Anne Kirkpatrick

1952 – Born on the 4th of July in Granville, Sydney.

1962 - Started performing in her parents' travelling country show.

1963 – Started boarding college. Studied piano and recorded duets with her father.

1967 – Moved to Sale College in East Gippsland where she finished her schooling and was involved in a group playing at local concerts.

1974 - Anne released her first solo album, “Down Home”.

1976 - After university, Anne hit the road with the family show for the next couple of years, releasing another solo album, “Let The Songs Keep Flowing Strong And Naturally”.

1979 – Anne and a few like-minded musicians from her fathers’ backing band formed the Anne Kirkpatrick Band. Playing the inner city pub circuit in Sydney, they gained a strong mainstream audience and consolidated a loyal country audience. Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year with "Grievous Angel" from the “Shoot The Moon” album. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1980’s greatest hits collection “Annie’s Songs”.

1982 – Released “Merry Go Round Of Life”.

1985 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1988 - After a short break to raise her family she reappeared with a new album, “Come Back Again”. Produced by Mark Moffatt, “Come Back Again” saw Anne nominated for Best Country Album at the 1988 ARIA Awards and also for Most Popular Female artist, alongside performers Jenny Morris and Kylie Minogue.

1990 - She released a duet album with her father, “Two Singers - One Song”,

1991 – Golden Guitar for Top Selling Album for “Two Singers – One Song”, and was also an ARIA finalist for Best Country Album.

In the following years Anne played both with her own bands and the Slim Dusty Show.

In the same year Anne recorded a number of tracks for ABC Records’ 0-9 series of children’s albums, which subsequently led to a signing with the newly formed ABC country label.

1991 - Release “Out Of The Blue”, her first album for ABC Country was heralded as a watershed album in Australian country music and her album “Showman’s Daughter” was declared by Bruce Elder of the Sydney Morning Herald to be "a remarkable achievement that keeps Australian country music in the hands of the nation’s first family". ARIA Best Country Album, two Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth for Best Album and Best Female Vocal and a Mo Award.

1992 – ARIA Best Country Album with “Out of the Blue”.  Golden Guitars for Album of the Year with “Out of the Blue” and Female Vocalist of the Year with “I Guess we’ve been Together Too Long”.

1993 - “Game of Love” released, the title track winning APRA Country Song of The Year for writers Heather Fields and James Gillard and a Mo Award for Female Country Performer of the Year.

1995 – Release of “Anne Kirkpatrick and Friends Live” recorded at the annual Country Music Festival held in Tamworth. It was an album celebrating 21 years of solo recording for Anne. It included duets with friends from the industry such as Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daly and Jane Saunders and was also a wonderful celebration of Anne’s unique musical heritage with tracks recorded with Slim and Joy and also her brother David.

1997 – “Cry Like A Man” was released, and Anne toured England and Ireland as support artist for her father Slim Dusty.

2001 – “Travellin’ Still...Always Will”, was released and features the title track that Anne wrote as a tribute to Slim and Joy and their remarkable pioneering life together.

It is a very special album for Anne as it was a collaborative effort with her father Slim Dusty, featuring a number of duets as well as solo tracks from both Anne and Slim.

2003 - People’s Choice Awards – Best Bush Ballad with “Travellin’ Still .... Always Will”.

2005 - Tracy and Anne won the Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of The Year with “Back to those Rolling Plains”. This was the first song of Stan Coster that Slim recorded.

2006 – Release of “Showman’s Daughter” an album of raw authentic performances and insightful and at times deeply personal stories.

The writing credits read like a branch of the Dusty family tree with contributions from Anne, her mother Joy McKean, her late father Slim Dusty and her son James Arneman. Also featured are songs from writers who have enjoyed long associations with the family, such as Cold Chisel’s Don Walker.

2007 - Anne won her 6th Golden Guitar Award at Tamworth for Bush Ballad of the Year with the Joy McKean-penned track "Peppimenarti Cradle". Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Female Vocal with Peppimenarti Cradle".

2008 - Released April, is the Slim Dusty Family Reunion album, featuring 3 generations of the Dusty clan. Anne toured extensively in 2008 as part of the Family Reunion Tour.

2009 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Female Vocal with “Took His Saddle Home”.

2010 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Group or Duo with Dianne Lindsay for “Long Road Home”. Elevated to the Roll of Renown.