Speakers Profile - Luke Dickens

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There is clearly something about Luke Dickens' story that resonates deeply within the Australian psyche.

A country kid with a yin for the outback; Luke left school at 16 and plied his trade shearing sheep in the dusty outcrop of Young for the next nine years -- a life he would have been quite happy continuing to lead -- however, a dare to audition for Australian Idol soon changed everything.

Dazzling the judges with a rousing rendition of Billy Joel's classic Piano Man, Luke found himself selected for the esteemed top 24 and as it so turned that was only the start of Luke's journey. His honest spirit, soaring voice and natural charisma saw the Australian public take Luke into their hearts and in return took Luke to the vaulted top two of that year's competition -- not bad for someone who had never set foot in the music industry. 2008 proved to be a landmark year for Luke in more ways than one with his first son, Jordan, born in the midst of the competition.

2009 was crammed with appearances all over the country -- a personal highlight for Luke was performing at the launch of V Australia in LA. In June, he took his show on the road on his Guns for Hire tour playing to sold out rooms & proved his worth as a performer away from the cameras. His truly unique voice and laidback charm had his audiences coming back for more.

In November 09 Luke released his much anticipated Debut Single Seize the Day -- an emotive tour de force of one man's journey towards his dreams, a message both pertinent and inspiring. Gaining radio rotation with the single around the country this independent artist just kept getting bigger in 09.

In 2010 Luke's debut album release is planned for April followed by a national tour. Working on his own as well as with some of Australia's finest writers has meant that Luke's album is an authentic and remarkable body of work, in the tradition of great Australian Rock.

It appears the shearer from Young, will always remain a country boy & with his career as a singer set for longevity, Luke Dickens will be a name to be seen on the Australian music scene for a long time to come.