If "experience is not what happens to you but what you do with what happens to you" then Graeme Connors has experience to burn. As a songwriter with a unique perspective and an immediately recognisable style, Graeme has put his experience to good use in the creation of many classic songs. (14 CD's worth of songs to be exact, and that doesn't account for the extended catalogue he has penned for other artists: artists as diverse as John Denver, Jon English and Slim Dusty. His songs are meaningful, light-hearted, poignant or political - but always imbued with the beauty, depth and frailty of the human condition.
It has been a remarkable journey for Graeme - one that began over three decades ago when he was the latest hot new 'discovery'. Graeme toured as the support act for Kris Kristofferson in 1974. The legendary American singer/songwriter was so impressed with Graeme he produced his debut album, And When Morning Comes.
Successes over the next decade included co-writing Hot Town, a hit single for Jon English and becoming a favoured songwriter of the late Slim Dusty, who recorded 12 of Graeme's songs including the 1989 Song of the Year, We've Done Us Proud (winning Graeme the first of his 12 Golden Guitars). Graeme enjoyed a long musical friendship with Slim and his family and was invited to sing Amazing Grace at his state funeral when the King of Country passed away in 2003.
But it was the release of the evocative A Little Further North, from Graeme's first ABC album, North, that really attracted attention to Graeme's extraordinary way with words and melodies. Released in 1988, North was an immediate success and set Graeme on the path of building a solid fan base that continues to grow.
Graeme has certainly been prolific in his musical output. North was followed by the semi-autobiographical South of These Days in 1989, then Tropicali in 1991. He travelled to Nashville for fresh inspiration in 1992; a trip that led to the release of The Return in 1993. Homeland really hit the mark with his fans and the Country Music Industry, earning Graeme three Golden Guitars for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 1995 Awards. The Here and Now came next in 1995, followed by The Road Less Travelled in 1996, One of the Family - Graeme's family-cum-Christmas album in 1997 - and the brooding and evocative A Delicate Balance in 1999.
The Simple Truth from Graeme's 2002 release, This Is Life, was one of several songs that heralded a shift in Graeme's musical direction. With long time friend & co-producer Mark McDuff assuming a greater role in both the co-writing of songs and general musical direction, Graeme and Mark travelled to Nashville to work with famed studio musician and co-producer Bruce Bouton. The results were outstanding with the critically acclaimed This Is Life serving as a reminder that the true artist is always willing to explore change in the pursuit of excellence.
2004 led Graeme back to Nashville to record The Moment with Bruce Bouton and a stellar group of world-renowned acoustic musicians. At a time when the hits of the day all featured anthem-rock-oriented electric guitars, Graeme chose to swim against the tide with this inspiring and exquisite acoustic recording. It was described at the time of release as his most personal work to date.
It's All Good... More Of The Best followed in 2006. Featuring 4 new songs amid a selection of personal favourites re-mixed and re-mastered, It's All Good. provides a career overview that highlights yet again, the long line of quality song writing and recording that is the hallmark of this dedicated and talented Artist.
Graeme is the proud recipient of two APRA song-writing awards, two PPCA Awards for the most played country artist on Australian radio, two American Song Festival Awards, two MO Awards for live performance, 12 Tamworth Songwriters' Association Awards, including the prestigious Song-maker accolade for his overall contribution to Australian song-writing and in 2006 he was inducted into the Tamworth Walk Of Fame.
Reflecting his position in the Australian Country Music Industry, Graeme has been the accorded the honor of 'Tamworth Australia Day Ambassador' by the Australia Day Council, the Centenary Medal 'in recognition of distinguished contribution to the entertainment industry', and is a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow.
Nambour Civic Centre is one of his favourite tour stops. He will be performing at the Centre on Saturday 17 May at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at the box office of phone 5475 7777
Adult $38.50, Pensioner /Student $33.50, Child under 12yrs $20
Nambour Civic Centre
Saturday 17 May 8pm
Nambour Civic Centre, Not Assigned
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