Wayne Horsburgh 2013


1955 – Born on the 11th of June and raised in the Victorian countryside near Benalla, Wayne Horsburgh started singing at a young age, forming his own dance band at age 11. Some of his early musical influences were Frank Ifield and Slim Whitman, hence the love for yodelling - a crowd pleaser at his shows.

1976 - Entered a talent quest in Albury which he won. This lead to Wayne appearing on a television program hosted by Wally McQuaker.

1978 - Entered the CCMA Talent quest during the Tamworth Festival and won Best Yodel and Best Male Vocal. Toured with Buddy Williams.

1979 - Moved to Sydney to further his career. Dorothy Barry (of the Barry Sisters) asked Maurie Porter to book him onto a number of shows and venues.

1984 - Mo Awards for Male Country Vocal Performer. Went to the USA for a 5 week holiday.

1987 - Entertained on a number of cruise liners out of Sydney. Applied to the Sitmar Lines and was given the job to entertain on an Alaskan cruise. This led to a 3 month contract entertaining on10 day cruises around the Carribean.

1989 - Mo Awards for Country Performer of the Year.

1989 - His big break in the U.S. came when he was invited to perform at Wisconsin's Hodag Country Festival, sharing the stage with country music stars Emmylou Harris, The Oak Ridge Boys, Freddy Fender and Ricky Van Shelton to a crowd of 30,000. This was the first of 9 appearances at this festival. Started to spend six months living and working in America.

1990 - Mo Awards for Country Performer of the Year.

1991 - Mo Awards for Male Country Vocal Performer.

1991 - Wayne represented Australia at the Nashville 'International Fan Fair', where he performed on the grandstand stage. He then had his own booth at 'Fan Fair' each year until 2003 signing autographs for the fans alongside many of the legends of American Country Music.

1996 - Mo Awards for Male Country Vocal Performer.

1997 – Moved to Branson, Missouri (U.S.A) from where he toured America.

1998 - Wayne first represented Australia at the International World-Fest at "Silver Dollar City", in Branson, along with 500 other International entertainers. He has returned for this huge festival nearly every year since then, flying the Aussie flag.

1999 - A.C.E. Country Male Performer.

1999 - Wayne has appeared at many County Fairs in Wisconsin over the years.

2002 – Appeared on the Hodag Country Festival in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, on July 11th. Appearing with Wayne that night, were Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw, while also appearing over the weekend were Toby Keith, Neal McCoy, Alabama, Leroy Van Dyke and many others

2004 - A.C.E. Country Male Performer.

2006 – In April during the World-Fest he was backed by a Czech Republic Orchestra.

2007 – Mo Awards for Slim Dusty Male Country Vocal Performer.

2007 Wayne performed at the 30th anniversary Hodag Festival, being his 9th appearance on this huge show.

2009 – In April he represented Australia once again at World Fest. Wayne has also performed at the 'Great American Music Festival' at Silver Dollar City, over the past 12 years for hundreds of shows, backed by the Horse Creek Band.
With 21 album releases throughout the years, Wayne records on
Rotation Records (Aust) Pty Ltd, the latest CD’s being 'Born Free' and 'I Still Call Australia Home'. There are two releases distributed on the Jasmine Records label. These are Songs of the Islands Volume One and Can You Hear Those Pioneers?. Other titles include A Salute To Slim Whitman, An Aussie Ozark Christmas, Memories & Guitar Strings, Land of Enchantment and The Old Country Church.

2010 - Decides to cease his six month a year of living and working in America to live and work full time in Australia.

2012 – April. Inducted into Tasmania's Axemans Wall of Fame in Latrobe, alongside fellow artists Jean Stafford, Phil Emmanuel and Wayne Horsburgh.

2013 – Elevated to the Roll of Renown.