John McSWEENEY (1981)
Born on a dairy farm in the
Woodford area of Queensland John McSweeney never imagined that
one day his music would be sold not only in Australia and New
Zealand but also right throughout the United Kingdom and now in
the United states of America where John has recently released
his third "100 Songs You Know By Heart" Volume 3.
John McSweeney has always had a
love for the great songs that were written back in the 30's,
40's & 50's so he made the decision back in the late 80's to put
together medleys of all the great standards that people could
sing along with either at a party or in the car travelling. John
recorded 50 songs in medleys then another 50 and due to the
success of that first recording he has now recorded 4 volumes
with 8 CD's that contain over 450 songs.
In the late 90's John decided it
was time to try to have his music released in other countries
and his first trip was to the United Kingdom where the first
record company he approached signed John up on the spot and as a
result he has sold well in excess of 500 thousand copies of his
sing along music.
Next stop was the U.S.A where he
went to new York which John admits was a little harder to gain a
contract but after a couple of visits he signed with the biggest
music catalogue company in the U.S.A where his third volume was
recently released and he has started receiving letters from all
over the U.S.A with comments that they love his voice and it was
great to hear the old songs that they grew up with once again.
Due to the success of his
music in the American catalogue his record company have now
decided to advertise his Volume1 "100 Songs You Know By Heart"
on television which is not bad for a young fellow who grew up on
a dairy farm in Queensland.
1979 - Recorded "Mr Country Entertainer" on Opal
1981 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1994 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Gold Medallion Award- Male Vocalist of the Year.