James BLUNDEL (2007)
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
he turned to music
1987 - Star Maker winner.
Released ”Gidgee Bug Pub Song” as a
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.
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
1992 – Released the album “This
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
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
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
2007– Released the album “Ring
Around The Moon”.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
2008 – Released the album “Portrait
Of A Man”
Gold Medallion Award- Male Vocalist of the Year.
“The Ultimate Rock N Roll Jam
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
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
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