Colin BUCHANAN (1999)
1964 - Born in
on the 23rd
1970 - His family immigrated
and settled in the southern suburbs of
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
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
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
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
Cassar-Daley and Garth Porter for “They Don’t Make “Em Like That
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,
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
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
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
2012 - Release of "The
Songwriters Sessions" on CD and DVD.