Adam Brand(born 27 January 1970 in Perth) first began playing drums at age ten, Brand moved to Sydney in
1997 and released his first album, a self-titled effort, on Flying Nun Records the following year. The album reached No.44 on the Australian ARIA album charts and was certified platinum.
Brand was awarded 3 CMAA awards in
1999, Brand was nominated for 'Best Country Album' (Adam Brand) at the 1999 ARIA Music Awards. He also won the 'Johnny O’Keefe Encouragement Award' at the 1999 Mo Awards.
2000, he released his next album, Good Friends, which reached No. 26 on the album charts. He was also nominated again for 'Best Country Album' (Good Friends) at the 2000 ARIA Awards.
2001 Brand won 3 CMAA Awards for 'Album of the Year', 'Male Vocalist of the Year' and 'Song of the Year'. He also won a Mo Award this time for 'Male Country Performer of the Year'.
2001, he began recording for Compass Brothers Records releasing Built for Speed. The album was released in January
2002 reaching No. 24 on the album charts and was certified platinum in Australia. He won a further Mo Award for 'Male Country Performer of the Year' that year.
2003, Brand also won a CMAA Award, 'Heritage Song of the Year', for "The Anzac".Brand's next album, Get Loud, was released in
2004, debuted at No. 2 on the Australian Country charts and No. 16 on the National Album charts in 2004 and was certified Gold. Get Loud was also nominated as 'Best Country Album' at that year's ARIA Awards. On 10 October
2005 he released a Christmas themed album, Christmas in Australia.
2006 saw the release of Brand's fifth studio album, What a Life. The album reached No. 28 on the national album charts and was certified Gold. Brand received another ARIA nomination for 'Best Country Album' (What a Life) in 2006. His next album, Blame it on Eve was released in July
2008, peaking at No. 1 on the Australian Country charts and No. 10 on the National Album charts (his highest charting solo album to date). He also won three CMAA Awards, 'Single of the Year', 'Vocal Collaboration of the Year' and 'Video Clip of the Year' with Lee Kernaghan and Steve Forde for "Spirit of the Bush",2008.
2009 he released Hell of a Ride, which peaking at No. 2 on the Australian Country charts and No. 19 on the National Album charts. Brand also won the 'Best Independent Country Album' award at the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Awards and the CMAA Award 'Male Artist of the Year'. In September 2009 Brand signed a recording contract with the Nashville-based division of Sony Music Entertainment for the distribution of his recordings in the United States.
He featured in season nine of the live Australian reality show Dancing with the Stars, winning the competition on 6 September 2009. He was partnered by professional dancer Jade Hatcher, who Brand married on 31 May 2010.
2010 Brand was nominated for three CMAA Awards, 'Album of the Year', 'Single of the Year' and 'Male Artist of the Year'.
Brand is also a keen fan of motor sport. His song Dirt Track Cowboys is themed around speedway racing and features Speedway commentator Wade Aunger. Brand has also raced, spending several years racing in the V8 Utes category racing Ford Falcon V8s in the early 2000s. Brand recently made a return to racing, competing in the 2011 Eastern Creek Six Hour. Brand and his co-drivers won their class racing a Suzuki Swift.
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Ernest "Ernie" Ashley Dingo AM (born 31 July 1956) is an Indigenous Australian actor and television presenter, comedian, teacher and promoter originating from the Yamatji people of the Murchison region of Western Australia. He is a designated Australian National Living Treasure.
Dingo hosted the television program The Great Outdoors> since 1993. He has also appeared in many Australian television series such as Blue Heelers, The Flying Doctors, Heartbreak High and Rafferty's Rules.
He appeared in the TV mini-series' The Cowra Breakout (1984), A Waltz Through the Hills (1987), (for which he won an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama) and Kings in Grass Castles (1997), as well as co-starring with Cate Blanchett in the Australian television drama series Heartland (Heartland is known as Burned Bridges in the United States).
Dingo narrated the Indigenous segment of the 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Sydney, New South Wales.
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