There are many world-renowned Australian male artists in the music industry. This is a short list that highlights the achievements of just some great male artists from Australia.
John Peter Farnham
During the over 50 years of his career, Farnham has become one of Australia’s best-known and most popular male artist. He is the only Australian artist whose records made No 1 in five consecutive decades. The English-born Australian pop-rock singer was a teen pop idol for 12 years. Although he was a member of the Little River Band for a while, most of his work has been as a solo artist. He’s gone on tours with artists like Jimmy Barnes, Stevie Nicks, and Lionel Richie. Farnham was TV Week’s “King of Pop” for 5 consecutive years, 1987 Australian of the Year, 1996 Officer of the Order of Australia, and has won 19 ARIA Awards including his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Asides recording, he also performed in several shows and TV series.
Guy Theodore Sebastian
Being the first to win the Australian Idol, Sebastian has served as a judge on “The X Factor” in Australia. The singer-songwriter is the only male artist from Australia to achieve 6 number one singles. Nine of his albums made top 10, seven of which were certified platinum or multi-platinum and two were No 1. His first single “Angels Brought Me Here” was the highest selling song in Australia last ten years. With 52 platinum and 7 gold certifications, Sebastian is among the great male artists from Australia. His accolades include 28 nominations for ARIA Awards, 4 ARIA awards, APRA award, 2 Urban Music Awards and an International Songwriting Competition award. He also has many successful works with other popular artists including his Billboard-topping “Battle Scars” with Fiasco.
Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban is an Australian singer who has performed at various country festivals since he was 10-years-old. After signing with EMI in 1990, He expanded his career from singing country music to songwriter, guitarist, musician, record producer and a judge on TV shows when he moved to Tennessee. Some of his popular songs are “Somebody Like You” and “Wasted Time”. With 9 studio albums, 4 Grammy Awards, 4 ARIA Music Awards, 2 American Music Awards, a BMI Awards, a Billboard Awards and many others, Urban is among the great male artists from Australia. He was a coach in 2011 “The Voice Australia”, and a judge on 2012, 2013, and 2016 “American Idol”.
Born in Scotland, the Australian rock singer-songwriter, Jimmy Barnes, is among the world-renowned and best-selling Australian artists of all time. Taught singing by his elder brother, Barnes moved to Adelaide at age 5, becoming the lead vocalist for Cold Chisel. He gained international fame during his solo career. His 1985 “Working Class Man” and 1993 “Stone Cold” are still favourites. With 14 Australian chart-busting albums for Cold Chisel and 13 chart-topping solo albums, including nine No. 1s, Barnes has more hit albums than any other Australian artist.
Wouter “Wally” De Backer
Professionally known as Gotye, the Belgian-born Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist is among the great male artists from Australia. He has 4 studio albums and various other titles. He is a founding member of Melbourne group “The Basics”. Loved by fans for his voice, he is compared to Peter Gabriel and Sting. His 2011 “Somebody That I Used to Know” made No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Among his accolades are 5 ARIA Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, and an MTV EMA nomination.