Colin BUCHANAN (1999)

Colin Buchanan

1964 - Born in Dublin, Ireland, on the 23rd of May.

1970 - His family immigrated to Australia and settled in the southern suburbs of Sydney.
After a solidly suburban education, Colin completed his diploma in Primary School teaching.

1988 - After just 2 years of full-time teaching, Colin and his wife, Robyn headed to Cornerstone Christian Community, 18 km west of Bourke, NSW. It was there, living amongst the red dirt and gidgee trees of Pera Bore, that Colin began writing the songs about the bush that would eventually lead to his successful writing and recording career.

1989 - Colin came to the attention of Sydney-based producer John Kane who was touring central western NSW with his band The Flying Emus.

1991 - Released his first album through ABC Music, “Galahs In The Gidgee”.

2006 - The release of Colin’s first book, an illustrated hardcover edition of his classic favourite, “Aussie Jingle Bells”, published by Scholastic.

1992 – Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year with “Galahs on the Gidgee”.

1993 – Golden Guitar for Heritage Award with “A Drover’s Wife”.
First appeared on the ABC TV's Play School and then on the 7 Network/Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney. Colin has been solidly ensconced as one of the most beloved (and recognisable) faces of Australian children's television.

1994 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1996 - Colin released the first of his hugely successful "Aussie Praise for kids" albums.

1998 – Golden Guitar for Heritage Song of the Year with “Edge of the Kimberley”.

1999 – Golden Guitars for Bush Ballad of the Year with “That Old Caravan” and Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Lee Kernaghan with “Tough Job”.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

2000 – Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year with Troy Cassar-Daley and Garth Porter for “They Don’t Make “Em Like That Anymore”.

His 17 albums span the genres, from country music to children’s music (with a platinum-selling diversion into the crazy world of Christmas music on the hit Aussie Christmas with Bucko and Champs) and have garnered career album sales well on the way to a quarter of a million units.

Colin has seen his songs touch an even wider audience after his "in the moment" song, Beaconsfield, to mark the successful rescue of trapped Tasmanian miners Brant Russell and Todd Webb. Written on May 9th, 2006, the day of their release, and placed as an acoustic, laptop-recorded demo onto his website as a free download, the song spread far and wide. Another song, Goodbye Crocodile Hunter, written as a tribute to Steve Irwin as Colin and the world were still coming to terms with the loss, has likewise given a musical dimension to the public's processing of a profound and sad event.

Colin Buchanan is a 9-times Golden Guitar winner, an APRA and ARIA award winner with career album and DVD sales that stand in excess of 240,000 units. A regular on national TV and radio for over 15 years, a leading children's entertainer, award-winning singer/songwriter and highly sought after co-writer, and a number1 selling Christian artist.

As well as his musical and TV exploits, Colin has an established reputation as corporate host and MC with 8 Golden Guitar Awards under his belt and a raft of corporate events for clients as diverse as Optus, HIA, UTAG travel and Toyota.

For 8 years he hosted the TOYOTA Outback Club Radio Show, heard on over 120 stations nationally and he makes regular appearances on the top rating 702 ABC Sydney satirical weekly wrap-up, “Thank God It’s Friday” with Richard Glover.

2012 - Release of "The Songwriters Sessions" on CD and DVD.