James BLUNDEL (2007)

James Blundell

Born in Queensland town of Stanthorpe and was brought up on a sheep and cattle station near the town. As an adult he worked as a station hand across various locations in northern Australia. After a back injury sustained while working on a farm in Papua New Guinea he turned to music

1987 - Star Maker winner. Released ”Gidgee Bug Pub Song” as a single.

1988 - Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent of the Year.

1989 – Golden Guitar for Male Vocalist of the Year with “Cloncurry Cattle Sales”. Mo Awards for Male Country Performer. Released the album “James Blundell”.

1990 – Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year with “Kimberley Moon”. Mo Awards for Male Country Performer. Released the album “Hand It Down” which was also released in the Unite States.

1991 – Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year with “Blue Heeler” and Male Vocalist of the Year with “Age of Grace”. ARIA Best Country Album with “Hand it Down”.

1992 – Released the album “This Road”,

1993 – Golden Guitars for Top Selling with “This Road” and Vocal Duo with James Reyne with “Way Out West”. Touch of Water.

1995 – Released the album “Earth & Sea”,

1999 - Amsterdam Breakfast, In the lead-up to the Australian republic referendum in 1999 Blundell recorded the official song for the No campaign despite being in favour of a republic.

2001– Released the album “I Shall Be Released: The Very Best Of James Blundell”.

2003 - Blundell garnered media attention for his song "Postcards From Saigon" and speaking out against the war in Iraq.

2005 - APRA/AMCOS Australian Independent Country Music Single of the Year with “Postcards from Saigon”. Australian Independent Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year with “Postcards from Saigon” and Australian Independent Heritage Track of the Year – Traditional with “Nature’s Gentleman”. – Released the album “Deluge”.

2007– Released the album “Ring Around The Moon”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

2008 – Released the album “Portrait Of A Man

2009 – Queensland Gold Medallion Award- Male Vocalist of the Year.

2010 – “The Ultimate Rock N Roll Jam Session”  show was a resounding success playing to packed houses nationally including a memorable 16 night sting at Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

During 2010/2011 James was the narrator for Network 10’s hit television show, “Keeping Up With The Jones” – a program which followed the extraordinary life and times of the Jones family on Coolibah Station in the Northern Territory.

March 2012 - James was announced as the inaugural inductee into the Country Music Channel (CMC) Hall of Fame by long time friend, one time band member and 2008 Australian of The Year, Lee Kernaghan. The induction also included tributes from country stars Catherine Britt and Travis Collins whose renditions of classic Blundell songs further reinforced his influence on a generation of Australian performers. 

He joined the team of 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show as the host of the Commonwealth Bank Arena’s Showtime Spectacular. Whether it was introducing the Stockmen’s Ride, emceeing the Royal Rodeo Series or performing one of his classic songs to the thousands in attendance, his works and voice took the audience on a journey to a very different Australia.

James thew his hat into the political ring in June 2013 after being selected as Katter's Australian Party's lead Senate candidate for Queensland in the 2013 Federal Election.

2014 was viewed as a rebirth of sorts for James Blundell. He spent the year focusing on writing new material and commenced working with a new booking agent and record label planning for the next chapter of his career.

2015 – Released the album “Come On In”.