Speakers Profile - Mark Seymour

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Mark Seymour is internationally regarded as one of Australia's best singer / songwriters. Since making his name as the lead singer of Hunters & Collectors, Mark has enjoyed a stellar career as a singer and acoustic guitarist. He?s also composed film scores, written and performed music for theatrical productions and acted. Mark reached Australian rock cult status throughout the 80's and 90's as the lead singer for Hunters & Collectors, the band performed around the world, a rollicking eight piece funk ensemble. When in 1998, Mark decided he'd done all he could as the front man of Hunters & Collectors, he plunged into the unknown, finding himself alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar. In going solo, Mark discovered a new and refreshing intensity in his voice that he'd believed he'd lost in the band. Mark Seymour's subsequent five solo albums, each of which has been highly successful, still bare the raw, emotional hallmarks of his writing for the landmark Hunters & Collectors album, Human Frailty.

In 2008 Mark wrote & released a novel, Thirteen Tonne Theory, a loose collection of stories, observations and exploits from his 18 years with Hunters & Collectors and subsequent career as a solo musician.

Mark explored some more acting last year with a theatrical role in the 2009 Malthouse Theatre production "One Night The Moon" and a guest appearance on Channel 7's "City Homicide".

2010 see's Mark writing material for a new solo release and performing around the country.

A passionate, intense vocalist, Mark continues to draw a strong crowd. Mark Seymour's song writing ever evolves, as he produces songs that resonate and permeate one's consciousness. Mark Seymour's music and lyrics have formed an indelible part of Australia's musical songbook.