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Brian LETTON (1996)

Brian Letton

Born in Port Lincoln South Australia, Brian Letton was raised on his parent’s new land farming property, North East of Ravensthorpe in Western Australia. Brian considers that his upbringing in this, often harsh rural environment, taught him to appreciate the “true values of life”.  After leaving school, he worked on the land for several years before moving to Katanning—300 kilometres South East of Perth.  Over the next few years Brian worked at several jobs, including builder, welder, truck driver, farrier, horse breaker and trainer, with the latter bringing him noted success in the harness racing industry, both as a trainer and a reins person.  Brian was an exceptional sportsman, excelling at AFL (Australian Rules Football) and his keen interest in the sport remains today.

1989 - Brian began his professional career as a full time entertainer, after a decade working as a part time musician with various local bands. 

A succession of highly acclaimed awards was instrumental in Brian making the decision to move into the music industry full time. 

Brian writes and sings of his country and his fellow man with a rare feeling.  He writes of the things he knows, understands, loves and believes in.  His songs have won him Australian and International acclaim. He has had a succession of top 10 radio hits and his first ever nomination for the prestigious “Country Music Awards of Australia” for which the coveted Gold Guitar is the trophy rewarded Brian with, in

1991 - Making the “final five” in the “Best New Talent” category 

Over the ensuing years, Brian has been a finalist in these Country Music Awards on no less than 14 occasions.

1993 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1999 – Australian Independent Artist of the Year.

2001 – Australian Independent Heritage Track of the Year – Traditional with “The Land of Waltzing Matilda”.

2002 - People’s Choice Awards – Best Heritage Song with “The Land of Waltzing Matilda”.

2003 - Brian fulfilled a career long ambition to record with full orchestral backing under the guidance of the legendary maestro Tommy Tycho. 

To date, Brian has released 18 albums with long time friend and producer, LINDSAY BUTLER for one of Australia’s leading independent recording labels, LBS MUSIC

2005 - The release of his milestone 18th album titled, “TIMELESS”. NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year. Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Male Vocal with Leave Him in the Longyard.

2006 - NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year. Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Male Vocal with “Two Cords”.

2007 - NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year. Duo with Owen Blundell with “Rolling Wagon”.

2008 – Winner of the Peel Valley Lions Club of Tamworth Australian Country Music Services Award “for his support to many organisations around Australia including work from aboriginal workshops and the Royal Flying Doctors Service in the western states to the Blue Nurses and Westpac Rescue Service in the eastern states”.

2009 – Central West Gold Medallion Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year.

2010 – Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Male Vocal with “Sorry Mate”.

Since those early inspirational years on the family farm, Brian has certainly cemented his position as one of the premier entertainers in the Australian Music Industry, his professional career now spans more than 20 years. Combining his annual non-stop touring, legions of fans and long lasting successful recording history, Brian has accumulated many of Australia’s most prestigious music awards and accolades.

Possibly the best description of his music is “passionate”.   He is totally committed to his music, his songwriting, recording and most importantly his supporters.  His commitment remains unwavering and the future holds much more in store for this extremely talented performer.