Darren COGGAN (2001)

Darren Coggan

1996 - Star Maker winner.

In 1998, Darren was named "Young Citizen of the Year" in his beloved hometown of Wagga Wagga.

1999 saw Darren cast as "Richie Cunningham" in the World Premiere Arena Mega Musical "Happy Days" presented by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment, which toured Australia extensively.

In January 2001 Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration (with Beccy Cole, Felicity Urquhart and Adam Harvey) with Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”. This same year Darren hosted Foxtel’s top rating television show "Out & About - The Great Aussie Pub Tour" and made a guest appearance on the award winning Channel 7 drama "All Saints".  Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

Darren was cast to play the dual role of "Teen Angel" and "Vince Fontaine" in "Grease - The Mega Musical" presented by SEL & Gordon Frost Organisation, which toured Australia in the "Big Top" throughout 2001-2002.

Darren followed this up with the national "Big Top" tour of "Shout - the musical of the Wild One", presented by Jacobsen Entertainment in which he played several roles including 'Col Joye'.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Darren was awarded the ‘Centenary Medal’ – ‘For Services to Australian Society’ in 2003. This same year, he released his second album, "Balancing Act", for which he was awarded ‘Australian Independent Male Vocalist of the Year’.

He made another two guest appearances on the award winning Channel 7 drama, "All Saints" in 2004/05 and understudied John Farnham as Teen Angel in "Grease - The Arena Spectacular", presented by SEL & GFO.

In 2007 Darren performed the lead role of Cat Stevens to critical acclaim in the highly successful production ‘Moonshadows’ of which he co-created together with Peter Cox.

2008 saw Darren release his fourth album, ‘WAR STORIES’ – a moving salute to the ANZACS for which he was awarded his second Golden Guitar. He played the lead role in the world premiere production of John Williamson’s musical Quambatook and is currently starring in his new production "PEACE TRAIN – THE CAT STEVENS STORY".

2009 – Golden Guitar for Heritage Song of the year with “Too Dark For The Light Horse”. Performed to a sell out concert hall at The Sydney Opera House in his highly acclaimed production “Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story”. Peace Train continued to inspire, playing to standing ovations and critical acclaim as it lapped the country throughout 2012, 2013 & 2014, playing every major theatre in Australia.

2015 saw a very special Valentines Day performance at the State Theatre in Sydney and in 2015 Darren will take Peace Train ‘across the ditch’ to Auckland, New Zealand, for the first time.Darren will continue his close association with The Sydney Opera House as he presents ‘Country Kids’ for the highly successful Babies Proms series for Christine Dunstan Productions.