Sting, was released in November 2013. Gabriella Cilmi was born in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong, of mostly Italian family with some Arbëreshë heritage and she moved to London with her family when she was fifteen, where she currently lives with her parents Paula and Joe and her brother Joseph. At an early age, Cilmi developed an interest in a range of pop music acts, including Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sweet. She has also cited Suzi Quatro as a particular influence, despite her natural aptitude and vocal talent, Cilmi was told that she lacked the discipline necessary to pursue a singing career. Idolising Janis Joplin, during this time she sang with a band covering songs by Led Zeppelin, Jet, Silverchair, Cilmi recorded original songs with writer/producers Barbara and Adrian Hannan of The SongStore. At the age of 13, Cilmi travelled to the US and she eventually signed a contract with Island Records UK. The tracks Dont Tell Me and Sorry, co-written with Barbara and Adrian Hannan, Cilmi shares a manager, writer/producers and UK record label with the Sugababes, and supported former Sugababe Mutya Buena at the Jazz Café in London in 2007. She made her UK TV debut in December 2007 when she sang her single Sweet About Me on Later, the same month, Cilmis song Sanctuary featured in the film St Trinians and on its soundtrack. Cilmi recorded the theme to UK TV series Echo Beach, which aired in early 2008 on ITV1, it is a cover of Echo Beach by Martha, in February 2008, she supported the Parisian band Nouvelle Vague on their UK tour. Cilmis first album, Lessons to Be Learned, was written, Cilmi has been compared to Amy Winehouse. The first single, Sweet About Me, debuted on the UK Singles Chart that month and it reached number seventeen on the Irish Singles Chart, and peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The song was used in an advertising campaign for the deodorant Sure/Rexona. Cilmis second UK single, Save the Lies, was not as successful as Sweet About Me, in Australia, the second single from the album was Dont Wanna Go to Bed Now, which reached number twenty-eight. The subsequent single, Sanctuary, was issued in November 2008, from March to May 2008, Cilmi supported the Sugababes on their UK Change Tour. She opened for James Blunt on his June 2008 Australian tour, in January 2009, Cilmi was nominated in the International Female category at the BRIT Awards and sang in the Rod Laver Arena before the 2009 Australian Open Mens Final. Cilmi performed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 2009 for Sound Relief, the event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground
4. Russell Crowe – Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia, Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category. Crowe is also the co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team. Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore Park, Crowes maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowes paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, Russell has built a cricket field named for his uncle. When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, the producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce was his mothers godfather, and Crowe was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson. Crowe also appeared briefly in the serial The Young Doctors, Crowe was educated at Vaucluse Public School but later moved to Sydney Boys High School. When he was 14, his family moved back to New Zealand where, along with his brother Terry, he attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He then continued his education at Mount Roskill Grammar School. Crowe began his career as a musician in the early 1980s, under guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin. He released several New Zealand singles including I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando, Pier 13, Shattered Glass and he managed an Auckland music venue called The Venue in 1984. When he was 18, he was featured in A Very Special Person, a promotional video for the theology/ministry course at Avondale College, a Seventh-day Adventist tertiary education provider in New South Wales. Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art, I was working in a theatre show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA, Crowe has recalled. I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA and he told me itd be a waste of time. He said, You already do the things, you go there to learn and youve been doing it for most of life, so theres nothing to teach you. From 1986 to 1988, he was given his first professional role by director Daniel Abineri and he played the role of Eddie/Dr Scott. He repeated this performance in a further Australian production of the show, in 1987, Crowe spent six months busking when he could not find other work
5. Delta Goodrem – Delta Lea Goodrem is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and she began her career as a child actress, starring in various television shows and rose to prominence in 2002 in the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Nina Tucker. This made Goodrem the first and only artist to have five singles from a debut album. Innocent Eyes is the album of the 2000s decade in Australia. Her second studio album, Mistaken Identity, was created while she was suffering from cancer and it became her second number-one album and brought her two more number-one singles, including Out of the Blue. In 2007, Goodrem released Delta, her third number-one album and her fourth studio album, Child of the Universe, produced the successful single Sitting on Top of the World. In 2016, her album, Wings of the Wild, became her fourth number-one album on the ARIA Albums Chart, while giving her another number-one single. Goodrem has a total of nine singles and 17 top-ten hits on the ARIA Singles Chart. She has sold eight million albums globally and won three World Music Awards,9 ARIA Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and several other awards. From 2012 to 2013, she served as a coach on The Voice Australia and she returned to The Voice Australia in 2015. Goodrem was born on 9 November 1984, to Denis and Lea and she has a younger brother, Trent, who is an Australian rules football player with the Central District Football Club in the South Australian National Football League. Goodrems parents named her Delta after Joe Cockers song Delta Lady and she appeared in numerous commercials for companies such as Optus and Nesquik, and had several minor roles in episodes of successful Australian television shows including Hey Dad. A Country Practice, and Police Rescue, while residing at Glenhaven, a suburb of Sydney, Goodrem attended the Hills Grammar School in neighbouring Kenthurst, from kindergarten until Year 11. She is known to return to her alma mater for visits, at the age of thirteen, Goodrem recorded a five-song demo CD, financed through her television work. It was sent to the Sydney Swans and they passed it onto Glenn Wheatley, interested in Goodrems potential as a recording artist, Wheatley signed Goodrem to an artist development deal with independent label, Empire Records. The album has yet to surface, Goodrem preventing its release years later via civil action in 2004, the album and proposed second single A Year Ago Today were pushed aside as a result, allowing Goodrem and Sony to re-evaluate her future musical direction. In 2002, Goodrem took up the role as shy school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker in the popular soap Neighbours, which helped re-launch Goodrems music career. The piano-based ballad Born to Try, co-written by Audius Mtawarira, premiered on the show and reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart, Born to Try was certified triple Platinum in Australia for sales of over 210,000 copies
6. Rolf Harris – Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer whose career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality. Harris is widely known for his musical compositions Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, which became a Top 10 hit in Australia, the UK, and the United States. He often used unusual instruments in his performances, he played the didgeridoo, is credited with the invention of the wobble board, during the 1960s and 1970s, Harris became a popular television personality in the UK, later presenting shows such as Rolfs Cartoon Club and Animal Hospital. In 2005, he painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. He lived in Bray, Berkshire, England, for more than six decades, Harriss career as a popular entertainer stopped when he was convicted and imprisoned for sexual offences. In 2014, at the age of 84, he was jailed on twelve counts of indecent assault that took place between 1968 or 1969 and 1986, on four female victims then aged eight and nineteen. As a result, he was stripped of many of the honours he had been awarded during his career, including the AO, since 2014, Harris has been serving a prison sentence of five years and nine months, at HMP Stafford. Harris was cleared of charges in February 2017, when a jury acquitted him of three charges and was unable to reach a verdict on four others. Harris was born on 30 March 1930 in Bassendean, Perth, Western Australia, to Agnes Margaret and Cromwell Harris and he grew up in Wembley, Western Australia. He was named after Rolf Boldrewood, the pseudonym of an Australian writer whom his mother admired, after his later fame, Harris was often referred to as the boy from Bassendean within Australia. As a child he owned a dog called Buster Fleabags, about whom he wrote a book. He painted a portrait of the then Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia, Sir James Mitchell and he won the 1949 Claude Hotchin prize for oil colours with his landscape On a May Morning, Guildford. As an adolescent and young adult Harris was a champion swimmer, in 1946, he was the Australian Junior 110 yards Backstroke Champion. He was also the Western Australian state champion over a variety of distances and strokes during the period from 1948 to 1952, Harris moved to England in 1952 and became an art student at City and Guilds of London Art School in South London, at the age of 22. He went on to illustrate Harbins Paper Magic programme in 1956, in 1954, Harris was a regular on a BBC Television programme Whirligig, which featured a character called Willoughby, who sprang to life on a drawing board, but was erased at the end of each episode. By this stage, Harris had drifted away from art school as a slightly disillusioned student. At the time that he was working with Veal, Harris was also entertaining with his piano accordion every Thursday night at a called the Down Under, frequented by Australians. At the Down Under venue Harris honed his entertainment skills over several years, eventually writing what became his theme song, Tie Me Kangaroo Down
7. Missy Higgins – Melissa Missy Morrison Higgins is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. Her Australian number-one albums are The Sound of White, On a Clear Night and The Ol Razzle Dazzle, Higgins was nominated for five ARIA Music Awards in 2004 and won Best Pop Release for Scar. In 2005, she was nominated for seven awards and won five. Higgins won her seventh ARIA in 2007 and her third album, The Ol Razzle Dazzle, was released in Australia in June 2012. As of August 2014, Higgins first three albums had sold over one million units. Higgins fourth studio album, OZ, was released in September 2014 and consists of versions of Australian composers. Alongside her music career, Higgins pursues interests in animal rights, in 2010 she made her acting debut in the feature film Bran Nue Dae and also performed on its soundtrack. Higgins was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to Christopher Higgins, an English-Australian general practitioner, and Margaret and her sister, Nicola, is seven years older, and brother, David, is six years older. Bored with practice, she gave up playing piano at that time, hoping for more freedom, she urged her parents to send her to Geelong Grammar School, an independent boarding school attended by her siblings. At Geelong she took up the piano again, this time playing jazz including performing with her brother Davids group on weekends and she was introverted and found that piano practice helped her cope with living at boarding school. At 15, she wrote All for Believing for a music assignment. The assignment earned an A and she performed her song in front of classmates and she approached a Melbourne record company and was told that they wanted more than one song. She wrote more songs and worked with the Kool Skools project, in 2001, her sister Nicola entered All for Believing on Higgins behalf into Unearthed, radio station Triple Js competition for unsigned artists. The song won the competition and was added to the play list. Two record companies showed an interest in Higgins—Sony and Eleven and she signed with Eleven, partly because they agreed that she would not be made into a pop star and partly because they were happy for her to take time off for a backpacking holiday. Higgins manager is Elevens John Watson, who also manages rock band Silverchair, Watson later disclosed that Missys the only time in my career I knew after 90 seconds I really wanted to sign her. She toured Australia, supporting Pete Murray and John Butler Trio and her four-track single Scar was released in July 2004 and debuted at No.1 on the ARIA Charts. Her first album, The Sound of White, was released in September, also produced by Porter, it sold over 500,000 copies
8. Natalie Imbruglia – Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian-British singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career with her hit cover of Ednaswaps song Torn. Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle, sold 7 million copies worldwide, further releases, White Lilies Island and Counting Down the Days, did not sell as well, although the latter became number one in the UK. In 2007 she released Glorious, The Singles 97–07, a compilation featuring the single Glorious. Since 1997 Imbruglia has sold 10 million album copies and she co-starred in the 2003 film Johnny English and was leading actress in the 2009 film Closed for Winter. On 3 December 2014, Imbruglia announced plans to release a newly recorded album of songs performed by male artists. The album, Male, her first since 2009s Come To Life, was released in July 2015, Imbruglia was born on 4 February 1975, in Sydney, Australia, second of four daughters of Maxene and Elliot Imbruglia. Her father is of Italian descent, Imbruglia grew up in Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, between Sydney and Newcastle. At 15, she moved to Sydney with her family and studied ballet, tap, Imbruglia appeared in Australian television commercials for Coca-Cola and the Australian snack Twisties. She left school at the age of 16, to pursue acting and she secured a role as Beth Brennan on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. By the end of her year, she left the show to move to London in 1994. She met Anne Barret, who became her manager and convinced her to record a demo of four songs and she signed a record deal with BMG, after a demo of Torn impressed RCA Records. Imbruglias first international single, Torn, was a cover of an Ednaswap song and it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1997, number one on airplay around the world and number one on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks. It sold more than one million copies in the United Kingdom alone and it was released as a radio single in the US, but not on CD. The single was on Billboards Hot 100 Airplay chart for 14 weeks, at the time, singles not released commercially could not be on the overall Hot 100 chart. By the time the changed in late 1998, Torn was heading down the charts. The single also topped the Top 40 Mainstream/CHR Pop and Adult Top 40 charts, in October 1997, it broke the airplay record in the UK for six weeks. It was No.1 for 14 weeks in the UK radio chart and it was the No.1 radio single in the US from March to July 1998, knocked to No.2 by The Goo Goo Dolls Iris
9. Hugh Jackman – Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. Jackman has won recognition for his roles in a variety of film genres. His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards themselves, he won an Emmy Award for one of these appearances, Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009. Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman and his parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the Ten Pound Poms immigration. One of his paternal great-grandfathers, Nicholas Isidor Bellas, was Greek and his parents were devout Christians, having been converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after their marriage. Jackman has four siblings, and was the second of his parents children to be born in Australia. He also has a younger half-sister, from his mothers remarriage and his parents divorced when he was eight, and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and Jackmans two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with Jackmans two sisters. As a child, Jackman liked the outdoors, spending a lot of time at the beach and on camping trips and he wanted to see the world, I used to spend nights looking at atlases. I decided I wanted to be a chef on a plane, because Id been on a plane and there was food on board, I presumed there was a chef. I thought that would be an ideal job, following graduation, he spent a gap year working at Uppingham School in England. On his return, he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, in his final year of university, he took a drama course to make up additional credits. The class did Václav Havels The Memorandum with Jackman as the lead and he later commented, In that week I felt more at home with those people than I did in the entire three years. After obtaining his BA, Jackman completed the one-year course The Journey at the Actors Centre in Sydney, about studying acting full-time, he stated, It wasnt until I was 22 that I ever thought about my hobby being something I could make a living out of. As a boy, Id always had an interest in theatre, but the idea at my school was that drama and music were to round out the man. It wasnt what one did for a living, I found the courage to stand up and say, I want to do it. Jackman has said he always loved acting but when I started at drama school I was like the dunce of the class and it just wasnt coming right to me. Everyone was cooler, everyone seemed more likely to succeed, everyone seemed more natural at it, I think it is good to come from behind as an actor
10. Samantha Jade – Samantha Jade Gibbs is an ARIA Award-winning Australian singer, songwriter, actress and former child model from Perth, Western Australia. She has written tracks for artists including JoJo and Ashley Tisdale, on 20 November 2012 Jade won the fourth season of The X Factor Australia, the first woman to win the Australian series. She subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released her winners single What Youve Done to Me, Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Perth, Western Australia. Her father, Kevin Gibbs is of Anglo-Indian descent, while her mother, Jade also has two younger brothers, Alex and Thomas TJ Gibbs. Her mother died on 8 June 2014 after a battle with cancer. Jade began modelling at the age of four and at age nine she won a talent show after singing Amazing Grace and she attended Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School and Hampton Senior High School. In 2002, Jades friend sent her demo to a producer in Los Angeles, California. The following year, they moved to Los Angeles, in 2004, she signed with US record label Jive Records and began recording a few demo tracks. That year, a song she co-wrote, Secret Love, was recorded by JoJo for the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shark Tale, in 2006, Jade recorded the title track Step Up for the 2006 dance film Step Up. The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by rapper Wyclef Jean, the single which had little promotion appeared for one week on the Billboard Pop 100 peaking at number 92. In 2007, Jade released her follow-up single Turn Around and it was sent to mainstream radio in the United States on 14 August 2007, as the lead single from Jades debut album, My Name is Samantha Jade. After three years with the label, My Name is Samantha Jade was never released, in 2007 Jade co-wrote and sang back-up vocals on the track Positivity on Ashley Tisdales debut album Headstrong. The following year, Jade co-wrote and sang vocals on the song Cant Walk Away on Tiffany Evans album Tiffany Evans. Jade was later dropped from Jive Records and attempted to continue to work on music independently with American record label Affinity West Entertainment. Jade recorded the controversial Golden Touch album for the label which would result in issues regarding the release of the album. In 2010, Jade made her debut in the film Beneath the Blue. The film was released in 2009, Jade notably recorded a track the following year with David Guetta and Laidback Luke for David Guettas fourth studio album One Love which was released in August. The track did not make the final track-listing but is featured as a track on certain international releases
11. Paul Kelly (Australian musician) – Paul Maurice Kelly AO is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and he has worked with other artists and groups, including associated projects Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. Kellys music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output straddles folk, rock and his lyrics capture the vastness of the culture and landscape of Australia by chronicling life about him for over 30 years. David Fricke from Rolling Stone calls Kelly one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Kelly has said, Song writing is mysterious to me. I still feel like a total beginner, I dont feel like I have got it nailed yet. After growing up in Adelaide, Kelly travelled around Australia before settling in Melbourne in 1976 and he became involved in the pub rock scene and drug culture, and recorded two albums with Paul Kelly and the Dots. Kelly moved to Sydney by 1985, where he formed Paul Kelly, the band was renamed Paul Kelly and the Messengers, initially only for international releases, to avoid possible racist interpretations. At the end of the 1980s, Kelly returned to Melbourne, Kelly has been married and divorced twice, he has three children and resides in St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne. Dan Kelly, his nephew, is a singer and guitarist in his own right, Dan performed with Kelly on Ways and Means and Stolen Apples. Both were members of Stardust Five, which released an album in 2006. His biographical film, Paul Kelly, Stories of Me, directed by Ian Darling, was released to cinemas in October 2012, Kellys Top 40 singles include Billy Baxter, Before Too Long, Darling It Hurts, To Her Door, Dumb Things, and Roll on Summer. Top-20 albums include Gossip, Under the Sun, Comedy, Songs from the South. Nothing but a Dream, Kelly has won ten Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards, including his induction into their Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2001 the Australasian Performing Rights Association listed the Top 30 Australian songs of all time, which included Kellys To Her Door, aside from Treaty, Kelly has written or co-written several songs on Indigenous Australian social issues and historical events. He has provided songs for other artists, tailoring them to their particular vocal range. The album Women at the Well from 2002 had 14 female artists record his songs in tribute, Paul Maurice Kelly was born on 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, to John Erwin Kelly, a lawyer, and Josephine, the sixth of eight surviving children. According to Rip It Up magazine, legend has it that Kellys mother gave birth to him in a taxi outside North Adelaides Calvary Hospital and he is the great great grandson of Jeremiah Kelly, who emigrated from Ireland in 1852 and settled in Clare, South Australia. His paternal grandfather, Francis Kelly, established a law firm in 1917, John Kelly died in 1968 at the age of 52, after being diagnosed with Parkinsons disease three years earlier. Paul Kelly was thirteen years old when his father died, Kelly described his father, I have good memories, he was the kind of father that, well, I missed him when he died very much
12. Nicole Kidman – Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Australian actress and film producer. Kidmans breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm, other successful films followed in the late 1990s. Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge, earned her a second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her performances in the drama Birth and the thriller The Paperboy earned her Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and her performance in the 2010 drama Rabbit Hole, which she also produced, earned Kidman further accolades, including a third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn. Kidmans performance in Lion earned her a fourth Academy Award nomination, Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion in the Order of Australia, as a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films, Kidman was born 20 June 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. Her father was Antony Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author and her mother, Janelle Ann, is a nursing instructor who edited her husbands books and was a member of the Womens Electoral Lobby. Kidmans ancestry includes Irish, Scottish, and English heritage, being born in Hawaii, she was given the Hawaiian name Hōkūlani. The inspiration for the name came from a baby elephant born around the time at the Honolulu Zoo but the name is also a commonly used Hawaiian name for girls. At the time of Kidmans birth, her father was a student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He became a fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidmans parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, the family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her mother now lives on Sydneys North Shore. Kidman has a sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist. Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls High School and she was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years. She says that she was first inspired to become an actress upon seeing Margaret Hamiltons performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Kidman has revealed that she was timid as a child, saying, I am very shy – really shy – I even had a stutter as a kid, which I slowly got over, but I still regress into that shyness